Special Sessions:



Filipe Soares, Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto (INESC TEC Porto), Portugal




The foreseen deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), together with advanced building automation technologies, promises to turn passive consumers into active prosumers. These new resources include Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS), stationary storage, Electric Vehicles (EV), photovoltaic (PV) systems, etc., and they are expected to be equipped with sensors that will enable remote monitoring and control functionalities.

These technologies can render great benefits to the power systems by increasing the flexibility of the available resources. Demand flexibility in particular is widely acknowledged as a solution to increase the integration of renewable energy sources, improve the operation of transmission and distribution networks, and enhance the economic effectiveness of electricity markets.



André Madureira (INESC TEC) – “Exploiting flexibility in distribution networks reinforcement planning“



Pierluigi Mancarella (University of Melbourne / University of Manchester) – “Flexibility in multi-energy systems”



Aydogan Ozdemir (Istanbul Technical University) – “Gamification approaches to increase end users’ flexibility”



Carlos Moreira (INESC TEC) – “DER control in autonomous power systems”



Miguel Castilla (BarcelonaTech) – “Power electronic developments for future grid services”



ETRA I+D, E, ETRA Investigacion y Desarrollo, Spain




The special session will present most recent results from the H2020 project CROSSBOW – CROSS BOrder management of variable renewable energies and storage units enabling a transnational Wholesale market


CROSSBOW – “CROSS BOrder management of variable renewable energies and storage units enabling a transnational Wholesale market“


CROSSBOW is a TSO driven project with two interrelated and equally important strategic goals: on the one hand, it aims at the successful deployment in the market, within a 24 months horizon after project completion, of a set of technological solutions which enable increasing the shared use of resources to foster transmission networks cross-border management of variable renewable energies and storage units, making possible a higher penetration of clean energies whilst reducing network operational costs and improving economic benefits of RES and storage units.




Hrvoje Keko, Končar KET Ltd. – “Script-based rapid prototyping framework for SCADA environments”





Matej Krpan, University of Zagreb – “Grid frequency support from converter-connected generation”





Igor Kuzle, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia




The special session will present most recent results from the national project funded by the Croatian Science Foundation.




WINDLIPS – “WIND energy integration in Low Inertia Power System“





SIREN – “Smart Integration of RENewables”




FENISG – “ Flexible Energy Nodes In Low Carbon Smart Grid”







Andrej Gubina, Head of Laboratory of Energy Policy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia




With the development of our society, we are experiencing increase of electricity demand. The renewable energy sources production times dont allways match with intervals with high energy demand. Improved energy storage solutions are needed to (localy) store surpluses of energy and utilise it when its most beneficial.

Challenge, pursued in project STORY, is to demonstrate and evaluate innovative approaches for thermal and electrical energy storage systems. Affordable and reliable solutions will lead to an increased electricity self-supply and self sufficiency levels in the network. STORY is H2020 european project, which consists of eight demonstration cases, each with different local/small-scale storage concepts and technologies, covering industrial and residential environments. These demonstrations feed into a large-scale impact assessment, with the central question:

“What could be the added value of storage in the electricity distribution grid?“

The STORY team will present applied state-of-the-art storage and ICT technologies, which are demonstrated on a number of field trial sites. Measured data from the field trials is used to evaluate Key Performance Indicators and to calibrate the simulation models of the small-scale storage technologies. Using simulation models, we are analysing the large-scale rollout of these storage technologies and evaluate the impact of large storage penetration. Additionally various business model archetypes are going to be established, together with identification of required policy and regulatory frameworks support.

Based on the Key Performance indicators and innovative business model income, we evaluate the contribution of the storage to the stable, economic, efficient and ever developing distribution networks.



The exact speakers list will be announced in mid October.





FLEXCoop, Demand response tools & new business models for energy cooperatives




FLEXCoop aims at introducing a complete automated Demand Response framework and tool suite for residential electricity consumers.

The FLEXCoop Project equips energy cooperatives with innovative tools to exploit consumers’ flexibility providing balancing and ancillary resources toward grid stability and alleviation of network constraints. FLEXCoop brings together a range of baseline technologies to build an open and interoperable Demand Response optimisation framework. This framework will enable energy cooperatives to explore demand response business models and take the role of aggregators. The pilot participants are members of two energy cooperatives located in the Netherlands and in Spain.

The research in FLEXCoop focuses on the development of an open and interoperable end-to-end automated Demand-Response (DR) optimization framework. FLEXCoop includes a fully-fledged tool suite for energy cooperatives (aggregators) and prosumers involved in the Demand Response value chain, ensuring:

⇒ End-to-end interoperability between energy networks, energy management systems and devices,

⇒ Realisation of new business models for energy cooperatives, valorizing the resources of energy consumers to complement their own resources, or to provide services to the grid,

⇒ Residential energy consumers’ empowerment and transformation into active market players of the energy transition.

FLEXCoop is a project co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 – LCE-2016-2017 – Competitive Low-Carbon Energy Programme under Grant Agreement No. 773909.



ETRA I+D, ETRA Investigacion y Desarrollo, Spain


Global Demand Manager Tool

The FLEXCoop project results will enable accurate definition of holistic and context-aware flexibility profiles of individual prosumers and elevate them at the aggregator level towards the design and deployment of highly effective demand response strategies. The Global Demand Manager (GDEM) is the suite of tools for aggregators (energy cooperatives) which will continuously analyse prosumer flexibility to enable optimized decision-making about the optimal configuration of demand-based dynamic Virtual Power Plants (VPPs). The purpose is to timely respond and provide the required flexibility to support the operational stability and resiliency of both cooperative microgrids and overlay distribution grids, enabling the transformation of cooperative microgrids into active balancing and ancillary assets. The GDEM will be responsible for dispatching appropriate fully automated control signals (Direct Load Control on the basis of standardized Service Level Agreements) to Local Demand Managers (following an agent-based approach) so as to utilize their flexibility, following a bilateral negotiation process that considers real-time contextual information along with established contractual terms.  This will establish a non-intrusive interaction framework between prosumers and aggregators and avoid any kind of (undesired) penalization for both sides, since the negotiation process will be fully transparent and will respect established contractual relationships between the two sides, while ensuring minimization of control strategies’ overriding following a prioritization process based on dynamically updated prosumer profiles, response rates and contractual clauses.


HYPERTECH Energy labs, Greece


Context Driven Demand Flexibility Profiling Framework

The FLEXCoop project introduces a different route to improve load forecasting accuracy and the reliability of aggregator bids in energy markets. A better understanding of energy & comfort behaviour provides deep, context-aware and personalised information about how occupants use building amenities. In addition, a context-aware holistic demand flexibility forecasting framework fuse together the personalised behaviour/comfort profiles into an accurate forecast for the demand flexibility of the entire building to encapsulate in a holistic approach all the relevant aspects (building characteristics, occupant behaviour, seasonal & weather patterns, device operational characteristics).


KONCAR Power Plant and Electric Traction Engineering, Croatia


Standards Compliance and Standardization as a Key Building Block for the Results Viability

The standardization role in FLEXCoop is twofold: standards are relevant for the inputs to the project tools and for the exploitation of the project results. Considering the design of the tools and the tools’ input, this is ensured by enforcing the compliance with the standards utilized in the field. In order to ensure the viability of project results, a key characteristic is the replicability of the tools so these can be utilized in other contexts beyond the project living lab sites. For the standards being established such as IEC 62746, the knowledge acquired during the project is fed back towards standardization. This ensures that the project results contribute back to the future standards and ensures project results replicability. This talk will cover the FLEXCoop compliance with the existing and upcoming standards, with a specific accent on the IEC 62939 and IEC 62746, as well as upstream CIM-based standards and downstream standards such as SAREF and oneM2M.



inteGRIDy, Integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization Storage Technologies




InteGRIDy, integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization & Storage Technologies

H2020 Grant Agreement Number: 731268

InteGRIDy aims to integrate cutting-edge technologies, solutions and mechanisms in a scalable Cross-Functional Platform of replicable solutions to connect existing energy networks with diverse stakeholders with enhanced observability of both generation and consumption profiles which will facilitate the optimal and dynamic operation of the Distribution Grid, fostering grid stability and coordinating Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) and collaborative Storage schemes within a continuously increased share of Renewable Energy (RES).

The most relevant innovations include the:

 ⇒ Integration of existing automation systems and intelligent meter reading with intelligent IoT infrastructure

 ⇒ Development of modeling mechanisms oriented to the management of network topology, the introduction of real-time response models and to perform battery recharging profiles.

 ⇒ Incorporation of predictive algorithms to manage energy generation and demand in real time

 ⇒ Powerful visual analysis applications and dynamic simulations will allow pilots to make predictions and make optimal decisions on the resources to be used.

The 10 pilots that will take place in 8 European Union countries (Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, UK, Greece, Cyprus and Romania). The pilot site in St Jean de Maurienne, FR will integrate inteGRIDy innovations employed with real customers on its energy network and tested on field.



TREK development, Greece

Sotiris Tsakanikas, MSc
Project Manager


Innovative user profiling framework

Within the framework of InteGRIDy, TREK is developing an innovative user profiling framework which utilizes real-time energy demand data and ambient information in order to define dynamic consumer flexibility profiles and optimize the demand response potential of individual consumers and (subsequently) aggregated clusters of them. These demand flexibility models allow for the quantification, in real time, of the discomfort caused by the reduction or shifting of specific loads. This is translated into dynamic demand flexibility functions that feed demand side control and optimization strategies. By quantifying the discomfort levels of customers, we enable the identification of personalized Value of Lost Load (VLL) models, which eventually are transformed into local and global Demand Flexibility models. These models can further enable the delivery of robust short term forecasting of demand flexibility along with quantification of the cost of demand reduction or shifting, promoting that way the implementation of successful DR campaigns.

Moreover, a novel Visual Analytics framework (interface for Utilities and Aggregators) will allow for the multi-criteria clustering of the demand side, considering not only consumption information but, also, additional information (geographic, demographic, along with behavioral ones under various conditions), thus allowing for accurate and optimized segmentation of the demand side. This is a data analytics platform with enriched visualization to facilitate the business stakeholders (especially DR Aggregators) in portfolio management.

SOREA Energies & Communications, France

Sylvain Berlioz

R&D engineer


Improvements of grid stability

SOREA aims at improving the grid stability on the basis of technologies and knowledge shared and applied within the inteGRIDy consortium. In order to get an increasing efficiency of the electrical balance, taking also in to account the high seasonality of the consumption in the Maurienne Valley, the knowledge and experience to be generated in the context of inteGRIDy may contribute significantly in the better exploitation of the Renewable Energy Sources on the grid and the selection of innovative business models, in line with our activity. SOREA will lead the deployment of the solutions developed in the inteGRIDy project, with special focus on the specific business objectives and needs as defined at the very early beginning of the project. As a DSO, SOREA will make use of the inteGRIDy technologies to perform a suitable demonstration which will give the line to follow for future large scale developments to be implemented on the grid.



Ioannis Vlachos, PhD, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece




The increased application of blockchains, and distributed ledger technology in general, in diverse technology sectors and market segments nowadays renders a new and very promising research and commercial field that brings the energy community closer to the target of a decentralized, digitalized, decarbonized, and democratized energy future.

The purpose of this Special Session is to bring together researchers and practitioners working in the crossroads of energy and blockchains and to serve as a common place for exchanging ideas and lessons learnt from the application of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The topics of this Special Session can include, but not limited to:

  •  ⇒ energy markets,
  •  ⇒ peer-to-peer energy trading,
  •  ⇒ energy communities,
  •  ⇒ demand response,
  •  ⇒ virtual power plants, and
  •  ⇒ microgrids.


Iasonas Kouveliotis -Lysikatos (NTUA) – “Supporting decentralized electricity markets with blockchain technology”




Ioannis Vlachos (NTUA)– “An overview of use cases for blockchain technology in the energy sector“




The exact speakers list will be announced in mid October.