Newsletter 1

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Welcome!
It’s been a busy opening few months for the Horizon 2020 funded DELTA project. Our first newsletter will give you an idea of what our project partners have been getting up to and an overview of what DELTA is trying to achieve over the coming months and years.

Project coordinator’s message

Dr Dimitrios Tzovaras, director of the Information Technologies Institute at the Centre for Research and Technology – Hellas based in Greece, oversees DELTA in his role as project coordinator.

“The untapped potential of demand response around Europe is huge, and it will become increasingly important and valuable as Europe continues to see extreme weather conditions as a result of climate change. With DELTA, one of our key goals is to make it easier for aggregators to manage their portfolios of prosumers and consumers. This will allow aggregators to realise the benefits of demand response in small to medium scale settings.

“Europe makes up the world’s third largest electricity market and we need to find innovative ways to ensure our electricity supply is secure, smart, integrated and reliable. Our research will develop a next generation demand response framework for every consumer of electricity, regardless of size and empower them to actively engage in everyday energy transactions by providing aggregators with game changing tools.

“Our consortium has brought together experts from research and industry and based across 8 EU countries. Our vast amount of previous experience and knowledge is what will make DELTA an impactful and future-proof project. I hope this first newsletter will give you an insight into our project, our motivations and goals as well as some of our activity in the opening months of the project”.

What is DELTA?

 

Some of our project partners discuss the specifics behind the DELTA project

Our progress so far

Our project officially kicked off in Thessaloniki on the 7th of May when partners had the chance to come together and discuss face to face how the project would take shape. Since then, our project partners have had 2 subsequent plenary meetings – one in Nicosia and one in London – to update each other on progress, actions and next-steps.

Kick-off meeting in Thessaloniki
Nicosia plenary
London plenary

Much of the progress in these opening months has been concerned with:
  • developing the user and business requirements of the DELTA framework,
  • defining the project’s architectural design,
  • exploring the energy market and regulatory framework,
  • developing the DELTA brand and communication strategy.

Stakeholders have been actively engaged with through questionnaires and discussion workshops to accurately define the user and business requirements. This is helping to understand the technical needs of the DELTA system and how its adoption can address challenges in the existing energy market. Currently we have identified 3 business cases and 4 use cases.

Having the business and use cases is continually helping to define system requirements within DELTA’s architectural design. These are transforming into functional and non-functional requirements which will in turn develop the concrete and interconnected components of the DELTA architecture, including the functionalities, dependencies, construction components and communication requirements.

Set against the development of the DELTA framework is understanding the energy market and the regulations in play relating to demand response around Europe. Significant effort has been made to understand this setting in regards to the countries where DELTA will be tested; the United Kingdom and Cyprus. Selected other countries with both developed and under-developed demand response regulation have been analysed as well.

Creating a DELTA brand which will be recognizable to our stakeholders has been an important part of the project in the opening months. Creating communication material, setting up our online presence and defining our strategy for communicating over the course of the project has been undertaken. All of this is to ensure that our stakeholders remain up to date and informed about the project.

While the above areas have been the main focus in regards to our deliverables, plenty of work has been done in other areas of the project. The DELTA ontology network, analyzing current and future demand response strategies and beginning to look at how blockchain will drive the system have all been investigated, discussed and improved.

Events

DELTA has been busy attending multiple events around Europe in the second half of 2018. One of the highlights was our attendance at European Utility Week, 2018 in Vienna. DELTA was one of only 24 EU funded projects to display their ideas and progress in the EU Projects Zone in early November. The project was a success at the event, with plenty of visitors to the stand and some media attention! Check out our interview with Smart Energy TV here. We also had the chance to present DELTA to a crowd of interested stakeholders, outlining our objectives and some of the key technical innovations behind the project.

DELTA at European Utility Week 2018

At the end of November DELTA and eDREAM, another H2020 funded project, joined forces to form a workshop for both projects’ key stakeholders. The workshop, which took place in London, was a chance to present the project objectives and motivations as well as provide stakeholders the opportunity to engage in an open discussion session with project members on the issues which mattered to them the most. It is hoped that this type of workshop will become a regular occurrence, make sure to follow DELTA on Twitter for updates – @delta_eu.

CERTH, in their role as project coordinator, has also attended a number of events to showcase DELTA in these early months. Projects members from CERTH have presented the DELTA core concept at:

  • 2018 International Conference on Innovations in Intelligent Systems and Applications in Thessaloniki, July
  • European Networking Workshop on Energy Systems in Rome, July
  • Low TRL Smart Grids and Storage Meetings Project Clustering in Belgium, October
  • IMSB, LINKS Foundation and Fraunhoffer Institute Innovation and Networking Days 2018 in Torino, November

DELTA at IMSB/LINKS Foundation/Fraunhoffer Institute Innovation and Networking Days
DELTA at the International Conference on Innovations in Intelligent Systems and Applications

What’s to come

2019 is shaping up to be a busy and productive year for the project. With two important technical deliverables in January we will be starting the year with a clear path of what will need to be achieved to maintain our progress. Our January deliverables are concerned with business scenarios and use cases and demand response strategies and mechanisms for the DELTA framework. These will provide a basis for how the DELTA framework becomes a reality, leading up to the prototype design of the DELTA fog-enabled intelligent device – the physical device which will be present in homes and businesses and funnel vital energy consumption data to the DELTA virtual nodes.

With all of the partner research up until now and continuing into the future you can expect to see and hear more from DELTA at events and presentation around Europe. Showcasing our progress as well as engaging in two-way communication with our stakeholders is high on our 2019 agenda as we look to build what will be a game-changing framework for energy markets.

Project Partners

Representing leading research institutions and successful SMEs, the DELTA project partners hail from Greece, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Spain and Norway. Find out some more about their expertise below.

Based in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki, the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) is one of the largest Greek research centers with expertise in energy, environment, information and communication and transportation and sustainable mobility. More than 700 people work at CERTH and the center has participated in over 1,200 competitive research projects.
Based the Austrian capital of Vienna, e7 is a research and consulting organization with expertise in energy economics and energy efficient construction, renovation and services. The company has over 10 years of experience in implementing large-scale projects and programs at both national and international level.
The Energy Authority of Cyprus (EAC) is the incumbent Cypriot power utility and currently the only power supplier in Cyprus. Based in Nicosia the EAC employs over 2,000 people, with roughly 200 being expert scientists and engineers focusing on the operation, maintenance and development of the power system.
The second of our Nicosia based partners, Hypertech Innovations (HIT) is a software firm providing expert services in big data, business intelligence and business process modelling. They offer their services to consumer and business solutions, public agencies and utilities and energy service solutions.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) carries out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. In particular Directorate C for energy, transport and climate provides support to community policies and technology innovation to ensure sustainable, safe, secure and efficient energy production, distribution and use.
KiWi Power, based in London, offers demand response services to the United Kingdom’s national gird. KiWi signs up end-users, conducts site energy audits, installs real-time metering and manages all dispatch of end-user sites to provide reserve to the system operator.
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s largest university. NTNU provides DELTA with expertise in critical infrastructure security, software development, crypto mechanisms and blockchain technology through the Department of Information, Security and Communication Technology.
The University of Cyprus (UCY) provides expertise to DELTA through its FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy. The center has a huge amount of experience in areas including smart electricity networks, energy efficient buildings and enabling technologies. Members of FOSS represent Cyprus in European energy committees including the energy committee for Horizon 2020.
Spain’s largest technological university, the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is home to more than 2,400 researchers across 216 research groups. The Ontology Engineering Group will work on the DELTA project and draw from its recognized expertise in ontological engineering, data integration, linked open data and semantic web.
Carr Communications is one of Ireland’s leading providers of dissemination, communication, exploitation, training and consultancy. With over 30 employees, Carr Communications has more than 40 years’ experience in providing public relations and dissemination services, management, business, careers, human resources and media training.

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