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NRG-5 project aims to contribute to the 5G PPP/5G Initiative research and development activities with concepts, requirements, innovative open-source prototypes, state of the art laboratory experiments, heterogeneous real-life trials and recommendations towards the realization of a Smart Energy as a Service use case that will stress 5G current results and co-develop a new 5G communication infrastructure focusing mainly in the areas of security, privacy, trust and high availability, expressed as:

Contribute to the 5G-PPP infrastructure

Highlighting the limitations of current network infrastructures and the need for a decentralized, trusted, scalable and lock-in free plug ‘n’ play mechanism.

Extended 5G ETSI-MANO framework

integrating analytics in the orchestration and management processes addressing smart energy applications’ VNF optimal sizing and chaining.

Software stack for 5G prototypes and traceable VNFs

Demonstrating mMTC, uMTC and xMBB communications, end-to-end security and MCM to enable secure, scalable and energy efficient communications.

State of the art 5G validation mechanism

State of the art 5G laboratories, real life trials demonstrators (both electricity and gas) and smart energy proof-of-concept applications validating the 5G results via energy use cases.

Micro-cloud extended Mobile Edge Computing

xMEC open source software stack, facilitating automated analytics-based deployment of MTC-related and utility-centric VNFs.

Scalability, Resilience and High availability

Recommendations to address short, medium and long term requirements along with business models to handle CI-SLAs.

NRG-5 Validation, Use cases and Trials

NRG-5 results will be validated at 3 state of the art laboratories that combine VNF software stacks, IoT/5G radio and energy real trials and emulations and 2 real life trials offering multi-RAT (cellular, IoT/MTC and satellite) communications and real energy (electricity and gas) infrastructures.

Use cases:

Use Case #1: Realizing decentralized, trustedlock-in free “Plug & Play vision”

Use Case #1 addresses on one hand mMTC via the vast number of smart meters and on the other hand uMTC as most VNFs require real-time control of the smart energy services. It is important to note that all proposed VNFs may be applied well beyond utility networks to any type of mobile hardware constrained terminal.

Use Case #2: Aerial Predictive Maintenance for utility infrastructures

Use Case #2 addresses xMBB communications via the vMPA VNF for video streaming from the drones and analysis to the xMEC and the utilities control centre, as well as uMTC communications via the vDFC VNF for controlling the flight of drones.

Use Case #3: Resilience and High availability via Dispatchable Demand Response (DDR)

Use Case #3 addresses mMTC communications via the huge number of RES, DES and controlling units, as well as uMTC communications as most VNFs require real-time control of the smart energy services.


Lab #1: POPs SDN micro Datacentre

Lab#1 will host the NRG-5 development repository, automatic build and laboratory testing targeting NFVs and VNFs, along with software quality control. For that purpose, POPs will utilise Synelixis’ (the mother company) SDN/VNF micro Data Centre.

Lab #2: Rutgers/WinLab ORBIT Lab

Lab #2 is centred around the “radio grid emulator”, providing facilities for reproducible networking experiments with large numbers (up to 400) of wireless nodes.

Lab #3: UPMC FIT Lab

Lab #3 UPMC will offer to NRG-5 access to the FIT (Future Internet of Things) Lab. UPMC FIT Lab is part of the IoT-Lab offering a very large scale IoT.

Lab #4: RWTH 5G/Smart Grid Lab

Lab#4 will validate NRG-5 requirements and VNF framework under several different smart energy requirements.


Pilot #1: Natural Gas network/LNG Terminal (France)

Pilot #1 will be provided by ENGIE and target natural gas network and LNS terminals. Pilot#1 is aimed to provide a) Predictive Maintenance: aerial monitoring and incidents localization, by monitoring gas compressors and pumps from the selected monitoring centers.

Pilot #2: Optimized Energy Network Management and Control (Italy)

Pilot #2 will be implemented by ASM, the Terni municipal electricity and gas distribution network operator and EMOT in Terni and will validate all three NRG-5 use cases. Plug’n’play scenario of smart cross-network meters and optimized substation management.