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

Lola Alacreu_Coordinator of NOBELGRID at CEM8

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 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) provided an opportunity to leverage high-level political and private sector leadership to drive ambitious, real-world clean energy policies and actions. Discussions will focus on topics that include optimising renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and clean energy innovations and technologies. The CEM8 was co-located with the 2nd Mission Innovation Ministerial, both aimed to discuss the clean energy transition.

“Those Conferences are a great opportunity to leverage European high level political and accelerate investment in clean energy R&I. The technology exhibition will showcase European breakthrough technologies that contribute to making clean energy widely available and affordable”, stated the spokesperson of Patrick Child, chair of the Mission Innovation Steering Committee and Deputy Director General in DG Research and Development.

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 one of the most relevant Horizon 2020 projects in clean energy and smart grids out.

The goal of NOBEL GRID in the exhibition was to show the project main innovations, with the European Commission support, “Smart Energy gives people more control over the way citizens and 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”, explained Lola Alacreu from ETRA, the enterprise in charge of the coordination of the project coordinator of NOBEL GRID.

In particular, NOBEL GRID presented its Advanced Smart Meter, called SLAM, with extended functionalities that 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 the representative of ETRA. She also added that “ 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”.

More than 10.000 visitors all around the world found out those solutions of NOBEL GRID, as well as, its 21 partners from 11 European countries, among which there are 5 pilot sites in Spain, Belgium Italy, Greece and United Kingdom.

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

While the Clean Energy Ministerial provides a forum for discussing how currently available technologies can be deployed on a wide scale to drive ambitious clean energy policies, Mission Innovation focuses on research and development and on investment in clean energy innovation for the new technologies of the future. “Mission innovation is about global leadership in developing the clean energy landscape of the future, based on a collective commitment to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation”, said Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union of the European Commission.

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