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InteGrid & SSERR Workshop - Meeting Key Exploitable Results in Vienna

Newsletter No 6
April 2019

Welcome note
Julien Le Baut, Project Manager at AIT

We are now entering a very exciting phase of the project: all the smart grid functions have been developed and successfully validated in laboratory tests and they are now being implemented in the three demonstrators. We should start getting the first results very soon! At AIT, we are looking forward to seeing our Traffic Light System, running in Slovenia and Portugal, and supporting the integration of flexibility in distribution grids. Additionally, the Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Scalability and Replicability Analysis are making significant progresses, the first simulations are currently performed by the project partners.
AIT hosted a three-day meeting at the beginning of April in the Austrian capital, Vienna. On the first day, a fundamental topic has been addressed through a workshop animated by SSERR: the exploitation of results in European project. It was the opportunity for each partner to apprehend the challenges related to the commercialization of tools.

In this edition, you can discover all about:

InteGrid SSERR Workshop
9th Executive Board & 27th Technical Committee
Upcoming and Past Events

First InteGrid patent submitted

INESC TEC and Águas do Tejo Atlântico submitted in April 2019 a patent request to the European Patent Office (EPO), EP19168270.7, Method and device for controlling a wastewater tank pumping system.

The wastewater management sector is being pushed to optimize processes in order to reduce energy consumption without compromising its quality standards. Energy costs can represent a significant share of the global operational costs (between 50% and 60%) in an energy intensive consumer. Recent advancements in smart water networks and internet-of-things technology create the conditions to apply data-driven optimization methods based on artificial intelligent techniques. Pumping is the largest consumer of electrical energy in wastewater treatment plant. Thus, the optimal control of pump units can help the utilities to decrease operational cost. InteGrid developed a predictive control policy for wastewater variable-speed pumps that minimize electrical energy consumption, considering uncertainty forecasts for wastewater intake rate and information collected by sensors accessible through the SCADA system. The control method combines statistical learning (regression and predictive models) and deep reinforcement learning. The results show a 16% decrease in electrical energy consumption while still achieving a 97% reduction in the number of alarms when compared with the current operating scenario.

Until December 2019, this control software will be demonstrated in the largest water resource recovery facility in Portugal, Alcântara (Lisbon area).

More details can be found in: https://arxiv.org/abs/1902.03417

SSERR workshop – Austria, April 2019

The workshop was led by Mr. Andrea Di Anselmo from META, one of the companies that together with ENEA constitutes the SSERR partnership. This service is supported by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, resulting from the fact that exploitation has become a crucial element in H2020. The Exploitation Strategy Seminar was held in Vienna, focused on building a plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the project´s results, during a full day activity with all partners participation.

Together, we revised Key Exploitable Results and clarified their features connected to exploitation. These result-oriented exercise aimed to lead discussion about the use of results and its impact challenging on how to make the most benefit from the results, up to four years after the action and how to achieve impact with long term sustainability. Next steps will include the deployment of an exploitation roadmap for the selected Key Exploitable Results: Virtual Power Plant technology, LocalLife and Energy optimization in wastewater treatment will go further in its scope and means of exploitation.

9th Executive Board Meeting

This consortium body, constituted by the project coordinator, technical director and the 3 demo leaders, has discussed about the project’s main highlights, namely the demos status and the extensive work to have the demonstrators ready on time to start the Use Case tests. Another topic raised was the foreseen participation of the project in several conferences in the forthcoming near future, namely in Innogrid2020+ and CIRED, where the project will be present with five papers, including one oral presentation and 4 poster sessions.

27th Technical Committee

The consortium also came together on April 4thand 5th for the Operational Meetings and the Technical Committee. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the progress with the demonstration activities in Portugal, Sweden and Slovenia. The main conclusions were:
  • Portugal: EDP Distribuição is making operational the InteGrid digital platform, which serves as a data lake for the advanced smart grid functions (e.g., low voltage state estimator, load and renewable energy forecasting, medium voltage load allocation) and enables the grid and market hub services, and continuing the engagement of consumers for the energy social network LocalLife from SIM (and that is also being demonstrated in Sweden); GE is continuing the implementation of the advanced distribution management system that integrated INESC TEC multi-period optimal power flow and state estimation tools.
  • Slovenia: commercial virtual power plant (VPP) platform from CyberGRID is operational and the implementation of the technical VPP for DSO services (Elektro Ljubljana) is on-going and involving flexible consumers and distributed generation.
  • Sweden: innovative technical and behavioral demand response strategies from KTH and SIM are presently under demonstration for 150 consumers and Ellevio is testing advanced asset management functions with SAP cloud technology.


For the 3rd consecutive year InteGrid will showcase at INNOGRID2020+, presenting current findings and relevant contributions from field pilots to energy transition. Don't miss it! The event will be held in May 13-14, at Albert Hall, Chaussée de Wavre 651, 1040 Brussels. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators (E.DSO) will focus this year’s edition of InnoGrid2020+ on ‘Connecting Physics and Digits: Power Platforms on the Rise’. You can access to all speakers list at https://www.innogrid2020.eu/programme/

INESC TEC is promoting the “Energy Systems of the Future” event at FEUP Main Auditorium on May 29, from 14:00 until 18:00.This event aims at presenting a set of R&D solutions that will contribute to materialize the vision of energy systems with 100% renewable energy, through a combination of new technology, market schemes and intelligent computational solutions. Additionally, a panel session composed by energy experts from industry and associations will discuss R&D challenges for the future energy systems.

Your presence is very important to us! Please register here until April 30.


13:30 - 14:15: Registration and welcome
14:15 - 14:30: Opening – Portuguese Government representative (tbc)
14:30 - 16:00: INESC TEC vision for the future energy system
  • Power system with 100% renewable energy: the long wait… – João Peças Lopes (INESC TEC / FEUP)
  • Electrification of energy systems: There shall be only one – Filipe Joel Soares (INESC TEC)
  • Artificial intelligence in the energy sector: hype, hallelujah or outdated? – Ricardo Bessa (INESC TEC)
  • Smart grid technologies for addressing societal challenges – Clara Gouveia (INESC TEC)
  • The next revolution in the energy sector: buy and sell of energy! – José Villar (INESC TEC)
16:00 - 16:45: Coffee Break and TEC4ENERGY Exhibition
16:45 - 18:00: The future of energy systems by energy experts (moderator: Luís Seca, INESC TEC)
  • Renewable Energy: António Sá da Costa (EREF)
  • Distribution System Operator: Aurélio Blanquet (EDP Distribuição)
  • Technology Solutions: Ângelo Ramalho (EFACEC)
  • Electricity Markets: Jorge Vasconcelos (NEWES)
  • Transmission System Operator: Albino Marques (REN)
  • Consumers: Isabel Oliveira (DECO)
16:00 - 16:45: Closing – Chairman of INESC TEC

This event is powered by the Energy Days Initiative organised every year by the European Commission within the scope of the Sustainable Energy Week. Organised by local public and private organisations, Energy Days are activities and events that promote clean energy transition.

InteGrid will be present at CIRED Conference
Spain, June 2019

With one oral presentation and 4 poster sessions, we will be participating at the 25th edition of CIRED conference. If you wish to schedule a meeting, exchange some thoughts or just to say hello, contact us at our webpage. Ellevio, Comillas University, AIT, cyberGrid, INESC TEC and EDP Distribuição will be present.

Past Events

InteGrid project is represented in the EU BRIDGE initiative, which guarantees that the European Commission keeps track of the project evolution and facilitates the dissemination of InteGrid’s objectives and results within the EC and across other European projects.
eGrid participated in the BRIDGE General Meeting that was held at Brussels on March 12th and 13th. This General Meeting had one main session during the morning of the 1st day, focused on the status report of some of the projects currently running (NOBEL GRID, NETfficient, RealValue and Tilos), followed by parallel sessions during the afternoon of the 1st day and the morning of the 2nd day (“Innovation in network management”, “Energy communities and self-consumption", “Replicability of projects”, “Smart charging for electro-mobility", “Cybersecurity and resilience” and “Organizing joint communication and events among projects”). The meeting ended in a general session held in the afternoon of the 2nd day.

The members of the Business Models Working Group were invited to attend the “Replicability of projects” session, which focused on sharing practices that have been adopted to perform replicability and scalability analysis in each project, as well as on discussing the main pain points that were identified so far.
The different approaches and criteria followed by the projects to perform such analysis highlighted the potential advantages of having a common toolbox that could be used to share information about the power distribution activity in each country (e.g., economic and social data, regulatory models and parameters, grid characteristics, smart metering benchmarking regarding roll-out status and functionalities), guidelines for the definition of KPI, best practices for replicability analysis and an overview of lessons learned and experiences acquired in the already concluded projects. Such toolbox may be a key driver to promote a level playing field for the projects (regarding assumptions and methodologies) and, thus, to ease the comparability of their outcomes. The definition of the framework for this toolbox will be addressed by a task force composed by members of the current Bridge Working Groups.
One of the highlights associated with the participation of InteGrid within BRIDGE is related with the evaluation of the regulatory framework of four different countries (Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) and how these regulatory frameworks influence the business case of the socio-economic benefits of smart grid solutions tested.
The InteGrid project provides inputs regarding the business case of relevant stakeholders across different regulatory frameworks, which might support the need to harmonize regulatory frameworks within the EU.
Within the BRIDGE meeting, some topics regarding how to implement a framework allowing for the transaction of flexibility services were discussed as being relevant to allow for dynamic pricing and the provision of efficient market signals. The topics included the role of the aggregator and whether it would be a player in all the markets (intra-day, day-ahead, ...). Also, the idea that batteries should have a coherent tariff both when charging and discharging.
Furthermore, how to guarantee that the market framework will not produce unintended incentives for the aggregators to game the market (for instance, by asking more power than needed and overselling afterwards the need for the use of curtailment/flexibility services?).