During the second year of activity, the DEMAND project hardware and software prototypes will be tested in the field at three pilot installations which represent the three sectors of intervention that the product will cover (residential, services and industrial).
The residential site intended to be used for validation is a private user that has collaborated in the past with similar initiatives. This site is located at the residential area of Mattarello (Trento), with domestic loads featuring annual consumption of approximately 3000 kWh and a photovoltaic installation which selectively routes energy to a 400 Ah accumulator, loads or the grid.
The pilot site for the industrial sector will be set up in at least one company within the Conversano technology park. In particular, agreements have been finalized with a company that is active in the photovoltaic installations sector. The metering systems will be installed in three different environments:
- the production and assembly department, where certain particularly energy intensive machines and lighting installations organized along several operating cells are located;
- the administration department, where the use of electricity addresses several criteria which are typical of the tertiary sector rather than the industrial production sector itself;
- at the company’s new photovoltaic system for the production of electricity for internal consumption.
Two additional companies are available at the Conversano site: a farm and a manufacturer of machine tools.
The pilot project that DEMAND will implement in the tertiary sector will be located at Pont Saint Martin, in Valle d’Aosta, at the Data Center made available by Engineering, the lead company of the DEMAND project. This is one of Europe’s largest Data Centers. It is part of a network consisting of another 5 Data Centers owned by Engineering and located in Turin, Rome, Padua, Vicenza and Milan which can communicate with each other through a broadband loop. The PSM data center occupies 2,700 square meters subdivided into separate and self-sufficient bunkers across 4 security levels. It implements “extended campus” solutions with the Turin data center and geographic “disaster recovery” solutions with the Vicenza DC. In the last few years, the Data Center has invested extensively in research and innovation, with the scope of improving energy efficiency (currently power usage effectiveness (PUE) is lower than 1.6) by actively participating in co-funded initiatives such as GAMES and GEYSER and creating installations that use renewable sources, such as the latest generation geothermal installation that uses 13° water from the underlying aquifer for the cooling system.