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Through the Portuguese commercial pilot, some Sonae MC stores joined the project making available a set of stores (12) where some innovative solutions will be tested and implemented in real-life situations. The preparation phase and pilot setup phase have been performed since the beginning of the Interconnect project (Oct 2019). The pilot demonstration will be performed from October 2021 till the end of the project, on October 2023.

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Take advantage of the interoperable framework developed within the project to:

  • Develop an integrated Energy Management System (iEMS) for retail stores

Retail stores network have a large diversity of devices and technologies responsible for energy consumption and generation, from HVAC systems, cold units, lighting, storage, PV generation, e-mobility, emergency generation, etc… the integration of this technologies from different manufacturers, running different software’s poses a challenge to the retailers to have effective ability of monitoring and control over assets.

  • Explore the provision of Energy Management services through the iEMS

Energy Management can be done at local level, where each building management system will monitor and control the existing devices and systems, targeting specific goals such as, energy bill reduction, energy consumption reduction, maximization of local RES usage, among others. Similarly, energy management can be done at central level, where iEMS interact with buildings BMSs and orchestrates the whole ecosystem targeting specific goals.

  • Demonstrate flexibility aggregation for DSF to DSO

The increase of renewables penetration (and its associated variability) combined with the electrification of the economies, particularly regarding mobility, distribution networks management is set to be increasingly challenging. The key to unlock the solution might not be only on the DSO side. Consumers may also have a word in this context by adjusting its load upon grid operators request. In this context SonaeMC will interact with EDPD in order to demonstrate DSF.

  • Demonstrate that convenient EV charging in private areas can impactfully promote e-mobility

Convenient EV charging aims to take provide EV users the possibility to charge their vehicles while shopping while the system ensures charging is in line with any flexibility needs.

Technologies & Infrastructure

The comercial pilot will be implemented in 12 retail stores spread along Portuguese territory where: ~75% will have local RES; ~75% will have local e-mobility; ~50% will have both local RES and e-mobility. The pilot will test the following technologies:

BMS – Building management system

System that integrates subsystems / devices available within a store.


System that integrates the BMS systems of different stores.

Interoperability layer

Set of semantic adapters that enables different systems to communicate with each other.

EV chargers

Hardware necessary to charge EV’s.

Technical platforms

Set of technical platforms from various actors (e-mobility manager, retailer, flexibility aggregator, store manager, etc.) that will communicate through the interoperability layer enabling the deployment of new services and solutions

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