SIT4Energy 2nd Plenary Meeting, held on the 14th of June, 2019 online, brought together the consortium aiming at presenting and organizing the pilots’ first functional versions. The members presented their first stages of development procedures and described their near future project specification requirements along with first versions of application mock ups. The discussions focused on the presentation and organization of the work packages 2 and 3 and the developments in each of the pilot scenarios, starting from the test-bed in Thessaloniki (Greece), the households in Hassfurt (Germany) and the university in Athens (Greece).
Aiming at raising awareness and empowerment of current German-Greek research and innovation collaboration a two-day workshop on Knowledge and Technology Transfer has been organised by the Research and Innovation Sector of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology on 11-13 June 2019 at the National Centre for Scientific Research DEMOKRITOS.
The participants, coming from more than 20 different German-Greek bilateral projects, had the opportunity to gain practical experience and hone their skills with regard to the transfer of knowledge and technology. SIT4Energy project, as part of the German-Greek bilateral collaboration, has been represented by SIT4Energy Greek (ITML, CERTH) and German (SHF) partners. The whole idea of the event was to generate an interactive channel of communication evolving both technical and go-to-market aspects by entailing an exchange of knowledge and ideas related to Greek-German Research and innovation as well as the commercialisation and application of the obtained R&D results.
An audio report about the workshop and an interview that was emitted in Deutschlandfunk can be found in this link (16th of June 2019, 22:51)
The “Modelling the end-users’ needs” workshop was held at ITML’s premises in Athens (Greece) on 21/12/2018. The event was aiming to get the first insights in the design of a Mobile app for energy end-users which are academy staff from HUA campus (Athens) named as target group 3 in the frame of the SIT4Energy Project. Around 10 academic representatives from HUA campus were attending the event. The main objective of the event was to present the participants the initial mock-up of mobile app to be deployed in the HUA campus and to get feedback from them as the potential end-users. The event has started by briefly presenting the SIT4Energy Project (the scope, objectives and expected outcome) and followed by illustrating the important insights as an outcome of SIT4Energy survey already accomplished on M6. After that the initial mock-ups of the mobile app. were demonstrated to the attendees. The participants had the opportunity to gather and exchange their ideas during the presentation as it was integrated by short intervals by letting them to express their ideas or comments, to generate feedback and to make notes. The event was very productive as the participants realised that the tool can help to monitor, analyse and keep track of their energy consumption and costs in real-time, by helping to uncover many hidden energy savings opportunities. The overall idea of mobile app was accepted by the participant as a suitable and easy applicable tool giving a complete control on energy consumption.
In January 2019 two workshops were held at the headquarters of the German utility company Stadtwerk Haßfurt GmbH. The overall goal was to get the first insights in the design of a Smart Energy Management Dashboard (SEMD) for utility companies and energy Prosumers. Whereas the first workshop attended the utility and its employees, working on energy planning, and the second one customers, who already are sensible to the production/storage of renewable energy in their homes. These customers were so called Prosumers, that do already have installed energy producing plants at home (e.g. Photovoltaics, micro-CHP or even battery storage).
The utilityworkshop was attended by four employees of the partner SHF, who are integrated in the process of energy analysis and planning of the electrical grid in Haßfurt. In the beginning, the SIT4Energy project with its scope, the objectives and the expected and already available results were presented to the participants. After that, initial mock-ups of the SEMD were shown. In-between the presentation the participants had the opportunity to give feedback and note their thoughts. The regional company has no tool to plan energy demand and production, yet. This is done by hand since a long time and needs quite much of experience to interpret the conditions for the upcoming days. Summing results of the discussions up, a tool to visualize and intelligently analyse the energy production, consumption and storage capacity in the various grid sections is very welcome and useful for the company. Thus, the various visualization of data should be simplified in the overview and can be detailed by the user itself on specific demands. The tool could help very well to get a better understanding of the processes in the grid and may uncover hidden strategies to optimize the energy flow in the own grid.
After that, the Prosumer customers of SHF arrived at the location and the setup for the follow-up workshop was prepared by the moderators of HOST/SHF. Six participants attended the workshop and were informed about the SIT4Energy project in the first step. An initial introduction of the Prosumers and their handling of energy production/consumption/storage at home was followed by the presentation of initial mock-ups of the Smart Energy Management Dashboard for Prosumer end-users. During that, the participants had the opportunity to give feedback and note their thoughts, as well as in the preceding workshop. It was quickly clear, that the attending customers already use various third party and self-made calculation tools to analyse their energy flow and costs. It also appeared, that the main driver for installing renewable distributed energy sources is still the economy. Of second interest the reduction of greenhouse gases is often mentioned. Of big importance was the usability of the dashboard, meaning an easy overview after logging in and giving the opportunity to get more details on demand. Furthermore, the comparison of own production units’ performance to similar units in the region was a main point of discussion to watch the operating point regarding predictive maintenance. Concluding, the event was very productive as the participants realised, that the tool can help to monitor, analyse and keep track of their energy demand/production/storage and in relation to costs in real-time, by helping to uncover many hidden energy savings opportunities, even to customers, not familiar with enhanced energy management, yet. The overall idea of SEMD was accepted by the participants as a suitable and easy applicable energy management tool with full extent.
The workshop was held in Haßfurt. There were 40 citizens as guest in total. The Project was presented by Haßfurt’s general manager and contact details to sign up for the workshop and the project overall were given to the participants. Also, the collaboration with the “university of applied sciences Amberg-Weiden” was announced , making Haßfurt to a real world test laboratory for energy appliances.
SIT4Energy 1st Plenary Meeting, held on the 15th and 16th of October, 2018, brought together the consortium and successfully set the requirements for shifting up gears. The meeting was organized in the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) headquarters in Thessaloniki, Greece. The discussions focused on the presentation and organization of the work packages and the deployments in each of the pilot scenarios, starting from the test-bed in Thessaloniki (Greece), the households in Hassfurt (Germany) and the university in Athens (Greece).
To better address the needs of the SIT4Energy solutions and extract the end-users requirements, ITML and the SIT4Energy consortium have prepared questionnaires targeting different groups of stakeholders. These questionnaires are the result of T1.1 Market research design through activities that aim to identify the needs of main market actors and stakeholders for the SIT4Energy ecosystem. For more information and for participating in our survey, click here ( go to the Questionnaires Section).
Stadtwerk Haßfurt GmbH, founded in 1955, is the municipal multi-utility supplying company of the administrative district of Haßfurt, providing electric energy, water, gas and heating to more than 9.500 households, companies and public buildings. SHF is leading the German pilot in the project as well as WP2 Specification of Business Pilar.
Mr. Felix Zosch
The University of Applied Sciences Stralsund shows its unmistakable profile in the areas of computer science, technology, tourism and business. It offers practice-oriented teaching and research geared to interdisciplinarity, social relevance and occupational relevance. HOST is leading WP1 Consumer Requirements Analysis.
Prof. Dr. Jasminko Novak