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Powervault raising £750,000 investment on Crowdcube

Powervault returns to Crowdcube with its award winning home energy storage product, which reduces electricity bills and helps customers during blackouts. The Government says that energy storage is a game-changing technology which could save the UK £8bn/year as part of a "smart power revolution".

ORBEET: Organizational Behaviour improvement for Energy Efficient administrative public offices

Tertiary sector buildings consume a sizeable proportion of EU total energy consumption and the majority of consumption is directly attributed to the operational phase of the building life-cycle. Occupant behaviour is a major cause of this consumption. OrbEEt proposes an ICT-based framework to induce behaviour change toward energy efficiency by transforming energy measurements into personalized feedback delivered through engaging user interfaces. To achieve this challenge, OrbEEt foresees dynamic, spatially fine-grained extensions of building-level Operational Rating methodologies and Display Energy Certificates to provide a detailed view of energy use in office spaces, business processes and organizational entities rather than entire buildings. The fusion of information from Building Information Models, Business Process Models and real-time energy use measurement via a comprehensive ICT cloud service - the Systemic Enterprise Operational Rating framework - will enable energy use tracking and will establish direct accountability of people, processes and spaces toward overall consumption.

BESOS: Building Energy Decision Support Systems for Smart cities

The strategic goal of BESOS is to enhance existing neighbourhoods with decision support system to provide coordinated management of public infrastructures in Smart Cities, and at the same time provide citizens with information to promote sustainability and energy efficiency.

The RealValue project - Unlocking Value across the European Energy Chain

RealValue is a €15.5m European Horizon 2020 energy storage project, which aims to use a combination of physical demonstrations in Ireland, Germany and Latvia along with innovative modelling techniques, in order to demonstrate how local small-scale energy storage, optimised across the whole EU energy system, with advanced ICT, could bring benefits to all market participants.

The Estfeed Project: Innovative data sharing ICT infrastructure for energy market participants

Estfeed project built a software platform capable to integrate many data sources and to provide appropriate services to convert these data into valuable information for energy flexibility management, energy efficiency, audit and benchmarking.

The GRID4EU project : a large-scale demonstration project of advanced smart grids solutions with wide replication and scalability potential for Europe

Started in November 2011 for a duration of 51 months, this FP7 project lays the groundwork for the development of tomorrow's electricity grids. It will test the potential of smart grids in areas such as the integration of DER, the integration of small-scale storage, the integration of electric vehicles (EVs)grid automationenergy efficiency and load shaping.

The S3C project : Smart Consumer – Smart Customer – Smart Citizen

The current generation of smart grid demonstration projects is very much focused on technology and the functioning of electricity grids. There is little insight in the behaviour of consumers in a connected living environment. Nor is there a comprehensive view on the potential participation of small end-consumers into power markets. Nevertheless, the success of active load and demand-side management strongly depends on appropriate technologies, incentives and consumer acceptance


The E-DeMa project in the model region Rhein-Ruhr was initiated in the framework of the German lighthouse project initiative E-Energy (2008-2012) and aimed at designing ICT-based solutions enabling the intelligent utilisation of all resources at the model region’s disposal. Additionally, the project targeted the optimisation as well as the integration of the energy system starting from generation to storage, up to the distribution of electricity leading to an efficient final consumption through new services based on metering data and energy management services.




The research-and-development project MeRegio in Goeppingen and Freiamt was designed and implemented within the E-Energy programme (2008 – 2012). It targeted an ICT integration in all parts of the energy value chain in order to meet the demand for efficient, yet decentralised energy systems.

Smart Watts

The Smart Watts project was funded under the German E-Energy lighthouse programme (2008 – 2012). Its field-test was located in Aachen and the consortium identified the target to create an unbundling-compliant information and control model for the energy system providing all market participants with current data on generation and consumption in real-time.

Smart Grids Model Region Salzburg (SGMS)

Salzburg is one of the pioneers in Europe in developing smart energy networks. This is why it was chosen by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund to be the first Smart Grids Model Region in Austria. Smart Grids Model Region Salzburg is supported by an interdisciplinary team from the energy sector (Salzburg AG, Salzburg Netz GmbH), a property developer (Salzburg Wohnbau), a technology vendor (Siemens), consulting services (Fichtner) and renowned research institutions (Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna University of Technology, CURE). The goal is to create a holistic smart grid system called Smart Infrastructure Salzburg.

SiNGULAR: Smart and Sustainable Insular Electricity Grids Under Large-Scale Renewable Integration

SiNGULAR investigates the effects of large-scale integration of renewables and demand-side management on the planning and operation of insular electricity grids, proposing efficient measures, solutions and tools towards the development of a sustainable and smart grid.

INERTIA: Integrating Active, Flexible and Responsive Tertiary Prosumers into a Smart Distribution Grid

INERTIA project addresses the "structural inertia" of existing Distribution Grids by introducing more active elements combined with the necessary control and distributed coordination mechanisms. To this end INERTIA will adopt the Internet of Things/Services principles to the Distribution Grid Control Operations.

InovGrid Project - EDP Distribuição (Portugal)

Inovgrid is EDP’s umbrella project for smart grids. It presents an answer to several challenges, including: the need for increased energy efficiency; the pressure to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency; the integration of a large share of dispersed generation; the integration of electric vehicles and the desire to empower customers and support the development of new energy services.

ADVANCED project

The ADVANCED project (Active Demand Value ANd Consumers Experiences Discovery) is a research project co-funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013). It aims at developing actionable frameworks enabling residential, commercial and industrial consumers to participate in AD (active demand) thus contributing to AD mass deployment in Europe.

The ADVANCED conceptual model and target matrix

The investigations in ADVANCED rely on the definition of a conceptual model of active consumer participation in which all relevant factors influencing the participation of consumers in Active Demand (AD) programs are included and their relationships described.

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