1. Organization and Participation in major international events
- ETRA/ICCS presentations in the digital event “Sustainable Places 2020” organized by the EC (https://www.sustainableplaces.eu/). ETRA organized a workshop entitled “Sustainable Digital Tools for All Energy Actors” on 29/10/2020 https://www.sustainableplaces.eu/home/sp20-workshops-events/sustainable-digital-tools-for-all-energy-actors/
- SIN presented the FLEXGRID strategies and developments at the digital event: “World Energy Storage Day (WESD) Global Conference & Expo 2020” Organised by the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) on 22/09/2020. https://energystorageday.org/event/conference-program/
- SIN presented the FLEXGRID H2020 project and the work that is being carried out for redispatch 2.0 with a group of young professionals working in areas of Flexibility for the Energy sector. The group is an invite based professional group of Energy flexibility professionals in Europe. The event was held with the group members on Date: 21.01.2021, https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12475050/
- SIN presented the FLEXGRID H2020 project and the various tools, services and use-cases developed for different stakeholders involved in the project. Finally, the survey of FLEXGRID was shared for gathering additional inputs. InnoEnergy is a Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) supported by European Institute of Technology (EIT). CommUnity by InnoEnergy is a digital platform gathering Master students in Energy topics, PhD researchers, Entrepreneurs, and energy professionals. The event was organised by one of the student volunteer groups of CommUnity by InnoEnergy on Horizon 2020 projects where FLEXGRID H2020 project introductory presentation was conducted on Date: 22.02.2021, https://community.innoenergy.com/events/48985
- ICCS presented the FLEXGRID project during the “H2020 Low TRL Smart Grids and Storage Projects Clustering workshop” that was organized by EC’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) on 03-04 December 2020.
- ICCS presented the FLEXGRID project during the “2021 BRIDGE General Assembly” that was organized by EC and BRIDGE project 02-04 March 2021.
- NPC presented extracts of the FLEXGRID project during the ERRA online course on “Introduction to Regulation of Flexibility in the Power Grid” on 8 March 2021.
- NPC presented the main concept of the FLEXGRID project during the Nord Pool standard introductory power market course “The Physical and Financial Power Markets” on 4 March 2021.
2. Industry-oriented communication activities
NODES and NPC lead face-to-face meetings with targeted industrial actors, who would possibly like to operate a FLEXGRID marketplace in their geographical region in the future or are interested in FLEXGRID’s services. NODES/NPC will try to attract the stakeholders, who would like to participate in flexibility marketplaces in order to educate them on the features of the platform and persuade them to participate and extend their business through it.
SIN leads the organization of industrial workshop(s)/DEMO days and webinars.
SIN & ETRA lead communication activities to regulators/policy makers.
bnNETZE leads communication activities to public authorities exploiting its experience/network from Thuega group and respective public municipality affiliations.
ETRA leads communication activities to grassroots community organizations such as RESCOOPs and smart energy communities, which want to be front-runners in Europe’s green energy transition era.
3. Communication Activities of FLEXGRID services and intelligence to interested stakeholders
ICCS leads this activity being responsible for periodically updating the FLEXGRID’s website with new dissemination and communication material.
All FLEXGRID deliverables (together with all other dissemination material like scientific papers) are made public in the project’s website (see the “Downloads” tab here: https://flexgrid-project.eu/deliverables.html), so as everyone may have access and download the respective material.
The datasets will be made publicly available after the end of the first S/W integration phase (expected in M27) in the FLEXGRID GitHub area (https://github.com/FlexGrid).
4. Training activities and academic dissemination
- Dr Prodromos Makris presented FLEXGRID functionalities in the context of academic lectures at the University of the Aegean, School of Engineering, Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering. Two lectures took place in December 2019 and in December 2020 in the MSc program and one dedicated DEMO lab workshop in the BSc program.
- As. Prof. Dimitrios Vergados presented FLEXGRID functionalities in the context of an academic lectures at the University of the Western Macedonia, School of Sciences, Department of Informatics, December 2020, February 2021, and at the University of Piraeus, School of Information and Communication Technologies, Department of Informatics in September 2020.
- Graduate courses at University of Freiburg
- Bachelor course at DTU “Introduction to Energy Analytics”
- Prof. Hrvoje Pandžić (UNIZG-FER) presented the results of use cases within WP4 of the FLEXGRID project as a part of his Masters-level class Energy Storage at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in March 2021.
- Prof. Hrvoje Pandžić (UNIZG-FER) presented the results of use cases within WP4 of the FLEXGRID project as a part of his Masters-level class Energy Storage at the University of Mostar Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Computing and Electrical Engineering in March 2021.
- Prof. Spyros Chatzivasileiadis (DTU) introduces the optimization algorithms used for FLEXGRID in the MSc course he is teaching “Optimization in modern power systems” at DTU, in the Fall semester 2020-2021. This year he talked to the student about flexibility services and how these algorithms can be used for flexibility markets, discussing the use cases within WP5 with the students.
5. Cooperation and mutual dissemination activities with other related EU projects
- H2020 PARITY project: ICCS/NTUA team had a physical meeting with HYPERTECH energy labs (https://www.ht-energylabs.com/), which is a SME offering ICT solutions for the future smart grid. The meeting took place in ICCS premises (Athens) on 14th July 2020. FLEXGRID Project Coordinator exchanged research ideas with the H2020 PARITY (https://parity-h2020.eu/) technical coordination team and discussed about future project proposals.
- NODES as market platform operator participates in the H2020 project EUniversal. The project scope is to create a universal market enabling interface to effectively and efficiently connect smart grid solutions, flexibility solutions and various market mechanisms. NODES exchanges the different approaches within the project to increase the value and outcome of both projects, EUniversal and FLEXGRID. In the context of this project NODES, furthermore, discusses results and approaches of previous and ongoing H2020 projects like CoordiNet, InteGrid, EU-SysFlex and OneNet to evaluate valuable project results to be considered in the realization of the project goals.
- ETRA is participating in several H2020 projects as a coordinator and as part
of the consortium. One of the most ongoing relevant projects that ETRA is
coordinating is X-FLEX with the principal aim of developing a set of efficient,
cost-effective, integrated solutions that will facilitate the optimum
combination of decentralized flexibility assets. Due to the nature of the
project it can be considered as a sister project of FLEXGRID. In the context of
having an exchange of knowledge ETRA uses internal meetings to discuss results
and approaches from both projects using also the social media to increase the
impact by means of Twitter and LinkedIn.
In addition to that project some other H2020 projects on going to exchange knowledge are FLEXCoop, Holisder, and Synergy due to all of them have a very similar final purpose.
- FOSS research group of UCY is participating in several H2020 projects either as coordinator or as partner. FOSS is coordinating PANTERA, a CSA action, whose main objective is to deliver a multifunctional platform leveraging SmartGrids investment in the low spending countries of the EU. As such, PANTERA needs to enrich their database with Use Cases and projects’ outcomes that are fully related to the Use Cases of the FLEXGRID project. Moreover, FOSS participates as a partner in the following projects DELTA, Drimpac, FEVER that handle different flexibility aspects of the integrated grid and are aligned towards the FLEXGRID objectives as well. Also, SYNERGY as a project on data exchange and handling among the energy actors of the energy data value chain is highly relevant. FOSS uses internal meetings and collaboration under the BRIDGE initiative to discuss approaches and results of these projects along with the appropriate dissemination channels.
- UNIZG-FER research group is participating in several H2020 projects as a partner. The one most compatible with FLEXGRID is the FLEXIGRID project, coordinated by CIRCE. As FLEXIGRID project proposes to improve the distribution grid operation making it more flexible, reliable, and cost-efficient, through the development of four hardware solutions, it is a complementary project to FLEXGRID. Namely, while FLEXGRID is focused on flexibility markets and develops new business models, FLEXIGRID is focused on hardware solutions and implementation. UNIZG-FER uses internal meetings and collaboration under the BRIDGE initiative to discuss approaches and results of these projects along with the appropriate dissemination channels.
- DTU research group arranged a 2-hour meeting with the UC Louvain research group which is participating in the FEVER project (https://fever-h2020.eu/) which is an EU H2020 project also dealing with flexibility markets. DTU presented the work they are carrying out within FLEXGRID and UC Louvain presented their work within FEVER. A 1-hour discussion followed about the key insights generated and best approaches to move forward. Moreover, ICCS had a physical meeting with FEVER project coordinator (i.e. INTRACOM Telecom solutions) at its premises in Athens during which interesting research ideas have been discussed. The two projects are going to collaborate during the next months in order to organize a couple of joint dissemination activities.
- Prof. Spyros Chatzivasileiadis (DTU) is the PI of the Indo-Danish project ID-EDGe, which focuses on developing control algorithms for distribution grids that can tap into the flexibility of the available resources in order to remove network bottlenecks. DTU presented the framework of the FLEXGRID project and a discussion followed on how we can couple the control algorithms with the market incentives and structures that are developed within FLEXGRID.
- HOPS is participating in a few Horizon 2020 projects, which are closely related with FLEXGRID. One of them is the ATTEST, which aims to develop a secure ICT platform that integrates a set of optimization tools for operating, planning and managing assets of power systems and to support TSO’s and DSO’s in improving and coordinating their systems from a technical, economic and environmental standpoint in order to develop energy systems of 2030 and beyond. Another one is the CROSSBOW project. It is a transmission system operator driven project with two inter-related and equally important strategic goals: successful deployment of a set of technological solutions which enable increasing the shared use of resources to foster transmission networks cross-border management of variable renewable energy systems (RES) and storage units and reducing network operational costs and improving economic benefits of RES and storage units. CROSSBOW will demonstrate a number of different technologies offering TSOs increased grid flexibility and robustness. FARCROSS is also Horizon 2020 project that aims to address EU energy goals to establish a geographically large market by initially improving its cross-border electricity interconnections. One project objective is to develop and introduce advanced software solutions, including capacity allocation and reserve optimisation tools, as well as an advanced forecasting of energy production and demand response platform. HOPS is also part of EU implementation projects for EU platforms for the exchange of balancing energy from frequency restoration reserves with automatic activation (aFRR) - PICASSO and manual activation (mFRR) - MARI. The exchange of information between FLEXGRID and the pre-mentioned projects has helped the development of FLEXGRID algorithms in a way that these are compatible with today’s market architectures.