SHAR-Q: Storage capacity over virtual neighbourhoods of energy ecosystems


The SHAR-Q project will establish a peer-to peer (P2P) interoperability network to connect neighborhooding systems of distributed energy resources (DERs) - including Renewable Energy Sources (RESs), Energy Storage (ES) and e-vehicles (EVs) - in a collaborative framework that optimizes the DERs deployment in the grid.


Additional Information


Intermittency of RESs challenges their integration into power systems. This can be resolved by the ES technologies emerging on the market. If, on the one hand, ES is unavoidable in future smart grids (SG) with large share of variable renewable generation, on the other hand, the unit cost of energy from ES is several times higher than the cost of energy consumed upon its output from RES. In this context, the starting point of the SHAR-Q project is the concept that optimizing the sharing of ES capacities deployed at distributed locations will reduce the ES capacities needed, bringing significant savings. This, in turn, will significantly reduce the unit cost of energy output of the RES+ES systems that are participating in the sharing process.

  SHAR-Q Network  


SHAR-Q will produce a comprehensive framework for the interoperability and decentralized management of DERs in smart distribution systems, entailing:

  • An open interoperability gateway, with correspondent open API and semantic interface descriptors, to connect communication links and DERs operated by different actors (prosumers, DER aggregators, DSOs and providers of added-value energy services), based on the most adopted standards.
  • Provision to users of ability to manage their contribution to the collaborative energy management within the SHAR-Q framework, in a way that resembles the social web portals.
  • A range of added-value energy services, such as
    1. Advanced meteorology and climate services for RESs forecast.
    2. Optimization of DERs capacity sharing, to exploit synergies among the connected actors and minimize the ES costs.
    3. Adaptive EV charging, to charge EV batteries with the cheapest available energy.
    4. Vehicle-to-grid (V2G), to use EV batteries as energy buffers in the grid.
  • Implementation and demonstration of the SHAR-Q platform in three field trials, in Portugal, Austria and Greece.
  • Specifications for certification and standardization of the approaches.


The project Consortium includes energy service providers, DSOs, ICT companies (including ATOS and ATOSCZ, BAVENIR SRO) as well as academic institutes.

ACS Role

ACS’s role comprises technical management, research and implementation, real-time simulation, and cloud platform development.



SHAR-Q Sponsor

This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under Grant Agreement no. 731285, and runs from November 2016 to the end of October 2019.