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Newsletter 5

  • Posted by: Dawn Lonergan
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Empowering energy prosumers through
intelligent demand response

Welcome to the fifth issue of the DELTA newsletter.

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

We are now on month thirty-four of this three-year project. We are delighted to share some of our recent highlights.

In this issue, we will be highlighting our:

  • Webinar
  • Involvement in recent events  
  • Publications  
  • Videos
  • Public deliverables

Don’t forget to to check out our website, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

DELTA is a three-year project funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Check out the recording from the latest DELTA webinar entitled: “Demand Response in the EU Market Perspectives and Business Opportunities”.

DELTA’s 7th Plenary Meeting

DELTA’s 7th plenary meeting took place on 16th December, 2020. This was a virtual event.

Partners tuned from all over Europe, including: Ireland, Austria, Greece, Spain, the UK, and Cyprus.

Partners discussed many areas, including: demand response, the DELTA pilots, and the recent DELTA webinar.

Read more here:


On 15th December, CERTH and UPM presented at Open ADR Alliance in Europe webinar. 

The agenda was as follows:

15:00 U.S. – Introduction to OpenADR; the evolving DR and DER Landscape in North America

Rolf Bienert, Managing Director, OpenADR Alliance

15:15 U.K. PAS 1878; Energy Smart Appliances for DSR

Nina Klein, U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

15:30 Project ELBE: Sustainable EV Charging in Germany

Annika Magdowski, Stromnetz-Hamburg

15:45 Semantic interoperability for DR through the H2020 DELTA project

Apostolos Tsolakis, Project Manager, CERTH and  Alba Fernández Izquierdo, Researcher, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

16:00 Q&A and Discussants

Tina Zierul, Chargepoint

Don Dulchinos, OpenADR Alliance


E7 and CERTH wrote a paper called “Business models for demand response related to small- and medium-sized prosumers – new stakeholders and the role of DSOs” for the CIRED 2020 conference. This conference took place online from 22-23 September 2020.

Guntram Pressmair of e7 presented that paper.

You can view that paper here.

You can view the poster here.


CERTH wrote a paper entitled “‘Dynamic Multi-agent OpenADR Virtual Nodes for Distributed Demand Response Schemes’” for the SpliTech 2020 conference. This conference took place online from 23-26 September 2020.

Christos Patsonakis of CERTH presented at this event.


Other events

  • DELTA participated in shared activies of the H2020 Low TRL Smart Grids and Storage Projects clustering from 3-4 December 2020.
  • DELTA are planning to participate in an upcoming BRIDGE initiative for the Smarter E-exhibition, running from 8-11 June 2021.

Recent DELTA publications

Title: Price Forecasting for the Balancing Energy Market Using Machine-Learning Regression
Authors: Alexandre Lucas,Konstantinos Pegios, Evangelos Kotsakis, and Dan Clarke 
Journal: Energies (MDPI publisher), 16 October 2020, Online


Title: Business models for demand response related to small- and medium-sized prosumers – new stakeholders and the role of DSOs
Authors: Guntram Pressmair, Klemens Leutgöb, Christof Amann, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Dimosthenis Ioannidis
Conference: CIRED 2020, 22-23 September 2020, Online

Title:Semantic Interoperability for DR Schemes: Employing the SGAM Framework
Authors: Andrea Cimmino, Nikoleta Andreadou, Alba Fernandez-Izquierdo, Christos Patsonakis, Apostolos C. Tsolakis, Alexandre Lucas, Dimosthenis Ioannidis, Evangelos Kotsakis, Dimitrios Tzovaras, and Raul Garcıa-Castro
Conference: SEST 2020, 7-9 September 2020, Online


Title: OpenADR Ontology: Semantic Enrichment of
Demand Response Strategies in Smart Grids
Authors:Alba Fernandez-Izquierdo,  Andrea Cimmino, Christos Patsonakis, Apostolos C. Tsolakis, Raul Garcıa-Castro, Dimosthenis Ioannidis and Dimitrios Tzovaras.
Conference: SEST 2020, 7-9 September 2020, Online


Upcoming publications


  • Demand Flexibility Estimation Based on Habitual Behaviour and Motif Detection (ICPR2020 conference)

All DELTA publications can be accessed through our website here:

We now have 15 videos on the DELTA YouTube channel. Two of our most recent videos are below.

This is a video about DELTA’s Fog-enabled Intelligent Device (FEID). The final FEID has been ordered and is being prepared for the DELTA pilots.

Presentation given by Dr Apostolos Tsolakis of CERTH at Sustainable Places 2020

We now have 33 public deliverables on the DELTA website.

They include:

D1.1.: Delta Requirements, Business Scenarios and Use Cases 
D2.3: DELTA Business Models
D3.1: DELTA Virtual Node Platofrm Architecture Design
D7.5: LCA and LCC Analysis for DELTA Solutions and Use Cases

You can view all of the public deliverables here.


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 our 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 grid. 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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