LINKS Foundation, a central node of the Turin research and innovation ecosystem, operates in a consolidated international network with the aim of contributing to technological and socio-economic progress through cutting edge applied research projects. Partner of excellence for public and private organizations who want to promote projects of technological innovation and territorial development, LINKS stands out for the high competence and multidisciplinarity of human capital, the real beating heart of the Foundation.
LINKS will contribute to Storage4Grid with skilled and experienced personnel from the International Trends and Opportunities (ITO) function, the ICT for Energy (NRG), IoT and Pervasive Technologies (IPT) and Business Model Innovation (BMI) research areas. The ITO Function aims to consolidate and extend LINKS’ ability to seize emerging research opportunities at international level; in Storage4Grid will provide the overall coordination of the project. The IPT Research Area studies and develops technologies enabling the emerging paradigm of IoT; in Storage4Grid will lead the development of the Decision Support Framework, will provide the ICT infrastructure of the project and will support test sites deployment, execution and evaluation activities. The main goal of NRG is to support LINKS in new research activities on the use of the ICT applied to the Energy domain; in Storage4Grid will work on hybrid simulation solutions and on models and cooperative algorithms for electric vehicles charging. The BMI search area aims to promote and support innovation in the data enhancement process, with a dual focus on business models and technology; in Storage4Grid will lead the activities on business modeling, exploitation and policy support.
University Politehnica of Bucharest is the largest and the oldest technical university in the country and among the most prestigious universities in Romania. The tradition of our institution, developed in over 190 years through the effort of the most important nation's schoolmasters and of the generations of students, is not the only convincing reason. Today, the POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest is undergoing a continuous modernization process, being involved in a permanent dialogue with great universities in Europe and all over the world.
The mission of the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest has been thought over as a blend of education, research and innovation, which represents a key towards a knowledge-based society and economy. Creating knowledge mainly by scientific research, giving it out by education and professional training, disseminating it by information technologies, as well as the use of technological innovation are elements that define the university distinctive profile. The University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest wants to be present among the universities in Europe able to design and optimize processes that lead to a knowledge-based society, to reaching the goals of the sustainable economic growth, to better jobs, to stronger economic and social cohesion, in compliance with the provisions of the 2002 European Council in Lisbon and European Council in Barcelona in the same year. MicroDERLab is a Research Group at UPB, reuniting teams from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Power Engineering. It promotes a common research agenda on electrical engineering topics focusing measurements and instrumentation for a faster deploying of the intelligent networks of the future.
The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (FhG) is the leading organisation of institutes of applied research and development in Europe. Future-oriented strategic research is carried out with the aim of promoting innovations in key technologies with an economic and social relevance in the next five to ten years. Working within the framework of the European Union’s research and technological development programs, the FhG collaborates in industrial consortia on technical issues ultimately destined to improve the competitiveness of European industry.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a major player in the European Research Area. The FhG is an autonomous organisation with a decentralised organisational structure of 62 institutes, of which 15 institutes are dedicated to research in information and communication technology. The Fraunhofer Institutes network with other centres of excellence, and together help to assure the competitive strength of European research. The Fraunhofer Institute FIT (Institute for Applied Information Technology) will participate in the project with an experienced and excellent team of researchers from the “User-Centred Computing” department (UCC). Currently FIT is the most successful Institute within all Fraunhofer Institutes in regards to European Projects. FIT UCC is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, which has gained an internationally acknowledged reputation in the areas of Internet of Things, context-awareness, adaptive and personalized systems, mobile services, and usability engineering. FIT-UCC has been making significant contributions to energy efficiency and smart grid research in Europe. FIT-UCC is involved in numerous energy efficiency projects, actively involved in semantic standardization for building management through VoCamps, and the main contributor of the LinkSmart Project. FIT UCC main qualifications including middleware for energy efficiency systems, human-computer interactions, and research project management.
The UNINOVA Research Institute is a multidisciplinary, independent, and non-profit research institute employing around 180 persons, located in the metropolitan area of Lisbon. It was formed in 1986 by the Faculty of S&T of the University Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL - www.fct.unl.pt), a group of industrial associations, a financial holding, and up to 30 companies. It is an active partner of Madan Parque (www.madanparque.pt), a business facilitator and accelerator, incubating Micro and SME’s through several layers of support to entrepreneurial activity.
The main aim of UNINOVA is to pursue excellence in scientific research, technical development, advanced training and education. By working closely with industry and universities, technological innovations are transferred into profitable business concepts and, existing products further developed to match new industrial requirements. Due to its tight connection with the University and Madan Parque, UNINOVA has, since its foundation, hosted and supported the development several PhD thesis, as well as the creation of several successful spin-offs. Specialist areas of expertise of UNINOVA can be summarized as follows: microelectronics, materials & processes, telecommunications and reconfigurable and embedded systems; energy efficiency (including renewable energies, modern electric energy processing, intelligent buildings and smart grids), industrial and intelligent control and decision support systems; collaborative networks, interoperability (including strategies for interoperability and information integration using standards, standards’ reuse and harmonization) and intelligent decision based systems.
Eniig is a local Danish multi utility company supplying electricity to 385.000 customers in the central and northern parts of Denmark. Eniig operates the power grid in the area as well as selling power for a majority of the population in the area as well as heat. Operating both the grid and selling power Eniig directly faces the challenges and opportunities of the increasing share of fluctuating renewable electricity. As a grid operating company Eniig is to contribute to a continued stable grid.
It is essential to manage and balance the power as well as looking into new business areas for both the regulated and deregulated parts of the business. This is the motivation behind participating within “The Storage4Grid” project. Furthermore Eniig has already more than 100 years of knowledge working as a utility and more than 20 years of experience with commercialization of photovoltaic in Denmark and find it natural to be involved in research and innovation action projects like this. Eniig has years of experience in optimizing the electricity grid, providing electrical installations, and selling heat pumps and solar cells and are experts in the installation, operation, and maintenance of street and traffic lights and offer energy consultancy to private and business customers. Eniig are pioneers in remote meter reading and smart home solutions. Eniig has solid know-how in all essential areas of the future energy market - Smart Grid, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Eniig takes part in smarter grid and other relevant projects concerning the green transition. The strategy for the company is to take part in and affect the future society in our region.
EDYNA is the principal DSO (Distribution System Operator) of the region Alto Adige – Südtirol, Italy and is a controlled company of the Alperia group, leader in Energy Production, Distribution and Selling since 1898, it joins since 1.1.2016 the previous groups AEW and SEL, owners are the municipality of Bolzano and Merano and the Land Alto Adige-Südtirol.
Core business activities of EDYNA are construction, extension, maintenance and operation of the power distribution facilities; measurement of electricity distributed to final customers and operation and maintenance of the public lighting systems in the cities of Bolzano and Merano. Customers are 150.000, mainly distributed in the two biggest cities, Bolzano and Merano, but also in rural and mountain areas. Main assets: 200 km HV lines, 1.100 km MV lines, 1.900 km LV lines (underground and overhead), 1700 Transformation plants, among them 15 substations HV/MV. All meters are electronic, remote controlled. Benchmark parameter: mean value of interruptions duration per customer in a year is 15 min, while national value is 102 min. The company has 200 employees, between grid technicians, engineers and administrative officers. The Alperia group, as one of the principal players in energy sector in North Italy, has fixed the main goal of supporting and boosting the harmonic growth of e-transport in the context of his electric distribution network. With this aim, a project has been launched by EDYNA including the most important key factors: from the e-car to the realization and management of a remote controlled charging network for vehicles. Different technologies are continuously being employed and tested in function of their suitability to an everyday use, data are collected and processed. The fleet park consists of 20 EVs, 2 operative vans, other 15 EVs will be in service till the end of the year. There are now 22 public charging stations in service, covering all the territory, among them 2 of the fast charging (DC 45 kW) type and the others of the Mennekes 22 kW type. The network is continuously expanding: other 15 stations have been planned in cooperation with different stakeholders. About 270 e-cars are now circulating in the region. The stations have been directly connected to the electric grid, giving access to all possible vendors and service providers (DSO model). All the stations are remote controlled and can be monitored in detail by our system, which also can output data for billing operations.
Lithium Balance (LIBAL) is a Danish R&D intensive SME with 23 employees founded in 2006. LIBAL’s core competence is the development and delivery of battery management systems (BMS) for the emerging markets for electric and hybrid vehicles and machines and stationary energy storage systems. The company’s competencies span R&D in energy management algorithms, embedded and PC software, electronics and mechanics.
LIBAL has previously participated in several Danish research projects focused on development of energy storage systems (e.g. RELIABLE), and has or is participating in the FP7 projects SOMABAT, FREE-MOBY, ICAB and READY. Lithium Balance A/S has facilities in Copenhagen, Denmark suitable for research and development in the fields of electronics development, software development, battery pack development, test and validation of battery management systems. LIBAL’s core expertise is development and implementation of battery management systems for lithium-ion based energy storage systems. LIBAL has since 2009 supplied its battery management systems to more than 400 different customers, and help them integrate and develop energy storage systems for their applications ranging from electric vehicles to stationary energy storage. LIBAL therefore has vast experience and knowhow in making safe and reliable battery systems. LIBAL has also developed interfaces between electric vehicles and fast chargers according to international standards, which include vehicle to grid functionality, which is also relevant to this project.
ALPERIA, South Tyrol’s new provider of energy services, is one of the leading Italian companies in the field of energy production from renewable sources and is constantly committed to ensuring the security of energy supply and a sustainable future.
ALPERIA’s core business involves the production of electric energy, mainly from hydroelectric source but also from minor PV and biomass power plants, the management of the electricity grid in South Tyrol, the production of heat based on waste heat, biomass and natural gas cogeneration, the management of 6 DH systems and the sale of electric energy and natural gas. ALPERIA includes 40 daughter companies, around 1,000 collaborators and has revenues of over 1 billion €. Engineering and Consulting Group within Alperia operates is the following sectors: Hydroelectric power, district heating, electrical power transmission, business development, e-mobility, EU research projects. Turnkey solutions are provided in all project phases from project planning, preparation of financial plans and funding proposals, implementation and supervision of construction, to operation and maintenance. Our experience in planning, system operations management, energy marketing, customer support and more, sets us apart. Our clients benefit from our extensive collaboration with research institutions and universities and the insights obtained from this cooperation. Our location benefits from expertise and contacts from both the German and the Italian economic area.
Neogy sets electric mobility in motion by developing an intelligent charging infrastructure and offering tailor-made solutions for electric cars. At its charging stations Neogy provides 100% renewable energy, aiming for truly green mobility for a sustainable future. The joint venture between Alperia and Dolomiti Energia, the largest energy providers in Trentino-Alto Adige, was born in 2019 in order to promote electric mobility, a sector in which both companies have accumulated years of experience by setting up a widespread charging network and serving numerous private and corporate clients.
The company responsible for developing the electric mobility of the Alperia group, Alperia Smart Mobility, managed the entry into its share capital of Dolomiti Energia Holding, energy provider of the Autonomous Province of Trento, for a 50% share, thus bringing at the birth of the Neogy joint venture. The aim of the merger is to encourage the development of electric mobility by benefiting from the infrastructure already developed by the two holding companies: Alperia and Dolomiti Energia. Thanks to the union of the two currently existing networks, Neogy started with an initial allocation of 170 public charging stations and has planned important investments to expand the infrastructure of charging stations also in other areas of the national territory, with the activation of public charging stations and dedicated charging points at commercial and accommodation facilities and a wide range of services. All Neogy charging stations will be powered by 100% renewable energy, produced in the hydroelectric power plants belonging to Alperia and the Dolomiti Energia Group. The infrastructure will ensure the widest interoperability between different systems and circuits and easy accessibility: all the charging points will be usable both by customers who have entered into a contract with the company or with its other partner operators and by occasional customers. Similarly, Neogy customers will be able to make an electric recharge in Italy and Europe also at the infrastructures of other affiliated operators. The estimated potential quantity, in a border area like Trentino Alto Adige, is about 400 thousand users with 30% of the monthly electric recharges that already takes place today in roaming. In fact, the agreement was finalized with Enel X, an Enel Group company dedicated to the development of electric mobility and digital services, and with the partners of the European roaming platform “Hubject, so that Neogy customers can access more 70 thousand charging stations across Europe. Neogy's chargers will instead be available to 300 e-mobility providers.