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DREAM project closing event shall be held in Strasbourg on November 30th, 2016

24 October 2016

Open to public and free, the DREAM project closing event shall be held in Strasbourg, France. for Companies, practitioners and researchers involved in Smart Grids. For all information visit the event page: DREAM PROJECT CLOSING EVENT.

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DREAM Project at European Utility Week in Barcelona

30 September 2016

DREAM project will be participating in a joint presentation session with twin projects evolvDSO, IDE4L and INCREASE, hosted by EDSO for Smart Grids at the European Utility week in Barcelona, Spain on November 17. Session title is “Innovation in Grids: Active Network Management, from Concept to Reality” For more information go to the event.

DREAM participation to the Summer School of the INCREASE project in Ljubljana

14 June 2016

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The DREAM project Coordinator, Prof. Raphael Caire, gave a lecture at the summer school of the partnering project INCREASE.

Held at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering during the period of May 22nd - 27th 2016, the school was entitled "The Value of Flexible Energy".

DREAM project presenting progress & result at InnoGrid2020+

23 February 2016

DREAM Project has been invited to the next InnoGrid2020+ Conference in Brussels on Digital Energy. The project will have three people attending and will be present at the exhibition stand for a poster based presentation.

The 5th edition of InnoGrid2020+ is scheduled to take place over 22 March (afternoon) and 23 March (full day) at the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels.

This year's conference will focus on "Digital Energy". It will address the innovation paradigm behind the distribution and transmission interface and will also take stock of on-going R&D projects. Finally, it will address the question of how regulation could facilitate innovation in the new power system. Beyond engaging presentations, panel sessions and debates, InnoGrid2020+ will run a poster and exhibition session, enabling participants to interact and share knowledge and best practices.

DREAM participation to the fourth workshop of the DISCERN project

4 February 2016

The fourth workshop of the DISCERN project was held in Brussels on 28th January 2016.

The event was dedicated to Key Performance Indicators, aiming at discussing the findings and experiences (positive and negative) of using a KPI based approach for project evaluation with several Smart Grids initiatives.

The Dream project had the participation of Mr Juan Luis Garrote from TELVENT / Schneider Electric, and Ms Rieke Baerenfaenger from the University of St. Gallen.

The presentation given by Juan Luis Garrote can be downloaded in pdf format from the download page in the DREAM web site.

DREAM Winter School in Grenoble INP – Ense3 (Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble)

1 October 2015

The Winter school at Grenoble INP – Ense3 (Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble) will address the subject of distributed intelligence for Smart Grids (general presentation here).

The event will be coordinated by the Scientific Coordinator of the DREAM project, Prof. Raphael Caire, and will be held from 14th to 17th of December 2015 in Grenoble.

The School will have as keynote speakers several well known researchers from the DREAM project and from the twins projects (evolvDSO, IDE4L and INCREASE) selected in the same EU call as a key research institute of knowledge and interest, such as the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

A special agreement was reached to have a large participation of students from the KIC Innoenergy (Smart Cities and SENSE). These students will participate to EU level discussion after the major courses and will then attend a creativity course in relation with what they learn. PhD student from Université Grenoble Alpes will as well attend the distributed intelligence courses.

150 participants. Location: new ENSE3 building, 21 rue des Martyrs in Grenoble.

Preliminary Programme

  • Monday 14th
    • Morning
      • 09:30 - 10:00 Introduction by R. Caire & Maud Damperat
      • 10:15 - 12:15 Agent based coordination for Smart Grid and Microgrid part I (Nikos Hatziargyriou - HEDNO)
    • Afternoon
      • 13:45 - 15:15 Agent based coordination for Smart Grid and Microgrid part II (Iasonas Kouveliotis-Lysikatos & Despina Koukoula - ICCS)
      • 15:30 - 17:00 Agent based coordination for market issues (René Kamphuis - TNO)
  • Tuesday 15th
    • Morning
      • 09:30 - 10:30 UPC work about agent based control (Andreas Sumper - UPC)
      • 10:30 - 11:15 INCREASE Agent Based control view (Grigoris Papagiannis - University of Thessaloniki & Andrej Gubina - University of Ljubljana)
      • 11:30 - 12:15 IDEAL Congestion management at distribution network (Zaid Al-Jassim - Dansk Energy)
    • Afternoon
      • 13:45 - 14:30 evolvDSO LV state estimator and voltage control (Ricardo Bessa or Pedro - INESC Porto)
      • 14:30 - 15:15 DREAM Agent based control view by (Raphael Caire – Grenoble INP & René Kamphuis - TNO)
      • 15:30 - 17:30 Discussions about Agent based coordination in DSO evolving operational systems
  • Wednesday 16th
    • Morning
      • Students session (only Master students)
        • 09:00 - 12:15 Creativity session about distributed control - basics and tools + problem statement
      • Special Session for collaborating projects
        • 09:00 - 10:30 Market approach
        • 10:45 - 11:45 Final discussion
    • Afternoon (only Master students)
      • 13:45 - 17:30 Creativity session about distributed control - intermediate session
  • Thursday 17th
    • Morning (only Master students)
      • 09:00 - 12:15 Creativity session about distributed control - final session per group
    • Afternoon (only Master students)
      • 13:45 - 17:30 Creativity session about distributed control - Pitch

DREAM Newsletter

10 June 2015

This is the first issue of the newsletter published by the DREAM Project, launched in 2013 and financed by the European Commission within the 7th Frame Programme of Research and technological Development.

This release occurs at half way of the project, and offers to the readers several tangible results and a number of articles and publications on the scientific achievements by the project.

With a sixmonthly periodicity, the newsletter is planned on 4 issues until the end of the project; it is made available through the project web site at page http://www.dream-smartgrid.eu/downloads/#newsletters and transmitted by email to the subscribers.

Mid-term progress meeting in Groningen

12 March 2015

Hosted by DNV GL, the mid-term progress meeting was held in Groningen (NL) on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2015, at end of the 18th Month of the project.

The meeting included and Advisory Board event, and was focused on the assessment of the progress of activities in view of the formal review to be undertaken during next June.

The first day was devoted to the discussion of the progress of individual Work Packages, based on the presentation by the leaders, and to the assessment and agreement on the best approach to frame and present project achievements at mid-term.

For each Work Package, the presentation and the joint discussion was therefore also oriented to ensure that the overall project framework would emerge clear for people who are outside the project team, and that the relationships among the work packages would be properly highlighted.

Specific attention was devoted to the most recent formulation of project test cases in real life conditions, which are representative of various complementary scenarios and can actually ensure the correct assessment of the methods and tools made available by work packages 2, 3, 4 and 5 (see description of project at http://www.dream-smartgrid.eu/project/).

The second day was dedicated to the discussion of project status and progress with the members of the DREAM Advisory Board, further enriched through the involvement of Ms Ana Aguado from EDSO for Smart Grids, Mr Zaid Al-Jassim from Dansk Energi, Professor Geert Deconinck from the University of Leuven (B) and Mr Jaime Andres Rodrigues Perez from ENEL.

The Advisory Board provided very useful criticism and suggestions on the best approach to highlight the peculiar DREAM approach and its advantages, while providing a thorough view of main achievements to-date. The Board formulated also specific recommendations to increase the actual impact of project on the smart grids stakeholders.

Next progress meeting will be hosted by IML Fraunhofer on the 28th and 29th of May in Dortmund, two weeks before the formal review of project in Brussels on June 11th.

Mid-term meeting of FP7 SMARTCITIES ENERGY 7.1.1 co-operating projects in Aachen, Germany

27 November 2014

The mid-term meeting for the collaboration among projects selected under the 2013-7.1.1 Call on ENERGY topic in FP7 SMARTCITIES will be hosted by the IDE4L project, and will be hold on Thursday 19th of March 2015, in RWTH, Aachen, Germany.

For more information visit our page Collaboration with complementary Research and Innovation initiatives.

DREAM Quarterly project progress meeting in Sevilla

24 October 2014

The fourth quarterly progress meeting for the DREAM project was held at the premises of Telvent – Schneider Electric on September 29th -30th in the beautiful Spanish city of Sevilla.

The meeting was held at end of fist project year, corresponding to the formal start of the activities devoted to trial, validation and demonstration of results from research in five different sites and scenarios, from network emulation environments to groups of home consumers, to whole distribution grids.

Work progress for scientific and technological activities proved to be at full satisfaction of the project Scientific and Technical Board, and a consolidated scope and plan for actual test implementation is expected to be available by next quarterly meeting in Grenoble during December 2014.

At the end of the meeting, there was the opportunity for a group of partners (see picture) to visit the SOLUCAR solar complex, the largest in Europe with current production of 183 MW from the operation of thermal and photovoltaic installations.

For more information on the characteristics of the complex, please refer to the web site of the owner company ABENGOA SOLAR.