The municipality of Capriasca installed a 30 kWp PV plant in the village of Lugaggia on the roof of the local kindergarten. The building is located on the edge of a residential area, mainly consisting of single-family houses. The self-consumption potential of the kindergarten is limited because most of the production takes place during school summer holidays when the local consumption is low.
AEM, the DSO serving the area, intends to promote the creation of a SCC named Lugaggia Innovation Community (LIC), connecting together the kindergarten and ten nearby houses.
The energy exchange inside the community will be compliant with existing laws regulating the Self Consumption Communities.
By creating the SCC, AEM aims at testing and verifying its capability to provide new energy services to its customers, by leveraging on two novel technical solutions provided by the Swiss companies Optimatik and Hive Power.
The first solution consists of a centralized energy management platform, which uses the existing smart meter infrastructure for sensing and actuation.
The second solution implements a decentralized control approach secured by blockchain technology and requires the installation of computing and controlling unit, connected to the smart meters.
To further increase the flexibility in the SCC, AEM will install a district-level storage system.