As part of the European D2Grids project, which is part of the Interreg North West Europe program, the first advanced thermal demand management demonstrator has been deployed on the EPA Paris-Saclay 5th generation heating and cooling grid, one of the project's five pilot sites.
The objective of this demonstrator is to provide thermal flexibility to the grid with a goal to further reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
What does this demonstrator consist in ?
This first experiment aims to equip a certain number of student housing units on the Paris Saclay urban campus with wirelessly connected thermostatic valves in the Moulon district. These thermostatic valves will be coupled to repeaters which will communicate the data collected to a main controller developed by VITO/EnergyVille. This STORM controller will allow the remote control of the grid temperature. This should allow a more accurate management of the heating needs, for two reasons:
- Users will be able to remotely control the temperature set point of their home via a dedicated application
- It will be possible to obtain consumption information remotely and to reduce consumption peaks by adjusting the temperature of homes, when necessary, without reducing comfort.
How many homes are concerned?
A total of 180 radiators will be installed in the homes of 69 Centrale-Supélec students who have volunteered for the 2021 academic year.
What is the timetable for the deployment of this future demonstrator?
The pilot phase began in December, allowing the installation of connected thermostats in 11 homes in the same building to serve initially as a test building and to ensure that the system works properly before a wider deployment in the rest of the homes from January 2022.
Who is involved in this project?
The Aretic-Technologis consortium oversees supplying and installing the various home automation components. Naldeo Technologies & Industries, as EPA's Project Management Assistant, is in charge of the link between EPA and the various stakeholders, including CESAL, which is in charge of managing the residences. Various student associations are also involved in the project, including Viarezo, the student association in charge of the grids and computer systems in the residences, and Impact, the association for raising awareness of ecological issues among CentraleSupélec students.
This first experiment is a test phase that will allow for the larger-scale deployment of the system in all the campus residences.