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H2020 Smart Grids and Storage Projects together in EUW 2017

NG with INEA Alan Heigh2NOBEL GRID exhibited its smart energy solutions at the European Utility Week 2017 (EUW) between 3-5 October in Amsterdam, as part of the exhibition floor of the BRIDGE Initiative of the European Commission (EC) which united Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage Projects.

This project zone housed 22 ongoing Smart Grid and Energy Storage projects contributing a successful, digital-supported energy transition, to showed how European innovation is crucial for the future of the industry.

“Many of our BRIDGE projects are preparing solutions for the society and markets of tomorrow. Utility Week was an excellent occasion for the European Commission to showcase the solutions that are being developed in the frame of these multinational collaborative projects funded by the EU, not only to EU companies and entities which were present but also on the international scene”, explained Rémy Denos, policy officer of Directorate-General for Energy at the EC and coordinator of BRIDGE initiative.

Grupo Etra and Finnova, partners in the consortium, presented NOBEL GRIDs’ tools in the exhibition area, but also in a hub session. Besides, they brought a real SLAM (smart meter) which created great expectation between visitors, even Alan Haigh, head of department in the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency of the EC (INEA), showed his interest in its features.

SLAM is an innovative and affordable Smart Meter, based on the Unbundled Smart Meter (USM) concept, which contains two different parts: 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.

“The Hub Sessions of EUW 2017 were also the occasion for BRIDGE to bring the projects together, present the findings, along a similar line of what we do in the BRIDGE Initiative and discuss about the obstacles to innovation that we identify in the field demonstrators, which are testing a wide variety of use cases in many different national contexts”, pointed out Rémy Denos.

In this sense, NOBEL GRID participated in the hub session “Testing Future Business Models”, moderated by its coordinator Lola Alacreu. Costas Kalogiros, member of the consortium, explained how the project has been working on business models evaluations so far, as well as, results, exploitation plans and lessons learned.

“Concerning Business Models within smart grids and energy storage sectors, NOBEL GRID contributes actively in the BRIDGE initiative by providing its Business Model Evaluation Tool for identifying profitable ones supported by their solutions”, explained Costas Kalogiros.

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As member of BRIDGE, NOBEL GRID also participated in the 2nd Meeting – National Stakeholders Coordination Group on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (SNET) to provide best practices and lessons learned from BRIDGE experience

European Utility Week is the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community, allowing you to meet with experts from utilities, network operators, vendors, consultants, startups and system integrators covering the entire smart system value chain. With a focus on regional and global developments in Grid optimisation: Renewables, Energy Storage, Smart Metering, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Energy Services & Efficiency, Energy Trading, Intelligent Buildings, Data Management, etc.

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