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Welcome note

Javier Sánchez,
Senior Project Manager GE Grid Solutions

“After 24 months, the InteGrid project has reached a defining moment. Moving into its third year, we will now see the demonstrators up and running and gathering real data from the field – all illustrating the results our innovations. The high-quality workshops held this January (described below in this newsletter), and the vibrant engagement of all the partners involved, make us feel that we are certainly on the right track.”

Third General Assembly & Face to Face Meetings – United Kingdom, January 2019

Last year InteGrid arrived at the end of another chapter, closing the second year, and now the third year has a high-energy start for the consortium.

The third General Assembly, held on January 16th at General Electric’s (GE) Centre of Excellence for the ADMS product line at Livingston (UK), was the starting point for this third year, reuniting the consortium to present the results of the balance of 2018 and the milestones to be achieved this coming year.

In 2018, the use cases and architecture of the project were finalised and the three demonstrators launched. The project also organized several workshops and conferences to engage citizens and to share experiences between consortium partners and other entities in the sector. The work that has been done on InteGrid was shared in several papers and at international events, engaging many in discussions on how InteGrid’s vision will improve consumers’ active participation in the electric grid and how to make the grid more flexible.

The consortium also came together on January 17th and 18th for the following:

• Operational Meeting
• 8th Executive Board
• 24th Technical Committee

Past Events

In the last months of InteGrid’s second year the project has participated in several conferences and workshops, oriented towards the public debate and academic discussion related with the development of smarter grids, indubitably, a central theme for a more sustainable future.
Look at some of the events that the project was part since October:

Launching of the Portuguese Demo – Portugal, January 2019

In the 3rd January took place in the Portuguese municipality of Alcochete, the launching of the Portuguese Demo. This first step of the Portuguese demonstrator consisted on the installation of 26 LED. This technology can be given set points of illumination and even a citizen can regulate the intensity in each luminaire. Consumption was greatly reduced by the substitution of sodium vapor lamps by LED.

General Data Protection Regulation Workshop – Portugal, November 2018

Last 15th and 16th November a GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation workshop organized by SAP, a project partner, took place in Lisbon, attended by around 30 participants from InteGrid Consortium. The main goal of the session was to learn and understand how to prepare the project for compliance with GDPR. GDPR matters for all partners and demos when personal data is included, even in the form of pseudonyms or just a user.

The focus was on two practical use cases, divided into two group interactive sessions:
• Registration on the gm-hub (grid-market hub)
• KPI transmission with masked personal data

For this propose, the audience was divided into three workgroups from different areas inside the project (developers/architects, project management, consumer’s engagement and legal department) that brainstorm about personal data used in the project demos/applications to be then discussed between all the participants.

In the end, took place a period of reflection about the next steps to take on this matter.

The second day of the workshop consisted of concluding the work started on the first day and the Wrap Up of work done during the whole workshop. The session ended with final Questions & Answers related with GDPR implementation on InteGrid.

GDPR has become very important for every partner that has a way to collect consumer information. This workshop included legal teams of the consortium and was crucial to challenge our technical and organizational measures, to use the highest-possible privacy principles by default and to match the GDPR regulation.

InteGrid understands the importance of improving the protection of our data subjects' rights and to clarify what partners that process personal data must do to safeguard those rights.

European Utility Week – Austria, November 2018

InteGrid returned last year, on the 6th - 8th of November 2018, to the European Untility Week in Vienna - Austria, supporting the EC Bridge Initiative, with Pedro G. Matos, project coordinator, and Ricardo Bessa, technical director.

Pedro G. Matos participated on two sessions: Interoperable Platforms and Data Exchange for Energy Services – EU Projects & Consumption Data as Driver for New Business Models - Digitalisation, sharing results and fostering discussions about the “InteGrid Grid - Market Hub: empowering consumers and unlocking flexibility”, stressing on the following topics:
• Energy Market & Grid Flexibility
• Customer engagement
• New services and opportunities

Ricardo Bessa presented “Energy Analytics for Smart Grids and Flexibility Management Consumption Data as Driver for New Business Models” on the session Consumption Data as Driver for New Business Models, underlining the following topics:
• Improve the real-time monitoring of low voltage grids by exploring smart meter data.
• Flexibility modelling of wastewater processes for emergency demand response.
• Modeling prosumers multi-period flexibility.

Advisory Board - Meeting and Stakeholders Consultation – Belgium, October 2018

On 10th October, the project had the Advisory Board meeting, in EDSO Headquarters - Brussels, where ideas related with Grid Management, Grid-Market Hub and Grid Users were presented and discussed. The session was divided in three discussion groups with the topic mention above where all the participants had the opportunity to give their inputs these topics.