Coming event on 11th of July: “The transition to a flexible electricity market”

On behalf of H2020 European project SmartNet, Endesa and CITCEA-UPC are pleased to invite you to “The transition to a flexible electricity market” Symposium.

There is a need to find answers and propose solutions to the increasing integration of Renewable Energy Sources in the existing electricity transmission network. The subsequent technological (r)evolution is affecting the structure of the electricity markets and also the interactions between TSOs and DSOs. The symposium will cover all these issues through the vision of SmartNet participants, academic experts and professionals from the electricity sector with long expertise in the subject.

The programme is available here

The event will be held on Tuesday 11th of July in ENDESA: Roger de Flor 38-52, 08018, Barcelona, Spain.

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EMPOWER H2020 architecture model explained in MPS Conference 2017

The Architecture of EMPOWER H2020 project was explained by Andreas Sumper in Cluj-Napoca (Rumania) the 8 of June.
The paper “Architecture definition and operation testing of local electricity markets. The EMPOWER project” was accepted for oral presentation in  “2017 International Conference on Modern Power Systems (MPS)” (

Andreas Sumper presenting the EMPOWER architecture, developed using SGAM (Smart Grid Architecture Model).


EMPOWER H2020 explained in Girona Workshop “Connected buildings”

EMPOWER H2020 project was shown in the Workshop “Connected buildings”, held on 16th May in Girona, which covered topics that included self-consumption, photovoltaic generation, energy storage and electric vehicles grid integration.

The contents and presentations of the Workshop are available here (in catalan). There were more than 100 attendees, mainly from the industry.

Mònica Aragüés, presented CITCEA-UPC expertise in vehicle to grid and battery to grid and projects, like EMPOWER H2020, that are promoting distributed generation.

EMPOWER H2020 Symposium: “Local energy markets: dream or facta”. Presentations are now available!

The Symposium was held in Barcelona, in the ETSEIB School (UPC) on Thursday 26th January 2017.

The impact of the event was very significant, as the attendance surpassed 100 people. The invited speaker was John Hodemaekers, Chairman Executive Board of USEF (Universal Smart Energy Framework). His presentation dealt with the reinvention of the energy system by introducing a flexibility market connected to the traditional energy markets and addressed the need for an extended market model revolving around localised flexible energy use.

The presentations of the EMPOWER H2020 Symposium “Local energy markets: dream or facta” are now available!
The event was held in Barcelona on 26th January and addressed the energy transition being encouraged be the rise of local electricity retail markets, through the vision of industry and academia experts.

To download a specific persentation, please click its title.
The videos of the recorded sessions will be available soon!

EMPOWER project and pilots, Dieter Hirdes (SmartIO, Norway)
Universal Smart Energy Framework, John Hodemaekers (USEF, The Netherlands)
Business Models, Emmanuelle Reuter (Univ. St. Gallen, Switzerland)
Market design, Bernt Bremdal (SmartIO, Norway)
ICT plaftorm, Stig Ødegaard Ottesen (eSmart, Norway)
Architecture, Roberto Villafáfila (CITCEA-UPC, Spain)
Enabling local market technologies: V2G, B2G and IDPR, Daniel Heredero (CITCEA-UPC, Spain)

EMPOWER H2020 appears in Barcelona Local TV: Betevé

Barcelona Televisió (Betevé) visited CITCEA-UPC and recorded some of the activities of the Research Group in the field of renewable energies integration and smart grids. The video was broadcasted in the programme called DEUWATTS.

EMPOWER H2020 was briefly explained and the laboratory scaled platform where some of the project tests are being performed was shown.

To see the programme, click here


EMPOWER project dissemination in India

In the period 6-01-2017 to 10-01-2017, Dieter Hirdes, from Smart Innovation Norway AS,  presented the EMPOWER project in several meetings in Delhi.

Amongst others:

  • In a meeting with the world’s largest grid company, Powergrid
  • In a meeting with Tata Power (DSO for northern Delhi), with 10 mill. inhabitants
  • In the “Indo-Norwegian Workshop on Smart Grid Technologies”  (see picture below)

Indo-Norwegian SmartGrid workshop Delhi 10.2.17

“Indo-Norwegian Workshop on Smart Grid Technologies” 10.2.17 at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi


EMPOWER H2020 announced in 3rd BRIDGE Newsletter

UPC, April 2017

EMPOWER H2020 project main findings up to April 2017 appear reflected in the 3rd BRIDGE Newsletter.
Bridge is a cooperation group composed of all LCE 6-10 projects funded under Horizon 2020. The aim of this group is to foster continuous dialogue between the different projects and to enable the exchange of non-confidential reports, experience and key learnings. To facilitate this, four working groups have been established: Regulation, Data Management, Consumer Engagement and Business Models.

Download the 3rd BRIDGE Newsletter here

EMPOWER H2020 explained to ENDESA

UPC, Thursday 30th March 2017, at 15:00 h

The Endesa Chair on Energy Innovation (Cátedra Endesa Red de Innovación Energética, CERIEN) and CITCEA-UPC agreed on  the roadmap for the next years on the last meeting held on Thursday 30th March in ETSEIB-UPC School. During the meeting, EMPOWER H2020 project was explained and CITCEA-UPC microgrid was shown.




WEBINAR: Micro-markets and EMPOWER project presented by Pol Olivella

Pol Olivella (representing Smart Innovation Norway AS and  CITCEA-UPC), presented his vision on micro-markets on a webinar organized by InnoEnergy Master’s School. Andreas Sumper, Coordinator of Msc Energy for Smart Cities, from CITCEA-UPC moderated the webinar.

What does “micro-market” mean in the energy sector? Are there new business opportunities related to them? and… Is there any current project working to encourage and enable the active participation of citizens to consume and produce energy in a local environment?

2nd TAG meeting held in UPC, Barcelona

UPC, Thursday 26th January 2017, at 16:00 h

The 2nd Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting was held in Barcelona, in the ETSEIB School (UPC) on Thursday 26th January 2017, after the Symposium “Local energy markets: dream or facta”.

The TAG meeting started analysing the status of the work packages related to Business models, the ICT platform and the Pilot sites deployment. Next, a debate took place based on the feedback of TAG members.


EMPOWER TAG meeting was held in the so-called Schneider Room of the Electrical Engineering Department of ETSEIB (UPC).


Coming event: Local energy markets – dream or facta Symposium

Barcelona, January 26th 2017

The Symposium “Local energy markets – dream or facta” will be held in Barcelona on 26th January.

Power systems are being transformed by the digital era we are living on. Distributed generation is expanding and the engagement of prosumers in energy exchanges is being promoted. All these facts are contributing to an energy transition. This transition is being encouraged by the rise of local electricity retail markets, focus of EMPOWER Project. The symposium will cover all these issues through the vision of industry and academia experts.

Download the detailed agenda here

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Smart City Expo World Congress includes EMPOWER exhibition

Barcelona, 15th to 17th November 2016

Smart City Expo World Congress is taking place between 15th and 17th November in Barcelona and the EMPOWER project will be exhibited in CITCEA-UPC stand.

Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is the international summit of discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution. Since its first edition in 2011, it has succeeded to become a referential global event to support the development of our cities. This professional, institutional and social meeting point is a leading platform of ideas, networking, experiences and international business deals that gathers together the highest level of stakeholders, in the context of urban development.
To know more about SCEWC, please visit Smart City Expo webpage

Coming event (15 Sep. 2016): EMPOWER Local Market Design workshop in Oslo, Norway

Oslo, September 15th 2016

A Local Market Design Workshop on behalf of the EMPOWER Project will be held in Oslo next September 15th.

The EMPOWER Project has come up with a new market design model for distribution networks called Local Market. The principal purpose of Local Markets is to promote the installation of distributed renewable generators without compromising on grid operation while still engaging consumers, prosumers and producers to trade their electricity and flexibility locally.

The concepts to be presented have been developed in Work Package 6 “Market Design” with the main objective of “exploring the theories on the micro-market and capitalize on former research related to market design and trading in a smart grid setting”.

Download the detailed agenda here

EMPOWER 3rd Consortium meeting at Fredrisktad

Fredrisktad, June 2016

The 3rd Consortium meeting of EMPOWER was held in Fredrisktad (Norway) on 29-30th June. This has also been a chance for the project partners to visit one of the three pilot sites where  the ICT platform is going to be tested: Hvaler.


TAG Workshop in “7th St. Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies”. Contents defined

St. Gallen University, Friday 27th May at 13:45 h

Remember next week the “7th St. Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies” is taking place. It includes the EMPOWER TAG Workshop on Friday 27th May at 13:45 h. Experts from the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the EMPOWER project and participants from the St. Gallen Forum are invited to attend.

The workshop will address the following topics: What is EMPOWER H2020? State-of-the-art local energy markets research, Microgrids and local energy markets, EMPOWER Local Market Design, EMPOWER Architecture and ICT core of the EMPOWER Project. Finally there will be a discussion including Exploitation – how will EMPOWER commercialize.

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