Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) is a research & innovation centre operating in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) domain. Founded in 2000 by Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino, today ISMB relies on technological and process competences of around 150 researchers working in close cooperation with companies, academia and Public Administration. ISMB is organized in Research Areas focused on core sectors of ICT that are capable of managing the whole value chain, from basic technology up to its practical implementation (proof-of-concept).
Since 2010, ISMB has extended its activities to process innovation, orienting its focus on priority themes of the European agenda. Such an evolution aims at employing excellences and results of Research Areas into Strategic Programs that are interdisciplinary by nature. Smart Energy, Smart City and Smart Health are the strategic programs tackled by ISMB and they represent the first step of a broader action aimed at high-value social projects. The Institute is involved in several industrial cooperation activities with both large enterprises and SMEs, as well as in various higher-education initiatives in partnership with academic institutions. ISMB will contribute to Storage4Grid (S4G) with skilled and experienced personnel of the Pervasive Technologies (PerT) research area and The Smart Energy Program. The PerT Research Area studies and develops technologies enabling the emerging paradigm of IoT. Pert is organized into three units: IoT Objects and Platforms Unit (in charge of technologies and platforms that turn physical objects in IoT nodes), Pervasive Secure Networks Unit (that studies communication paradigms that ensure flexibility, scalability, security and robustness to communications among IoT objects) and IoT Service Management Unit (developing distributed and cooperative algorithms at the service level of the IoT). The main function of the Smart Energy program is to support ISMB in new research activities on the use of the ICT applied to the Energy domain. These research activities are carried on through ISMB’s research areas and particular attention is, at the present, devoted to how ICT may bring new ways of managing energy distribution through smart grids, how to support efficient active demand methodologies, to study user profile loads clustering, algorithms for distributed constrained energy optimization, etc.).
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.