Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital, the largest Bulgarian city, and the 13th largest city in the European Union. It hosts some 1.24 million residents within a territory of 492 km2, a concentration of 17.9% of the country population within the 200th percentile of the country territory. Sofia is the economic hub of Bulgaria and home to most major Bulgarian and international companies operating in the country. In addition, Sofia is a regional IT hub, ranking second among the Top 10 fastest-growing tech centers in Europe in terms of annual growth of active members.
Montana is a town in northwestern Bulgaria. It is situated on the river Ogosta and has population of approx. 44,000 within a territory of 69,24 km². An important advantage of the province related to its location is the fact that two European transport corridors of TINA network run through its territory – corridor No 4 Vidin-Montana-Vratsa-Sofia-Kulata and corridor No 7 (the river Danube). These factors have a stimulating impact on the total development of industry, agriculture, trade and tourism in the province. Because of its attractive location, Montana has recently becamethe new location of the largest disaster recovery carrier neutral data center in Bulgaria.
The geographic separation between the two cities is 110 km, which allows minimizing the consequences for the business from eventual catastrophic disasters on the datacenters. Abilix Soft’s servers are located in data centers of the highest class – massive buildings with security, specialized fireproof and earthquake protection, guaranteed power supplies, guaranteed network connectivity and fast internet from multiple providers. We have new energy-efficient equipment with reduced electricity consumption and archives situated in a remote and protected place, which assures trouble-free work for our clients. It is our mission to always be one step ahead from the other providers, that’s why we have the newest generation fast NVMe discs PCIe Gen4, latest generation heavy-duty AMD Epyc processors and 100 Gbit internal network.
Bulgarian demonstrator have servers in three facilities – two enormous production datacenters and a smaller production one. The datacenter points are located in Sofia and Montana.
The Spanish demonstrator is located in Zaragoza and its surroundings (Aragon region, in the North-East of Spain). Aragon is characterised by a large population concentrated in its capital city, which, together with the large number of industrial and service companies, generates a great area of energy consumption. The rest of the region has a very dispersed population (rural area) and a large number of renewable generation plants. To facilitate the integration of these renewable sources, it is proposed that all types of energy consumers and prosumers are incorporated into flexible markets, which is why the Spanish demonstrator consists of residential, office and industrial buildings, covering the main types of consumers in the area.
The Greek demo-site is located in the city centre of Thessaloniki and is composed of a set of 50 residential buildings, 3 energy retail stores and one large commercial facility managed by WVT as utility company together with INNO as energy efficiency services provider. Therefore, the whole demonstration area will represent a common EU neighbourhood and will aim at obtaining real experiences on how EU citizens can participate in and facilitate the deployment of flexibility services supporting the grid operators.
Motta district is an urban area with residential buildings, offices, warehouses, and an elderly care home. All prosumers are connected to the AEM distribution network and are served by a 400 kVA substation. The pilot site leverages the existing smart metering infrastructure, with 2 years of 15-minute consumption and production historical data. Moreover, the district has a PV plant and a V2G-ready EV charging column for additional flexibility.