Empowering Local Electricity Markets: A survey study from Switzerland, Norway, Spain and Germany

A survey to undestand prosumer behaviour in Switzerland, Norway, Spain and Germany has been recently published by St. Gallen University. The corresponding authors are Emmanuelle Reuter & Moritz Loock.

It is available here


 

3rd project Newsletter

The 3rd Newsletter of EMPOWER H2020 project is now available.

Download it here.


 

Methodology for the Evaluation of Resilience of ICT Systems for Smart Distribution Grids

As a result of one of the studies performed inside WP3 of EMPOWER project, we are glad to announce the publication of the journal paper “Methodology for the Evaluation of Resilience of ICT Systems for Smart Distribution Grids”, in Energies, authored by Pau Lloret-Gallego Mònica Aragüés-Peñalba, Lien Van Schepdael, Eduard Bullich-Massagué, Pol Olivella-Rosell and Andreas Sumper.

The article is available here

Abstract: Ensuring resilient operation and control of smart grids is fundamental for empowering their deployment, but challenging at the same time. Accordingly, this study proposes a novel methodology for evaluating resilience of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems for smart distribution grids. Analysing how the system behaves under changing operating conditions a power system perspective allows to understand how resilient the smart distribution grid is, but the resilience of the ICT system in charge of its operation affects the overall performance of the system and does, therefore, condition its resilience. With the aim of systematising the evaluation of ICT systems’ resilience, this study proposes to combine a standardized modelling of Smart Grids, the Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM), with a data structured diagram, the Entity Relationship Model (ERM). The architecture of smart distribution grids is analysed through SGAM. Then, their technical characteristics and functionalities are defined and represented in a ERM diagram. Finally, the attributes or properties of the system components are used to formulate resilience indicators against different types of disturbances. This methodology is then applied to analyse the resilience of a ICT platform being developed in EMPOWER H2020 project


 

Symposium “The transition to a flexible electricity market” on 11th of July, Barcelona

EMPOWER H2020 results were explained in the “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 covered all these issues through the vision of three European projects (SmartNet, EMPOWER and INVADE) , academic experts and professionals from the electricity sector with long expertise in the subject.

The programme is available here

The whole Symposium was registered. The videos of each session are accessible:

Welcome ENDESA (Directora ENDESA Cataluña) – Isabel Buesa

Opening CITCEA-UPC – Andreas Sumper

Opening OMIE – Rodrigo Escobar

Track on Smart Net

Overview of SmartNet project. Carlos Madina (Tecnalia, Spain)

Barcelona pilot-SmartNet. DSO. Miguel Pardo (Endesa, Spain)

Barcelona pilot-SmartNet. Aggregator. David Sanchez (ONE, Spain)

Track on Flexibility Markets

Local flexibility markets: From EMPOWER to INVADE. Pol Olivella (CITCEA-UPC, Spain)

Flexibility at the TSO level. Christina Plum (ENERGINET, Denmark)

European Network Codes, a first step towards flexibility. Daniel Daví (ENDESA, Spain)

Peer to peer: Is Blockchain the solution? Andreas Sumper (CITCEA-UPC, Spain)

Hardware for flexibility. Daniel Heredero (CITCEA-UPC, Spain)

Pol Olivella, from CITCEA-UPC explaining EMPOWER H2020 results

 


EMPOWER project reaches important milestone

On Friday, June 23rd 2017, partners from Norway, Germany and Spain met at the eSmart Systems headquarters in Halden to observe a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT-test) related to the project EMPOWER.

eSmart Systems has developed a system which helps prosumers (users who also produce power) to gain a better overview of their own power consumption, and to save money by producing and storing power in a more effective and smart way. The system also permits sales of new services for power- and service providers. An important part of the delivery is flexibility management as needed for power utilities, something which can contribute to a reduced need for grid expansion.

Read the complete press release here

EMPOWER H2020 project explained in EURELECTRIC 7th June 2017

The conference “The electricity market design of the future” was organized by EURELECTRIC on 7th June.

Pol Olivella, from CITCEA-UPC, presented “Design and Operational Characteristics of Local Energy and Flexibility Markets in the Distribution Grid”. The article was co-authored by Pol Olivella-Rosell, Jayaprakash Rajasekharan, Bernt Arild Bremdal, Stig Ødegaard, Andreas Sumper and Roberto Villafafila-Robles.

The agenda of the event is available here


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.

Click here to register


 

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 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)” (http://www.conference.city/conference.php?e_id=137070)


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


 

EMPOWER project in German press

As a result of the visit of a group of German journalists to Smart Innovation Norway and to the EMPOWER pilot site Hvaler, 3 publications have been released.

VDI Nachrichten (German Engineers Association News) has recently published an article about electric vehicles in Norway and about EMPOWER, with special emphasis in the Hvaler pilot site:

PRESS VDI Nachrichten 27 Januar – Halden in the German Engineering News red

Erneuerbare Energien (Renewable Energies) has also released a publication with focus on electric mobility and EMPOWER project. Hvaler pilot site also appears in it:

Erneuerbare Energien 01-2017 – Norwegen Smart Meters – EV Vorreiter_red

Silicon.de explains the Internet of Thins (IoT) in Norway and also mentions its application in Hvaler pilot site:

Norwegen auf dem Weg zum IoT-Musterland


 

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 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.

 

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2nd Newsletter is now available

From EMPOWER H2020 project, “Local Electricity Retail Markets For Prosumer Smart Grid Power Services”, we are pleased to announce the release of the 2nd project Newsletter.

It explains the insights of the project, the steps taken so far, the recent events organized inside the project and how to receive more information of the project evolution.

The second Newsletter of the project has been published.

+ download it here

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.

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