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, France between 27-29 June 2018.

The Contractors’ Meeting on Smart Buildings was held during the conference on the 28 June, which looked at ‘Upgrading building smartness – from perceived potential to management of upgraded buildings’.

Sim4Blocks, alongside Dr-Bob and InteGRIDy, eDREAM presented on ‘Upgrading demand response capability in buildings and districts’. Ursula Eicker from HFT Stuttgart, representing Sim4Blocks, spoke about the new role for a cluster manager which is needed for blocks of buildings, especially when dealing with complex demand response products such as heat pumps with storage.

Eicker stressed that while such cluster management exists for simple technical systems such as electric heaters or batteries, and aggregators already have such clusters in their portfolio, development is needed for an intelligent cluster management system for more complex building technology.

While other projects deal with higher power systems in commercial applications, Sim4Blocks is one of the very few projects that explicitly addresses small power consumers in residential buildings.

Participant discussions centered around demand response technology readiness levels v demand response organizational readiness levels; Is demand response effective with blocks of buildings or energy communities?; Commercial v residential – which upgrade is easier?

Sim4Blocks was also represented by Restore in the session on: From innovation to markets; matching energy markets, technologies and consumers – Buildings and energy markets. After speaking about ‘Unlocking the value of low voltage connected flexibility’, discussions from this session looked at commercial buildings: low-hanging fruit?; Can buildings create value for electricity markets?; Load shifting or absorbing variable renewable electricity?

Find the full Contracts’ Meeting on Smart Buildings agenda here.

Sustainable Places 2019 will be held from 5-7 June 2019 in Cagliari, Italy. Find out more.