The president of a college in Netanya intends to transform his campus into a self-sustainable island to demonstrate how a "smart" electricity microgrid can function successfully in an urban community. Prof.
During the smart energy panel, experts from government institutions, academia and the business world discussed the necessary components for establishing smart energy systems that facilitate optimized energy use through constant consumer and producer communication yet are financially viable and can stand up to cybersecurity threats.
By transforming the ORT Hermelin campus into a functional microgrid, the college's faculty and students hope to reveal how electric power can be delivered precisely to the modern consumer exactly according to request and without power failures or extraneous costs.
"We are not the pioneers worldwide," Golan said, referencing the
Golan used the word "procumer" to highlight the more active, less traditional role that the producer-consumer or professional- consumer will more and more be taking in the electricity market.
At ORT Hermelin, an intelligent power system with solar cells and wind turbines in addition to the conventional electricity grid will be managed on a micro-grid cloud system and will allow for storage of unused energy, Golan explained.
"The project will eliminate electric outages and moderate the ever growing demand in electricity," he said.
The project is on its way to becoming a reality and already has several financial backers from both the governmental and corporate world, Golan told session participants. One company that will likely be part of the plans is Nation-E, an Israeli firm that uses island methodologies to optimize energy production and consumption, with a focus on energy cybersecurity, energy storage systems and energy risk management solutions.
Smarter energy management is critical because "if you do not know how to manage your energy, energy goes into areas you never expected," stressed
For example, he explained, approximately 20 percent of energy production in
"This is the entire capacity of our Israeli grid," Jammer said.
His dream and a core goal of his company has been "to create a bank of energy" with reliable storage as well as provide a constant knowledge to the consumer and producer as to what is taking place with their physical energy assets, he said. To do so, proper communication, management and security is obligatory, Jammer explained.
Jammer presented some of his technologies, such as a device called the Cerebrum, which provides a virtual power that involves the same infrastructure used by the telecommunications industry, yet with a basis in energy.
"Energy needs to be what telecommunications is today - a network, a dynamic network where we can optimize constantly," he said. "This dynamic is the future."
"When you say smart, you claim that what was done before was not so smart," Wald said, observing that the current topology for electricity grid infrastructure has successfully sustained itself for 150 years. "We have now a new scenario."
Some challenges that the world is facing including the fact that there no longer are sustainable supplies of electricity as well as a minimal amount of resources, and planners have to integrate new types of producers and provide tools for future generations, according to Wald.
"The smart grid should give the answer to all these things," he said.
Wald advocated a distributed management of
In developing smart grids for electricity, Wald stressed that it is crucial to take into account that electricity systems and their use must tie in seamlessly with other types of infrastructure, such as water, operating like one functional human body.
"We have to think about the nexus between all the markets," he said, emphasizing the importance of "holistic design."
All in all, in the Sustainability in Cities project, Wald said that he and his colleagues have come up with about 450 parameters that they want to consider while building the city, in order to incorporate all the markets and shareholders. As part of the project, they would like to see a new neighborhood - such as a specific one planned for Dimona - built based on the parameters, as well as make improvements to an existing neighborhood. Throughout the entire process, Wald stressed that his administration will be in constant contact and collaboration with the designers and planners.
"We want to change the way of designing, change the way of planning," he said.(c)
The president of a college in Netanya intends to transform his campus into a self-sustainable island to demonstrate how a "smart" electricity microgrid can function successfully in an urban community.