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“Free Electrons” incubator launches 12 clean energy tech startups

Utility-led “Free Electrons” accelerator programme selects 12 innovative energy startups. Opportunities for innovation in the energy sector have never been greater. The changes the sector is undergoing with energy decentralisation and the ability of consumers to manage and automate their environment is opening up new prospects, especially for new entrants unconstrained by the day to day operations of a utility business….. Perhaps one of the…

What is flexibility, who is an Aggregator you ask? Let these 45 EU projects shine some light…

1. REserviceS 2. aDSM 3. Hybrid-VPP4DSO 4. IndustRE 5. Flexiciency 6. Market4RES 7. eBadge 8. FUSE-IT 9. BestRES 10. Best PATHS 11. Electra 12. EVA+ 13. Flex4Grid 14. Future Flow 15. Inspire Grid 16. Integrid 17. Migrate 18. PROMOTioN 19. Dareed 20. Anyplace 21. Discern 22. ESTfeed 23. EvolveDSO 24. Grid+Storage 25. IDE4L 26. Smart Net 27. Venteea 28. Triangulum 29. STORY (LCE-08) 30. ELSA…

European Coal Emissions Plunge 11% In 2016

European emissions from coal fell by an impressive 11% in 2016, according to analysis of new figures published by the European Commission this week. At the end of March, the European Commission published preliminary 2016 data under the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). European non-profit think tank Sandbag analyzed the data, finding that total European Union (EU) ETS stationary emissions fell by 2.4% in 2016, from…

4 Factors That Could Affect a Solar Street Light Proposal

There are many different factors to consider when putting together a solar street light proposal. Not many people know all the considerations required, but here is a list of a few little-known factors that can make the specification process a little less stressful. With this information, you will be able to not only create a better specification, but ensure that solar is the right fit…

Europe’s first large-scale battery factory hopes to emulate Tesla’s Gigafactory

Peter Carlsson worked as Tesla’s head of supply chain up to 2015 and has since co-founded Nordic energy firm Northvolt AB. The firm has today (7 March) received a €3.5m investment from InnoEnergy – the innovation hub for the European energy market – to support the development of Europe’s first large-scale battery factory.  Carlsson has teamed with Northvolt’s chief operating officer and former Tesla executive…

DESI: The Digital Economy and Society Index – European KPI framework

Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands have the most advanced digital economies in the EU followed by Luxembourg, Belgium, the UK and Ireland. Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy have the lowest scores on the DESI. In 2016, all Member States improved on the DESI. Slovakia and Slovenia progressed the most (more than 0.04 as opposed to an EU average of 0.028). On the other hand, there…

MAS²TERING: Highlighting the groups collaborating on smart grid business convergence

The MAS²TERING Community consists of selected groups or individuals that contribute either directly or through similar topics surrounding prosumer community technologies, listed as follows: ADVISORY GROUP – a group of smart grid experts for consulting ongoing results & ambitions. CONSORTIUM PARTNERS – consists of nine project partners from five EU countries. SISTER PROJECTS – are similar projects that have inspired or collaborate(d) with MAS²TERING. ACTION CLUSTERS – are organizations & initiatives supporting Smart Grid…

MAS²TERING: Flexibility management demonstrated to show the need for the MAS platform solution

The MAS²TERING project can be sumarized as: Impact Methodology Pillar 1 – Interoperability Pillar 2 – Security and Reliability Pillar 3 – Holonic Architecture & Distributed Optimization Pillar 4 – Components for local and global distribution balancing for cost-effectiveness and enhanced grid resilience Pillar 5 – Cooperative business models for cost-effective grid management and enhanced integration of telecom and energy infrastructures Use Cases analysed Use…

Demand response: National Grid to help businesses save $3.6bn

National Grid’s new demand response programme claims to help business customers save thousands of dollars in electricity. US electricity and natural gas delivery company National Grid has put into place the first demand response programme for its business customers offering them the chance to reduce their electricity bills and at the same time, make money.  The utility, serving nearly 7m customers in New York, Massachusetts…

InterFlex – exploring flexibilities, local interactions and smart connections in Europe

InterFlex aims to deploy smart grid technologies at industrial scale in five countries. As the custodians of the distribution system, the distribution system operators (DSOs) are impacted more than any other player by the move to a decentralized, consumer centric energy market model. Growing levels of intermittent renewables, new loads such as electric vehicles (EVs) and the rise of prosumers as both generators and suppliers…

Europe’s DSOs seek new ways to leverage big data value

The European Union and Norway are home to an estimated 2,400 distribution system operators (DSOs), according to industry association Eurelectric. Not all are operating in a new eco-system of on-site generation, storage and distributed generation but the move away from a central radial grid is likely to impact every player at some point. In European countries where DSOs collect and deliver smart meter data to…

Renewable generation assets – are utilities managing?

New white paper highlights how energy companies can streamline grid assets investment. The shift away from centralised power generation to distributed energy resources raises new complexity for utilities and independent power producers. One facet of this transformation is that utilities are less likely to undertake as many capital-intensive large-scale generation projects. But one factor that has been less considered is how utilities are managing a rise…

Business case for installing and managing batteries at solar parks

A pioneering £1m battery storage system in Somerset will transfer power to the local electricity network after linking directly to a nearby 1.5MW solar park. The newly-opened Copley Wood facility is said to be the first of its kind in the UK; the 640KWh containerised system was shipped in from China and uses a lithium iron phosphate battery. Funded through Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance, the…

EU backs N Ireland storage 

EU member states have approved a €90m grant for a compressed air energy storage project in Larne in Northern Ireland. The grant is part of €444m funding proposed by the European Commission for 18 European energy infrastructure schemes that was given the green light today by member states.Other projects gaining support include €40.25m for the 700km SuedLink in Germany, which will link wind power generated in the…

French Parliament approves electricity auto-consumption bill

The French Parliament has approved a draft law aimed at inciting electricity auto-consumption for households or companies generating electricity, usually from solar panels. The draft had been finalised by a joint committee, to set up a regulatory framework for auto-consumption. The bill forces electricity grid operators to facilitate auto-consumption operations and to determine a specific tariff for grid use; since October 2016, electricity distribution company…

Demand Response Management System Market – Detailed Study Analysis and Forecast by 2025

The integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) into the energy sector has been instrumental in automation along with real-time data processing. The electricity utilization patterns of consumers are also examined by service providers, which helps in enhancing energy efficiency by the participation of services providers and users cumulatively. Energy companies, therefore, undertake DRMS programs and encourage users to modify…

EnOcean Alliance, IBM to Standardize Intelligent Building Solutions for IoT

The EnOcean Alliance is a consortium of more than 400 companies that standardize and develop intelligent building solutions integrating energy harvesting wireless technology. Together, IBM and the EnOcean Alliance will bring sensors to the cloud and develop self-powered solutions as a standard for the Internet of Things (IoT). EnOcean-based sensors and devices operate large numbers of IoT devices efficiently and supply reliable data to IoT…

SP2017 WS N°2: MAS2TERING organizes DCAI’17 session

as part of the 14th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence (DCAI’17) a smart grid clustering workshop is being co-organized by participants of Fuse-it and MAS2TERING projects.  This special session is motivated by the need for Europe to transition its energy markets into smart energy systems that support bi-directional flows of revenue, energy and information, the increased penetration of distributed energy resources (DER), and…