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The UNINOVA Research Institute is a multidisciplinary, independent, and non-profit research institute employing around 180 persons, located in the metropolitan area of Lisbon. It was formed in 1986 by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University Nova de Lisboa, a group of industrial associations, a financial holding, and up to 30 companies. It is an active partner of Madan Parque, a business facilitator and accelerator, incubating Micro and SME’s through several layers of support to entrepreneurial activity. The main aim of UNINOVA is to pursue excellence in scientific research, technical development, advanced training and education. By working closely with industry and universities, technological innovations are transferred into profitable business concepts and, existing products further developed to match new industrial requirements. Due to its tight connection with the University and Madan Parque, UNINOVA has, since its foundation, hosted and supported the development several PhD thesis, as well as the creation of several successful spin-offs. Specialist areas of expertise of UNINOVA can be summarized as follows: microelectronics, materials & processes, telecommunications and reconfigurable and embedded systems; energy efficiency (including renewable energies, modern electric energy processing, intelligent buildings and smart grids), industrial and intelligent control and decision support systems; collaborative networks, interoperability (including strategies for interoperability and information integration using standards, standards’ reuse and harmonization) and intelligent decision based systems.

What is your role in the NOBEL GRID project/ your outputs / lessons learned so far?

Our main role in NOBEL GRID project is related with the development of SMX- connected intelligent inverters combining PV production and local storage in an all-in-one solution connected to the grid. Single phase (in a power range that fits well with the massively distributed PV production expected to me more and more present in the low voltage network) and three phase (acting as a hybrid resource, where storage can be used for both storing unused energy but also surplus energy from the network) were developed considering advanced innovative control features such as load balancing. Those outputs (SMX connected intelligent inverters) allow to further understand the benefits and contains of this solution, combining both production and storage.

 

What are the main challenges NOBEL GRID must face in the EU?

The main challenges faced by NOBEL GRID are related with the acceptance of new solutions, such as the unbundle smart meter concept. Often the “status quo” is stronger than the introducing of innovative ideas.

 

Tell us other projects in which UNINOVA is involved in concerning Smart Grids or Smart Energy?

  • H2020 Storage4Grid (S4G)
  • H2020 Exploiting Ocean’s of Data for Maritime Applications (BigDataOcean)
  • International Energy Agency – Annex 67 Energy Flexible Buildings
  • H2020 Building life-cycle evolutionary Design methodology able to create Energy-efficient Buildings flexibly connected with the neighbourhood energy system (Design4Energy)

 

How NOBEL GRID could contribute in the energy market?

NOBEL GRID can help democratisation the energy market through the unbundle smart meter usage and new energy services.

 

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