Privacy preserving Transactive Energy Management (PriTEM)
In this project, which is a so-called convergence environment, we will development new knowledge at the intersection of Energy technology, Energy Informatics, Psychology, and Data and Energy Law through collaboration and highly cross-disciplinary research synergy for privacy preserving and secure data sharing based transactive energy management.
The project is led by Assoc. Prof. Sabita Maharjan from the Department of Informatics. Other academic partners include Department of Technology Systems, Department of Psychology, Department of Private Law/Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (SERI), and Department of Energy and Resources Law, at the University of Oslo.
About the project
Transactive energy management (TEM) is a new concept for peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trade that has the potential to create a truly participatory and distributed energy market with increased deployment of sustainable energy through active participation and contribution from local prosumers as key stakeholders in the energy ecosystem. Understanding aspects related to prosumers is crucial for acceptance and adoption of the P2P energy trade paradigm. Regulatory and policy aspects also play a vital role in such a transition. There is however a clear knowledge gap as aspects related to users, data and energy law are less explored.
In this convergence environment, we will development new knowledge at the intersection of Energy technology, Energy Informatics, User psychology, and Data and Energy Law through collaboration and highly cross-disciplinary research synergy for privacy preserving and secure data sharing based transactive energy management
Specifically, we will examine and characterize the socio-psychological aspects that can act as potential barriers in the transition towards a TEM framework. Leveraging that, our research will develop an understanding of the role of trust, transparency and prosumer empowerment in this context, and develop computation efficient and scalable privacy preserving and secure data sharing solutions to build and enhance digital trust to empower the prosumers. Finally, the project will integrate the socio-psychological and regulatory aspects into a holistic framework to optimize the TEM process incorporating technical challenges related to the energy system
The main objectives of PriTEM are as follows:
O1: To understand and to gain deeper insight into the strategic needs and requirements of prosumers regarding privacy preservation and secure data sharing concerns and other socio-psychological barriers for adoption of the P2P energy trade framework.
O2: To explore novel, scalable and computation efficient ways for privacy protection and secure data sharing- to facilitate an autonomous and participatory approach shifting the focus from grid operators to end-users.
O3: To build on existing regulatory, policy and legislative framework of data security, privacy preservation and digital trust to advance and appropriate regulatory regime for TEM in Norway, integrating the requirements of EU law, and notably the newly recast Renewable Energy Directive (REDII)
O4: To holistically optimize TEM by incorporating the social, psychological and legislative aspects into the technical research problems such as addressing scalability and power quality, and studying the impact of P2P energy trade on the distribution grid.
With this cross disciplinary team, the research will lead to generation of new knowledge, development of new methodology and approaches. The findings and research results of this project are expected to create high impact in the field of energy technology and energy informatics. The research proposed in this convergence environment addresses two key societal challenges towards realizing the vision of Zero-emission communities and smart cities: access to green and sustainable energy alternatives, and transition to a sustainable energy ecosystem based on local market that provides more flexibility to prosumers.
- Department of Informatics (IFI), Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo
- Department of Technology Systems (ITS), Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo
- Department of Psychology at the Social Sciences Faculty, University of Oslo
- Department of Private Law/Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (SERI), University of Oslo
- Department of Energy and Resources Law at the Law Faculty, University of Oslo
Industrial Partners and Collaborators
- Norwegian Water Resourses and Energy Directorate (NVE)- Regulating body,
- Nord Pool (Operator)
- Eye Networks,
- Smart Innovations Norway,
- Alpha Venturi
- Prosa Security.
In total we will be hiring five PhD students and one Postdoctoral Researcher for the project in different departments.
- One PhD Positions at PSY (Info to be added)
- Two PhD Positions at IFI (Info to be added)
- One Postdoctoral Researcher at IFI (Info to be added)
- One PhD Position at LAW (Info to be added)
- One PhD Position at ITS (Info to be added)
The project is funded by the UiO Energy Convergence Environment Call 2020/2021.