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Sim4Blocks make gains at Sustainable Places 2018

The 6th Sustainable Places 2018 (SP2018) conference was co-hosted by INES (The French National Solar Energy Institute of France) and the University of Savoie Mont Blanc (USMB) and Sim4Blocks made a strong impression. 

The two-day symposium comprised of several keynote speakers, clustering workshops, and presentation sessions. From across Europe, 167 delegates attended SP2018 in Aix-les Bains, […]

July 11th, 2018|Popular News|

Sim4Blocks present communal energy management at EM-Power

Last week, partners Enisyst attended “The smarter E Europe” conference in Munich, Germany and exhibited the Sim4Blocks project at the EM-Power exhibition.

“The smarter E Europe” event is an innovation hub for empowering new energy solutions that brought together four events in June this year: Intersolar Europe, ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe, EM-Power.

Sim4Blocks partner Enisyst had a […]

July 5th, 2018|Popular News|

Is it worth renovating old buildings?

The building sector is the largest energy-consuming sector in Europe. As retrofitting works are often unaffordable for people who own apartments in old blocks, the EU has had to step in.

Spain is known as a land of sun and heat. But even here there are regions that have to face icy winter temperatures. In Valladolid, […]

July 4th, 2018|Popular News|

Smarter and cleaner: Pilot study demonstrates potential of small-scale energy storage

Energy experts and utility companies installed electric thermal storage systems in properties across three European countries. The technology could help create a greener future.

The race to provide consumers with sustainable, efficient and affordable energy has intensified in recent years, thanks to the EU strategy towards achieving an Energy Union. Enter RealValue, the EU-funded project which […]

July 2nd, 2018|Popular News|

The power of neighbourhood in demand response

Throughout the last 10-15 years, there has been many trials across Europe and in US attempting to make households save energy or time shift their energy consumption through providing direct feedback to individual homes about their energy consumption and cost. The feedback can be given in many ways such as via websites or smart phone apps and […]

June 28th, 2018|Popular News|

Sustainable Places 2018

Hosted by the National Institute of Solar Energy (INES) in Aix-Les Bains, France on the 27-29 June 2018, Sustainable Places 2018 is looking to enhance the sustainability of places ensuring long-term environmental security.

Sustainable Places (SP) annual international conference gathers stakeholders from leading organizations around the world to advance the state of art and play in […]

June 26th, 2018|Popular News|

How district energy contributes to smart cities

NODA Intelligent Systems discusses how district heating and cooling systems are cost-effective solutions that contribute to developing smart cities

Around 66% of Earth population will live in cities in 2050 while in 1950 was 30%1. This foreseen evolution of human settlement has the challenge of keeping the COP21 agreement adopted in December 2015 in Paris by […]

June 25th, 2018|Popular News|

Tesla powerpacks balance the European grid in REstore’s new virtual power plant

From black to green—an old Belgium coal mining site becomes a hub for energy storage and grid edge innovation.

On the site of an old coal mine in Belgium’s only national park, Centrica Business Solutions’ flexibility provider REstore has launched a 32-megawatt virtual power plant, with a distribution-grid-connected 18.2-megawatt Tesla Powerpack storage system.

The project took six months from inception […]

June 18th, 2018|Popular News|

REPORT: Analysis of EU-wide interoperability standards and data models and harmonisation requirements

The report is focused on analysis of the existing standardisation landscape in the areas of smart grids, demand response, machine-to-machine communication, and interaction between energy market stakeholders to be used to build the HOLISDER framework for Demand Response optimisation.

The selected list includes nine architecture models, information models, ontologies, and communication standards (SGAM, IEC 61970/61968, 61850, 62746, […]

June 13th, 2018|Popular News|

ADE and Renewable UK urge industrials to take-up DSR, government to level playing field

Industry associations Renewable UK and the ADE have urged industrial firms to step up demand-side response provision in order to cut costs and further decarbonise the economy by enabling greater penetration of renewables.

The two have published a report suggesting industrial competitiveness and decarbonisation go hand in hand. They called on government and the System Operator […]

June 11th, 2018|Popular News|