The 8th Clean Energy Ministerial in Beijing met Smart Energy Solutions of NOBEL GRID

On 6th-8th June, NOBEL GRID project presented its smart energy solutions to more than 10.000 visitors in the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial in Beijing, the annual meeting of energy ministers and high-level delegates from the 24 member countries and the European Union.

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission (INEA) has selected NOBEL GRID, from more than 200 European projects, to be exhibited together with ESPRIT and POWERKITE projects. 

The annual meeting of energy ministers and other high-level delegates from the 24 member countries and the European Union provided an opportunity to leverage high-level political and private sector leadership to drive ambitious, real-world clean energy policies and actions. Discussions focused on topics that include optimising renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and clean energy innovations and technologies.

“This was a great opportunity to spread NOBEL GRID Smart energy solutions, since Smart Energy provides more control over the way citizens and the private sector use energy so NOBEL GRID works on smart energy solutions that provides better quality of life, promoting active participation of final consumers and fostering European competitiveness in the sector. These solutions can be replicated in other areas; in fact, some visitors of the exhibition area have asked for a potential pilot site outside Europe, such as Jos Gorvett, the director of Climate change group from the Government of South Australia”, explained Lola Alacreu from ETRA, the enterprise in charge of the coordination of the project coordinator of NOBEL GRID.

NOBEL GRID, exhibited at the booth BC23+24 of the European Commission in the “Technology Exhibition”, was very well accepted by the visitors. Even high-level representatives such as Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union, Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology of China, Rick Perry, United States Secretary of Energy, or James Gordon Carr, Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, visited the booth and found it one of the most relevant Horizon 2020 projects in clean energy and smart grids.

In particular, NOBEL GRID presented its Advanced Smart Meter, called SLAM, with extended functionalities, it provides detailed and real time information to all the actors of the Smart grid and energy market to create a more stable, sustainable and secure electricity network.

“By means of the SLAM, the end user will be able to control their Smart devices remotely, and the grid operators will monitor and analyse their energy grid, replacing other complex and expensive devices such as Smart home controllers and network analysers”, explained Alacreu. 

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Joining “Clean Energy for All Europeans” in Brussels

NOBEL GRID project participated at the Policy Conference of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 (EUSEW) in Brussels from 20th-22nd June, organised by the European Commission, the Europe’s largest event dedicated to sustainable energy policy focused on themes in the European Commission’s Clean Energy for All Europeans package of proposals.

“EUSEW helps to spread innovation, foster cooperation, reinforcing Europe’s role as a leader in global clean energy transition”, stated Miguel Arias Cañete, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner of the European Commission.

NOBEL GRID project participated the 21st in the Networking Village and the 22nd in the Speakers’ Corner of the Policy Conference, where its smart energy solutions were presented by Finnova, partner of the consortium and leader of communications.

“Concretely, NOBEL GRID presented its EMA App, the app for energy consumers that aims to engage them to actively participate in the energy market, while allowing renewable energy integration”, explained Ana Nava, project manager of Finnova (partner of NOBEL GRID).

Under the framework of the EUSEW2017,  NOBEL GRID organised two Energy Days: “NOBEL GRID & WISEGRID projects: Smart energy for European consumers” (20th in Manchester, UK) and the “Workshop: Clean Integrated Energy System for all European” (27th in Madeira, Portugal).

 

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SLAM, G3M, DRFM and EMA App, the smart tools of NOBEL GRID

 SLAM, G3M, DRFM and EMA App are the ICT solutions that will improve the European Smart Grids, thanks to the hard work of NOBEL GRID’s consortium during the second period of the Project. They may seem complicated acronyms but these smart energy tools will help all actor in the smart grids and retail electricity market. Let’s find them out. 

From July 2017 until the end of the project, third and final period of the project, these ICT solutions will be deployed and demonstrated in the 5 pilot sites in real conditions and scenarios, in order to evaluate the technological, social and economic impact of the project results.

The Advanced Smart Meter (SLAM):  The Unbundled Smart Meter  

In NOBEL GRID has being developed from scratch, and innovative and affordable Smart Meter, based on the Unbundled Smart Meter (USM) concept, which contains two different parts: a Smart Metrology Meter (SMM), with metrology features and fixed functionality, and a Smart Meter eXtension (SMX), which has high flexibility to accommodate new functionalities, to support smart grid and various energy services.

Grid Management and Maintenance Master framework (G3M) 

The G3M is the access point for the operator of distribution grid to the set of functionalities and services offered by NOBEL GRID. G3M main component is the User web Interface that includes advanced functionalities for the management and exploitation of the Smart Grid. All the services are integrated in a single interface that allows it to monitor and control the distribution grid from different perspectives.

Demand Response Flexibility Market cockpit (DRFM)

The DRFM cockpit is a proven platform that allows Aggregator, Retailer and ESCO to manage all aspects of their demand response (DR) programs through a single, integrated system. DRFM Cockpit is a Decision Support System capable to bridge Demand-Side Resources and their aggregated flexibility with distribution grid actors to improve the operation of the processes and resources under their control.

Energy Monitoring and Analytics Application (EMA App)

EMA App provides domestic and industrial prosumers with real time data visualization and recommendations to improve energy efficiency, maximize the use of renewables and minimize energy bills according to user’s profile, giving them more power and protection. EMA App also provides the option to share the experiences with other prosumers to foster user engagement and allows them to become an active actor in the smart grid by participating in DR programs, either to benefit for lower energy prices and/or to contribute to grid stability and higher penetration of renewable sources.

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Meeting Lancaster Cohousing: pilot site of NOBEL GRID in UK

Lancaster Cohousing, one of the five demonstration site of the NOBEL GRID, provides the best test-bed for project since it has lots of on-site renewable generation(solar PV panels, hydroelectric scheme and a single biomass boiler) as well as a mixed-use consumption.

Carbon Co-op have teamed up with Lancaster Cohousing co-operative to test the new hardware developed, the smart meter extension (SMX), which is designed to be fitted to already installed smart meters on site adding large amounts of smart network functionality and providing an automatic meter reading (AMR) system for the use of tenants, householders, and the local co-operatives.

There “their householders and tenants will be able to see on their phones, tablets or mobile devices how much energy they are using at the moment but they will also be able to see how much energy is being produced on-site by the photovoltaic panels and by the hydroelectric unit they have”, explained Matt Fawcett Technical Lead of Carbon Co-op.

The 21st of February, NOBEL GRID consortium visited in situ all the new smart energy tools and services set up in its pilot site.

Watch the video below and learn more about Lancaster Cohousing. 

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NOBEL GRID public deliverables available!

Now anyone interested in NOBEL GRID project can have access and download their public deliverables on the website. Have a look here

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BRIDGE website go-live

The BRIDGE initiative, in which NOBEL GRID is member, has launched its website, where visitors could find for each BRIDGE working group (Data Management, Business Models, Regulations, Customer Engagement) their public outcomes.

BRIDGE, established in November 2015, is an initiative from the European Commission which unites Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage Projects to create a structured view of transversal issues which are encountered in the demonstration projects and may constitute an obstacle to innovation.

The BRIDGE process implements continuous knowledge sharing amongst projects thus allowing them to deliver with a single voice conclusions and recommendations about the future exploitation of the project results, according to four main areas of interest addressed by four different Working Groups. NOBEL GRID participated in all those Working Groups. Besides, it leads Business Models WG and is rapporteur within Regulations WG.

Since 2016 BRIDGE has grown from 17 projects, involving 242 individual organisations in 23 countries, to 29 projects involving 332 organisations in 29 countries (five outside of the EU). The total EC contribution to all projects is €237 million.

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#LovingSmartEnergy – #LovingCleanEnergy

NOBEL GRID has been carriying out the Twitter Campaign #LovingCleanEnergy – #LovingSmartEnergy from 13th to 14 th February to remind citizens how important clean energy and smart energy is within the current energy transition. Check all contribution out here.

What’s your role in the Nobel Grid Project?

Finnova Foundation leads the international communication and dissemination. But Finnova also contributes with the regulatory compliance and legal assessment, proposes solutions against legal and regulatory barriers for the implantation of Smart grids, contributes to   and  creates a training e-learning platform to share the acquired knowledge. Regarding new business model, Finnova contributes to ease new financial and business formulas which allow investment for its development.

How is the project contributing to the new paradigm of the energy consumers?

NOBEL GRID plays a key role in the prosumer revolution since it presents a huge opportunity to help address the increasing demand for energy and transmission infrastructure through effective ‘demand’ management. Demand refers to everything behind the meter or any load-pulling electricity from the network; and ‘management’ applies to the level of control over that load. The goal of demand management is to provide utilities with an alternative to building more power plants to meet capacity needs. By having the ability to modify energy usage on the demand side through smarter technology, education, and energy-efficiency improvements, utilities can both save money and accommodate the demands of the consumer (prosumer) movement.

Utilities are also incentivizing energy consumers at home to reduce energy consumption and generate their own. NOBEL GRID, as part of smart grid modernizations, encourages energy customers to adjust their consumption in response to pricing signals, penalties, or curtailment requests. Due to this potential flexibility, a customer’s energy consuming loads and any on-site energy generation capabilities are now considered important distributed energy resources (DERs), critical to helping balance the grid. At the same time, many customers have begun taking more direct control of the cost, reliability, and green mix of their energy supply. They are enabled on this journey by a convergence of new, widely available technologies that can automate and fully monetize their energy resources.

But also, NOBEL GRID will leave among its legacy: valuable lessons learnt, so they will be shared with other projects, initiatives, stakeholders, policy makers, consumers, etc. to improve the clean energy transition. 

What do you think are the main challenges that the project must face?

There are some:

- There is no single mix that would be ideal worldwide.

- Energy systems are not very dynamic, meaning that an energy transition is a slow process.

- Energy transitions required technological breakthroughs and radical changes in energy use by consumers. Then, it’s necessary to engage them and make them aware of the “Energy Trilemma: Energy security, equity and environmental sustainability”.

-  Legal and policy barriers to the transition to renewable energy remain in many member states. In some European countries, the energy and environmental law and policy have not addressed sufficiently the obstacles to renewable energy technologies.

-  Reinforce the dialogue with local administrations in other to boost smart energy locally.

 

Tell us other projects in which Eurecat is involved concerning Smart Grid or "Smart Energy”?

FINNOVA provides expertise in European funding programmes (EU project consulting and proposals development), with particular experience in Horizon 2020, LIFE and INTERREG within clean and smart energy field. Nowadays we are working on submitting a LIFE programme proposal with Ecoche, a non-profit company dedicated to transfer the technologies of the electric car in order to convert combustion vehicle in pilot electric vehicles. The aim of this proposal is integrate Ecoche’s technologies in the public transport of Sevilla city. Within the framework of Horizon 2020, Finnova has obtained two seals of excellence in the SME Instrument: 1. Miracoil, a waste treatment system that turns solid waste into liquid fuel directly usable in vehicles through molecular thermocracking, and 2. Azahar Management, another system of waste treatment by biostabilization that turns solid waste into solid fuel to produce thermal energy. The innovation lies in its modularity and small size for populations from 3,000 inhabitants, hotels or cruises.

But Finnova is also organising the Energy StartUp Europe Awards 2017 which aims to reward the best initiatives working in projects related to the development of sustainable and efficient energy models, based on renewable energies, as well as the development and technology transfer in the area of renewable energies along with the best governance projects and citizenship participation in the development of renewable energies.

This reward is part of the StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA), an initiative of Finnova, promoted by European Commission, supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee. It fosters the open innovation and the collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystems, through the private-public partnership to support entrepreneurs, and creates a network of contacts.SEUA recognizes the effort of the European startups in five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in 18 categories for 2017: Creative, Energy, Fintech, Green, e-Health, IoT, Smart Cities, Social, Tourism, Water, Agritech, Legal, Space, Cybersecurity, Climate, Fashion, Edtech and Gastronomy. SEUA17 offers 4 special recognitions this year: Best Public Administration for startups Award, Best Media Partner, Best LATAM StartUp and Best Female Entrepreneur. StartUp Europe Awards is looking for people committed to entrepreneurship in Europe! If you are interested in being Country Manager or Media Partner for the Energy category, please, contact Finnova Foundation’s team to join the SEUA Alliance. Contact: eustartup@finnova.eu

VIMSEN PROJECT INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOP, Athens, Greece, 13 January 2017

H2020 Bridge Cooperation Group, Brussels (Belgium), 17-19 January 2017

GENERA 2017 Spanish fair, Madrid (Spain), 38 February-3 March 2017

Valencia Council conference about European projects, Valencia (Spain), 21 April 2016

4th Residential Energy Storage Forum, Berlin (Germany) 8-12 May 2017

8th Clean Energy Ministerial Beijing, Beijing (China), 6-8 June 2017

Green Jobs and Entrepreneurship, Brussels (Belgium), 8 June

CIRED 2017, Glasgow (Scotland), 14 June 2017

Community Energy Conference, Manchester (UK) 24 June 2017 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement Nº 646184.

 

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