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Lancaster hosted the 2nd review meeting of NOBEL GRID

file-1On 21st-22nd September, NOBEL GRID Project organised its 2nd Review Meeting with the European Commission (EC) in Lancaster (United Kingdom), where the 21 partners of the consortium presented the latest developments and products.

CarbonCoop, partner of NOBEL GRID, hosted this meeting and guided the consortium through the pilot site located in Lancaster Cohousing, which was selected to show the services and tools of NOBEL GRID in real conditions to the EC.

Carbon Co-op have teamed up with Lancaster Cohousing co-operative to test new hardware developed in this Horizon 2020 project: the 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, the SLAM, the advance smart meter developed from scratch during the project, with extra functionalities and the SHIC, the smart home infrastructure that allow smart grid services to extend their reach all the way into the smart homes.

“Also we are deploying and testing the EMA App for final consumers and prosumers, the DRFM aggregator cockpit and will soon have a lite version of G3M working in Lancaster”, explained Jonathan Atkinson, Carbon Co-op Project Manager.

Those tools and services have many benefits as Jonathan Atkinson clarified, “at Lancaster Cohousing we are building a system to monitor energy use across their whole private wire system. This will help them more easily manage and maintain it, it will automate billing of energy usage for consumers and generators on their private wire and it will help them reduce network costs”.file1-1

But also in terms of battery storage householders there are benefits. “These homes are better able to store and use the renewable energy generated in their homes by solar PV and in one case a wind turbine. This helps them reduce costs and reduce the carbon emissions associated with powering their homes”, pointed out.

In NOBEL GRID project consumer engagement is key, that’s why Carbon Co-op has a monthly MeetUp called Eco-home Lab where elements of the project are shared, discussed and developed with technologically experienced end users. As well as, a series of socials for a more mainstream audience.

After a productive visit to Lancaster Cohousing, the consortium exposed also the results obtained in the second period of the project (12 months).

NOBEL GRID project, which started in January 2015 and has 42 months duration, is facing its last period when implementation of tools and final results will arrive.

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