Smart City Policy Makers
A widely known and promoted short-term goal EU has set is about reducing its emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. This goal drives the European energy landscape towards reduced greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption while increasing energy efficiency. In doing so, it paves the way for the next phase in the energy transition, namely the integration of renewable sources of energy. However, the intermittent and distributed nature of such sources is perceived as a major challenge for the grid’s stability and seamless energy provisioning. As a result, the trend nowadays is towards decentralizing the energy system and exploiting green energy locally, close to production, to the extent possible. The GEYSER project, recognizing the potential data centres carry towards supporting this transition, develops tools and novel business models to enable their active participation to their local energy system(s).
To that end, GEYSER aims at realizing local green energy marketplaces with data centres and smart city energy actors as main participants. The goal is to maximize energy efficiency and green energy usage at both the data centre and the smart city or smart district level. Such a marketplace, operated on day-ahead, intra-day or near real-time basis, will enable a Smart City Energy Manager, potentially in charge of overseeing the optimal operations of energy distribution and management networks, in order to ensure that energy demands on a Smart City level are met at all times.