The HESTIA Deployment Plan, a reference point for Demand-Response based projects

HESTIA recently released the Deployment Plan, a single point of reference for all partners to be followed throughout the pilot site deployment and integration activities.

Despite its functional role for consortium members, we consider that it can be a useful reference for any EU stakeholders in the energy sector interested in planning demand-response equipment deployment, especially if they share with HESTIA partners a holistic approach taking into account both technological and social innovation. Indeed, the HESTIA deployment plan embodies the interdisciplinary nature of the project: technical installations can’t be untied from citizen engagement actions and the understanding of the regulatory context of each pilot.

The document was curated by GridAbility, responsible for task 5.1. The interconnections with other tasks are shown in the picture below:

As advanced in previous news, the aim of the Deployment Plan is to identify the monitoring needs and required measuring points for each pilot, which have been compiled in a monitoring framework that supports the collection of the minimal data sets necessary to input data on the HESTIA platform for the baseline period. Furthermore, the document which can be found in the project’s publications section details the actual deployment plan of monitoring and control equipment in the pilot sites, including timeline, responsibilities, technical specs of the equipment, and the identification of any installation permits and regulatory constraints. Installations will concern NesosNet smart meters (by GridAbility), Develco sensors, and Midac batteries: these devices will be installed in each pilot accordingly to the pilot’s topological, technical, functional, and user requirements.

The process of defining collaboratively the content of the deployment plan provided partners with the occasion to fine-tune elements of the platform, communication protocols, requests to households, and equipment software updates. A successful equipment installation ensures that data can flow to the HESTIA platform to start the baseline period and inform users of demand/response actions being taken. The next step is following the document guidelines and deploying equipment in the different pilots (Palaiseau, Voorhut, Berchidda) while ensuring that communication with citizens is clear and timely, and the data can feed in the HESTIA platform.

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