Nobel Grid Consortium in Athens. 

Sustainable Energy Month in NOBEL GRID

 In June, NOBEL GRID had a busy month of sustainable energy events, workshops, conferences, meetings and round tables under the umbrella of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), which was promoting Energy Days throughout the month.

NOBEL GRID participated in events on several days during, prior and after the officially hosted EUSEW (13-17 June), in Brussels, Madrid and Berlin.

 “Thanks to EUSEW we could share with Europe’s energy stakeholders the NOBEL GRID project innovations which will lead to a more sustainable and efficient energy market while at the same time we have been able to learn about new initiatives and create synergies and alliances “, expressed Lola Alacreu Project Manager of NOBEL GRID.

EUSEW 2016, an initiative of the European Commission, an annual event that promotes decentralised events during a month around the official centralised events organised during one week by the Commission itself. It is an opportunity to promoting secure, clean and efficient energy markets, and connect policymakers, stakeholders and citizens to achieve climate and energy goals for the Energy Union.

 This year the EUSEW thematic focus was on consumers as key actors towards the energy transition and the Energy Union in Europe; policies that will ensure that Europe has secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy.

This thematic was a perfect fit for the Nobel Grid project, as explained Lola Alacreu, “our project provides the tools and services that facilitate the active participation, protection and empowerment of the European consumers, especially consumers as prosumers that are also producers of energy (both households and businesses), towards the energy transition. This will not only reduce the customers’ electricity bill and increase energy security, but it will also help DSOs in providing more balanced and stable distribution grids. Moreover, on top of having a consumer-centric approach, it focuses in players such as electric cooperatives and aggregators, since they are the most effective actors to tackle the transition to energy democracy and to prevent energy poverty”.

Thus, the project is working “to create a win-win situation and benefit both the grid and the consumers”, added Lola Alacreu.

Between 13-17 June, NOBEL GRID representatives not only attended the EUSEW conferences in Brussels but it also participated in a Policy Conference and had a speaker’s corner at the networking village.

Lola Alacreu, coordinator of NOBEL GRID, and Mihai Sanduleac, Technical Director of ECRO participated in the conference “New Standard for Smart appliances in the smart home: getting buildings ready within the new electricity market design”, which disseminated how smart appliances using a shared model of consensus, SAREF (Smart Appliances Reference), and dedicated software applications may contribute to promoting more sustainable energy use in households and neighbourhoods.

There Mihai Sanduleac explained how “the new Smart Meter designed by NOBEL GRID will be able to map existing demand response features on the new European Smart Appliances Reference (SAREF) ontology”.

The project also participated in an Energy Day organised by Finnova at Partenalia headquarters (Brussels): “Best Practices on Energy projects under the EU Framework Programmes. Partenalia is an association of Europe’s intermediate local administrations which acts as a working platform to promote innovative initiatives and the exchange of best practices. The session aimed to present and share success stories of ongoing efficient-energy projects under the Horizon 2020 Programme and the FP7 Programme all around the European Regions associated to Partenalia. 

Furthermore, European institutional representatives showed great interest in NOBEL GRID’s goals at the Startup Europe Summit 2016 in Berlin 9-10 June, such as Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and President of the Committee of the Regions, Markku Markkula.

In Madrid the project was presented to the Energy and Environment International Trade Fair of Madrid (GENERA) and met the main scientific and technological advances in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

 And in the final event of the month long EUSEW events, the 5th Annual Conference InnoGrid2020+ (27-28 June, Brussels), where knowledge, views and best practices were shared with other experts within the smart grids and the digital market fields, where NOBEL GRID was exhibited.

 Thanks to EUSEW 2016, the project innovations could be shared with European energy stakeholders and NOBEL GRID partners could find out other inspiring initiatives as well as create synergies and alliances.

Visiting the pilot site in Greece

The 3rd General Meeting of the NOBEL GRID Project took place 10-12 May in Athens where the 21 partners of the consortium tracked the progress, one and half year from the project start date, during their visit to the Greek demonstration site.

The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS), partner of NOBEL GRID, hosted this meeting and guided the rest of the consortium through the pilot site of Meltemi eco-village, one of the five demonstration sites of the project.

Meltemi eco-village is a seaside holiday camp located in Rafina that comprises of 220 households with an autonomous communal electrical infrastructure – all houses are connected to the same MV/LV transformer, making it ideal for use as a test bed for functions related to emergency and critical grid situations.

“Mainly we are going to install 5 battery inverters, test the Smart Meter Extension Module and the Smart Low-cost Advanced Meter, that will be developed within this project. Furthermore, Meltemi is going to demonstrate some new tools that will support the distribution site” explained Aris Dimeas, researcher at the ICCS.

 During the 3-days conference, partners have discussed, exchanged knowledge and faced some future challenges like smart home environment, models for distribution and storage integration, stable, and user-engagement strategies together with secure distribution grid innovative technologies.

“Through this general meeting all partners can have the general picture of the project and we can see how others promote our functionalities” explained Dr. Huillian Liao, researcher of the University of Manchester.

The multidisciplinary nature of this project enhances cooperation from all partners resulting in solving different market needs while reinforcing their commitment to make the smart grid project a reality. 

NOBEL GRID’s Smart Meter will map existing demand response features on the new SAREF ontology

The new Smart Meter designed by NOBEL GRID project will be able to map existing demand response features on the new European Smart Appliances Reference (SAREF) ontology, as their developers explained in the Policy Conference “New Standard for Smart appliances in the smart home” of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2016 last 16th June in Brussels.

“This unbundled Smart Meter is designed to implement many additional functions comparing with current smart meters, as it is very flexible in adding new features during its lifetime, including unforeseen ones. One such unforeseen aspect is the challenge to map existing demand response features on the new SAREF ontology”, explained Mihai Sanduleac, R&D Director of ECRO SRL (partner of the project), during his intervention in the European Sustainable Energy Week 2016 (EUSEW 16).



NOBEL GRID helps to harmonize the European Energy Market into a more competitive, fair and integrated one.

Projects like NOBEL GRID play a substantial role in creating the basis for a connected, integrated and secure energy market in Europe.

According to a preliminary report published in April 2016 by the European Commission, some EU countries (Spain, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland and Portugal) are at risk of having unfair capacity mechanisms to incentivize electricity companies in order to guarantee power supply at all times. For this reason, the EC has launched a state aid sector inquiry to find out whether they ensure sufficient electricity supply without distorting competition.

An increasing number of Member States are introducing capacity mechanisms to encourage investment in power plants or providing incentives so that power plants continue to operate, with the purpose of ensuring that the supply of electricity meets demand at all times.

The NOBEL GRID project and its five different demonstration sites in Spain, UK, Belgium, Italy and Greece will in a later stage provide an outcome of legislative barriers and different market mechanisms that need to be overcome in order not to distort competition or trade in the EU’s Single Market – for example, they should not unduly favour certain producers or types of technology, establish barriers that hinder the transition from consumer to prosumer or limit electricity from flowing between one EU country to another.




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What’s Meltemi Eco-Village?

 It’s a holiday camp close to Athens, it belongs the city of Rafina, the second port in Athens. It has 220 households and for long time it’s a test bed for functions related to emergency and critical grid situations. It’s a smart village in Europe.

What’s your role in NOBEL GRID?

We are one of the five pilot sites of NOBEL GRID, for which we are going to test various technologies. Mainly we are going to install 5 battery inverters, test the Smart Meter Extension Module and the Smart Low-cost Advanced Meter, that will be developed within this project. Furthermore, Meltemi is going to demonstrate some new tools that will support the distribution system operator. Mainly we are going to use the measurements collected from the smart meters.

Why a pilot site in Meltemi?

Since households here are very sensitive about environment issues they allow us to test the new technologies for renewable production like wind and solar energy solutions. It’s quite ideal place to test those technologies to demonstrate the benefits of them.

How NOBEL GRID contribute towards the energy transition?

The first issue is to demonstrate in real life demand-response, which is one of the key topic of the project, and, of course, the battery invertors, with them we could test various uses cases and scenarios and see actual effects and power quality of the system.





5th Annual Conference InnoGrid2020+ (28-29 June, Belgium)


Sharing best practices in energy with other projects funded under EU Framework Programmes (21 June, Belgium)



Presenting NOBELGRID in EUSEW2016 (16 June, Belgium)



Social Energy day (21 May, Spain). 



Meeting European Renewable Energy Cooperations (19 May, Spain). 



Carbon Co-op May Social (19 May, United Kingdom). 



Eco Homes Lab (12 May,United Kingdom). 



Valencia Council conference conference about European projects (26 April, Spain).



OpenGrid Meet Up 22-23 April, Belgium). 



10th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (15-17 March, Germany). 



Smart City | III Jornada sobre Ciudades seguras, sostenibles e inteligentes (23 February, Spain). 



Open Infrastructure Night (1 February, United Kingdom). 




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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