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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2012.7.1.3 | Award Amount: 2.62M | Year: 2012

The overall objective of the S3C project is to foster smart energy behaviour of households and SMEs in Europe via active user participation. Strongly linked to European large-scale demonstration projects, the small and flexible consortium follows a human centric approach from social and behavioural sciences. It includes insights from other fields such as telecommunications, and tests different technical and non-technical user interaction solutions in a family of projects. Recommendations for decision makers and developers of future research programmes will be produced as well as guidelines and a best-practice toolkit to better involve customers in smart grid projects and roll-outs. In a first step, a theoretical framework will be developed. Innovative smart grid pilot projects, already implemented and on-going ones, as well as approaches in related fields will be analysed. The focus will be on end users while validating design, implementation, use and evaluation of interaction schemes. In a second step, best practices will be identified, which most efficiently impact the behaviour of users and can give guidance to the design of novel technical and social user-interaction schemes. A set of guidelines and a toolkit will be developed. Finally, the guidelines and tools will be validated through pilots within a family of projects made available by project partners or identified in the course of the project. S3C researchers will assist the family in applying them to their existing test cases. The test results improve the guidelines and toolkit and will be published on a website that will be accessible for at least 5 years after the project end and through other dissemination activities. A board of 25 experts gives advice and helps disseminate the results. The wide spread network of the consortium together with sound communication activities will guarantee visibility and exploitation of the project results. Thus the S3C family will help strengthen the EEGI.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2013.3.3 | Award Amount: 3.61M | Year: 2014

The DIAMOND project aims at improving the performance of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for CHP applications by implementing innovative strategies for on-board diagnosis and control. Advanced monitoring models will be developed to integrate diagnosis and control functions with the objective of having meaningful information on the actual state-of-the-health of the entire system. A holistic view over stack and BoP components can guarantee an advanced management and a comprehensive solution to the problem of achieving improved performance, maintenance scheduling, higher reliability and thus increased lifetime of the system. The underlying idea is to improve the analytical capability of current diagnosis and control algorithms, which are nowadays developed for reference prototypes without accounting systematically for production non-homogeneity, drift, wear and degradation. The analytical work and the testing activity will exploit advanced methodologies successfully applied in other advanced industrial sectors. Two SOFC systems will be considered, namely an integrated stack module (HoTbox) and a middle-scale CHP with conventional layout. Extensive testing will be performed to validate the diagnosis and control strategies and evaluate their effectiveness in improving management actions aimed at optimizing operating conditions and increasing lifetime. The outcomes of the project will guarantee an increase of the SOFC system lifetime and performance. The results of DIAMOND will consolidate several modeling approaches that are the first step towards the development of prognostics tools for SOFC lifetime estimation. At industrial level, the proposed methodologies can be scaled up as the production increases without affecting manufacturing organization and costs. A well-balanced consortium brings together a group of research institutions and industries with different experience and capabilities to apply advanced monitoring, diagnosis and control concepts to SOFC.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.6.5 | Award Amount: 4.54M | Year: 2010

The MIRABEL projects main goal is to develop a conceptual and infrastructural approach that allows energy distribution companies to efficiently manage higher amounts of renewable energy and balance supply and demand. Currently, most renewable energy sources (RES; e.g. windmills, solar panels) pose the challenge that the production depends on external factors, such as wind speed and direction, the amount of sunlight, etc. Hence, available power from RES can only be predicted but not planned, which makes it difficult for energy distributors to efficiently include RES into their daily schedules. As an unfortunate consequence, power from RES often has to be given away for free due to a lack of demand.\n\nThe objectives of the MIRABEL consortium are as follows:\n1. We will develop a model of actors with certain roles in the energy market and specify data to be exchanged between these actors.\n\n2. We will develop a concept of micro-requests to handle the energy demand and supply on a household level, together with methods\n- to forecast demand and supply based on historical and additional data, such as weather forecasts (both on a small scale, i.e. for households, and on a larger scale), and to update these predictions over time,\n- to aggregate and disaggregate the micro-requests on a regional level, and\n- to schedule energy production and consumption based on aggregated requests.\n\n3. We will design a distributed, decentralised and scalable infrastructure to handle the high data load from the mass of households. A prototypical system architecture and its revision will be developed.\n\n4. In order to test and demonstrate our approach, we will implement a demonstration system with the help of concrete trial scenarios and real-world data. These include a Transmission System Operator trial, a Local Distributor of Energy trial, and a community consumer trial.\n\n5. Standardised data exchange is required between consumers and brokers; between producers and brokers; among brokers themselves; and between brokers, large producers/consumers and grid operators. Standardisation is pursued throughout the project.\n\nThe project is led by SAP Research (Germany), a group that is very active in the area of advanced analytics and infrastructure development. SAP Research is associated to SAP, the worlds leading provider of BI solutions. With Aalborg Universitet (Denmark), TU Dresden (Germany), and the Joef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), the consortium includes two academic partners with a strong research background in data management and one leading research institute for applied research. The use case partners Energie Baden-Wrttemberg AG (Germany) and CRES (Greece) provide real data and facilities for testing. INEA (Slovenia) acts as a technology provider and contributes strong expertise in the energy sector. TNO (Netherlands) is a research organisation with experience in standardisation and utilities projects.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: SIE-01-2015-1 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2015

The challenges of modernizing the electricity grids in Europe lie in enabling an increased flexibility of the European power system and enabling an active participation of users and new market actors. Demand response enables end users to participate actively in energy markets and profit from optimal price conditions, making the grid (heat, cold, electricity) more efficient and contributing to the integration of renewable energy sources. At the same time the Energy Efficiency Directive adopted in 2012 contains provisions to encourage market actors to facilitate demand response. Our product Intelligent Trading Interface (ITI) is designed to speed up adoption of Demand Side Management (DSM) systems. ITI is an interface between Virtual Power Plant (VPP) Control Centre and prosumers Energy Management System (EMS). It is a building block of a modular VPP system, thus enabling the participation of new technology players for making an optimal VPP solution and bring more competition and innovation on the VPP market. With reduced initial investment needed, end users (prosumers) are more likely to participate in Demand Response Management (DRM) programs, at the same time achieveing the savings estimated at 5-10 % of the total electricity costs. Existing and evolving VPP suppliers are considered customers, rather than competition. By addressing several additional business cases (aggregators, OEM for EMS suppliers, transmission and distribution system operators), we increase market potential for ITI. Designed, using knowledge and expertise, gained from development and demonstration of INEAs complete VPP product, ITI contains state-of-the art technologies and concepts for VPPs of the future. Open Top and Open Bottom functionalities make ITI compatible with wide range of existing and evolving VPP and EMS solutions. During Phase 1 we plan to assess defined use and market cases and specify additional functional and technological requirements for ITI exploitation.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMP-01-2014 | Award Amount: 7.68M | Year: 2015

NANOLEAP project aims at the development of a coordinated network of specialized pilot lines for the production of nanocomposite based products for different civil infrastructure and building applications. The goal of this infrastructure is to support the research activities of European SMEs in the Construction sector in nanocomposite products enabling the progress of the product to next steps of technology deployment such as installation of industrial pilot lines and enter in the commercialization stage. For the creation of the NANOLEAP project pilot line network, the most promising applications of polymeric nanocomposites in the construction and engineering sector have been selected. This project will support the pilot lines for the scaling up and production of these nanocomposite based products in order to facilitate their further adoption by the entire construction chain: Antiweathering and anticorrosion nanocomposite coatings for the protection of structures exposed to aggressive environments such as wind turbines, offshore, marine infrastructure. Multifunctional polymeric nanocomposites providing smart applications to traditional construction materials such as concrete and coatings including self-cleaning, hydrophobicity, optical properties, early warning crack and water leak alarm. Prefab non-structural elements such as aerogels mechanically reinforced with nanoparticles for high-thermal insulation applications in building insulation. Coated nanoparticles with improved compatibility with the matrix providing a wide range of functionalities and leading to high quality products and important saves of energy. In order to implement and demonstrate this approach, NANOLEAP project brings together a European Network of pilot production facilities focused on scaling up nanocomposite synthesis and processing methods.

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