The over all duration of SEAF is planned for 24 months (from February 2016 to January 2018), allowing for suitable time to develop the software tool and test it with stakeholders. The work is organized into 6 Work Packages (WP), each of which has a clear focus that contributes to achieving the project’s overall aims.
WP 1: Communication, Stakeholder – SEAF Interaction
Led by Joule Assets, WP 1 aims to foster continual contractor and investor stakeholder exchange with the SEAF consortium and to ensure end-user input though widespread awareness raising and communication. The WP will run for the length of the project.
It will achieve these aims through:
- The establishment of the core Stakeholder Group and continued interchange with SEAF.
- The development and deployment of expert interviews, educational activities and materials.
- Holding 4 stakeholder workshops to test and analyse the SEAF platform interface on the Stakeholder Group.
WP 2: Use Case Definition
Led by Joule Assets, WP 2 focuses on defining the services that will be included in the project. These services are divided into two categories: services to be demonstrated for contractors and services to be tested for investors. Use cases are developed in close cooperation with the Stakeholder Group. This WP will run throughout the length of the project.
This will be achieved through performing a detailed evaluation of:
- The expectations, constraints and other requirements of potential contractors taking into account different SEA project types (EE, DR, storage, distributed renewables generation), as well as different project volumes and national markets.
- The expectations, constraints and other requirements of potential investors taking into account different SEA project types as well as different project volumes and national markets.
- The needs and requirements of the administrator access to the SEAF back-engine based on the use cases of SEA contractors and investors.
- Future business services in order to ensure the Platform’s adaptability to new business models.
WP 3: Standardised Risk Assessment
WP 3 extends over the first nine months of the project. Led by HSBEIL, its aim is to establish a framework to enable specialist energy efficiency insurance to be delivered to SEA contractors, which enable SEA contractors to approach investors with “insurable” projects. This will create significantly greater investor confidence through transfer of a project’s technical risk and the resulting credit risk enhancement.
This will be achieved through the establishment of:
- An Insurance Distribution Framework, whereby accredited insurance intermediaries are identified in all target countries, and a Terms of Business Agreement (TOBA) are drawn up for each intermediary to allow the placing of Energy Efficiency Insurance in the local market.
- A Compliant Policy Documention, whereby the HSB Energy Efficiency Insurance policy is professionally translated into the business language of each target territory. Each document is legally reviewed, overseen by HSB and completed by local legal firms.
- A customised Risk Assessment Model, whereby HSB reviews the data capture process and documentation in order to create a bespoke process for target SEA contractors. The data capture process establishes a base line performance for the project and captures the expected performance of each individual energy conservation measure (ECM).
WP 4: Requirements, Specifications, Security and Privacy Policies of SEAF Services
Led by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, WP 4 gathers the requirements, specifications and models of the three existing evaluation and risk management services participating in the project (an SEA valuation and optimization tool, standardized performance protocols, and the risk assessment components) in order to orchestrate the integration of them in WP 5. WP 4 runs throughout the life of the project.
This is achieved through the development of:
- A robust survey on data security whereby compliance requirements will be gathered and baselined.
- Appropriate services and user interfaces for contractors, based on the results of WP 1 and WP 2.
- A set of predefined contractor automated and manual interfaces to provide visualisation and interaction with the contractor services.
- The investor services based on the requirements compiled in WP 2. This service is developed in coordination with the Stakeholder Group, and includes elements such as a market tool to accurately evaluation a given project, identification and access to new revenue streams, and risk overview and mitigation.
- Predefined, automated and manual investor user interfaces to provide visualisation and interaction with the investor services. All investor objects are developed as stand-alone components to allow restructuring of the interface at the user’s will and will include (among other instruments) personal profile information, recent activity on the platform, and a project pipeline overview.
- The implementation requirements, in order to create a flexible platform that enables the addition of future business scenarios and specifications.
WP 5: Coordination and Services Integration
Led by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, WP 5 integrates the three different types of services developed in SEAF into a single, streamlined offering. It began in month five and continues until the end of the project. This WP is a continuation of WP 4, and fine-tunes the integrated platform through an extensive demonstration process. The demonstration process is real in that the investments made use the templates, valuation and risk assessment provided. The main requirement is that the projects support contractors (particularly SMEs) to lower the barriers toward project investment. Servizi Energia Ambiente is the first demonstration participant and will provide critical initial insights. They will continue to work intensively with the Stakeholder Group in order to fine-tune the SEAF IT Platform.
WP 6: Project Management
The overall objective of WP 6 is to safeguard a smooth and target-oriented implementation of the project in line with time and budgetary restrictions. WP 6 interacts with all the other WPs and is the interface between the project and the European Commission and extends throughout the project’s duration.
Main tasks in this WP include:
- Project follow-up (project progress and budgetary controls)
- Continuous update of project status to the European Commission
- Decision making procedures
- Internal communication