Real proven solutions to enable active demand and distributed generation flexible integration, through a fully controllable LOW Voltage and medium voltage distribution grid

UPGRID project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646.531

Project

The UPGRID project started in the beginning of 2015 under the H2020 program and is being developed by a European consortium, composed of 19 partners from 7 European countries: Spain, Portugal, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, France and Norway.

The project includes 4 demonstrators that are being deployed from April 2015 to June 2017 at Bilbao area in the North of Spain, Parque das Nações in Lisbon (Portugal), Åmål in Dalsland in the South of Sweden, and Gdynia in Pomeranian Region (Poland).

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Demonstrations

Deliverables

Budget (M€)

Project Information

Call H2020-LCE-2014-3
Topic LCE-2014: Distribution grid and retail market
Type of action Innovation Actions (IA-2)
Coordinator Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica, S.A.U.
Partners 19 Partners · 7 European Countries
Project budget 15,7 M€ · 11,9 M€ funded
Execution Period 01/01/2015 – 31/12/2017

Objectives

The project will develop and validate solutions to enable the implementation of advanced functionalities over existing technology, to form a truly integrated intelligent system.

With this project, an improvement of the monitoring and controlability of low voltage (LV) and medium voltage (MV) grids is expected, as a way to anticipate technical problems associated with large scale integration of DER (Distributed Energy Resources), bringing also end users closer to system operation and planning.

Expected Results

Observability and control of LV grid

  • Achieve sound LV network representation
  • Functional specification of LV dispatch
  • Deployment of tools to support LV operation of field crews
  • Improvement in Operations and Maintenance of LV grid
  • Improvement of QoS to customers

Enhance the role of DSOs to facilitate and open market for services

  • Evaluation of incentive and market framework in demo regions
  • Identification of investment alternatives for UPGRID innovative concepts
  • Assessment of optimal business models for market participants

Extensive use of AMI Infrastructure

  • Integration and processing of meter events in the OMS (Outage Management System)
  • Deployment of Multiservice PRIME subnetwork
  • Development of LV grid remote control operation over Smart Metering PRIME infrastructure

Participation of customers, distributed generation and energy storage in network management

  • Improvement of customer capacity building web-based systems
  • Development of interactive communication campaigns
  • Societal research on the socio-economic impact of Smart Grid solutions on the demo regions

UPGRID within H2020: Bridge

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

UPGRID addresses the topic ” Distribution grid and retail market” (LCE 7– 2014) of the call for competitive low-carbon energy (LCE) (H2020-LCE-2014-3) within the “Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015”, Societal Challenge “Secure, clean and efficient energy”.

The LCE 6 to LCE 10 projects within the Horizon 2020 Electricity Grid Energy Storage 2014-2015 Calls are managed by EC/ DG ENERGY.

The integrated approach demands, that all demonstration projects shall integrate innovative Technology development, innovative Business models, develop plans for market uptake (including scaling-up and replication) and check existing market barriers and work out proposals for solutions (policy, legislation, regulation, etc.).

 

Further the knowledge sharing among LCE 6 to LCE 10 is very important. Bridge is a cooperation of all accepted LCE 6-10 projects funded under Horizon 2020. The target is to evolve a continuous dialogue and exchange of experiences between the different projects on Smart Grid & Storage. It kicked-off with the 1st Workshop held in Brussels 21 May 2015. Four working groups have been teamed up:

  • Data management
  • Business models
  • Regulations, and
  • Customer engagement.

The four working groups will meet regularly.

Consortium

Structure of the Project

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Roberto González Sainz-Maza
Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Ángel Díaz Gallo
Tecnalia

WP3 - Demo 1 · Spain

WP7 - Market & Business Framework

WP leader: Goran Strbac, Imperial College

This WP aims at:

  • identifying strengths and weakness of the present market and incentives framework,
  • existing barriers and gaps in facilitating investment in innovative technologies, proposing alternative policy and incentive regimes,
  • developing novel business models for different market participants to facilitate roll out of cost effective UPGRID solutions.

WP2 - Innovative distribution grid applications and functions

WP leader: Eduardo García, Tecnalia

This WP aims at identifying common specific use cases and functions that will be deployed by different demos in the project in relation to:

  • Improved supervision and management of MV/LV grid: state estimation, events and alarms supervision, load & generation forecasting, fault location tools, outage management
  • Services provided by DSOs to the retail market: DSM services, smart analytics of load curves, design of neutral access platform
  • Use of CIM as the reference data model for the project

WP1 - Scope and boundaries of project demos

WP leader: Raúl Bachiller, Iberdrola

The objective is to define the scope of the four demonstrations by getting answers to the questions:

  • What elements are needed, which are already in place and which ones will be developed in the project
  • What is the size of the demos, boundary conditions and use cases to be tested/validated
  • Which are the applicable standards for the used solutions
  • Which are the KPIs for monitoring the demos
  • Which are the preliminary business opportunities envisaged for the different actor

WP8 - Monitoring & Impact assessment of project demonstrations

WP leader: Alvaro Sánchez, Universidad de Comillas

The objective is the analysis of the to compare results, advantages and disadvantages of implementation and operation, expected life cycles and cost- benefit analysis, taking also into account the indirect impacts like environmental issues and social benefits.

In this way, it will be possible to extrapolate its results to an immediate exploitation of industrial results, and to verify the scalability and replicability of the demos.

WP9 - User engagement, societal research and dissemination of project results

WP leader: Luis Seca, Inesc

The main aims of this WP are twofold:

  • To make aware the final users and the society in general, that the Smart Grid technologies bring benefit to them and to propose actions to address some concerns that the citizens could have in relation with these technologies.
  • To broadly disseminate the results and findings of the project to the general audience and to those actors more directly involved in the technical and socioeconomic domains of the Smart Grid.

WP4 - Demo 2 · Portugal

WP5 - Demo 3 · Sweden

WP6 - Demo 4 · Poland

Demonstrations

The Spanish demonstrator is being carried out in Bilbao area in the North of Spain. The demonstrator area is characterised by 1.075 Secondary Substations (SSs) and more than 190.000 customers are involved.

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The Swedish demonstrator takes place in a rural part of southern Sweden (west side), close to the small town of Åmål. The demonstrator area is characterised by 2 MV lines with a total of 51 SSs involving 528 customers and LV lines are mostly overhead.

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The Portuguese demonstrator is deployed in Lisbon within the parish of Parque das Nações. The demonstrator area is characterised by 2 substations, 140 SSs, 13.450 residential consumers (LV) and 16 EV charging stations.

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Polish demonstrator project is located in the city of Gdynia that is a city in the Pomeranian Region. The demonstrator area is characterised by 55 MV/LV SSs, 38 km of power MV, 102 km of LV lines which supply near 14.700 customers.

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News


UPGRID project in CIRED 2017

During June 12 to 15 CIRED, the leading forum about Electricity Distribution Community, took place in Glasgow (Scotland). Iberdrola, EDP Distribuição, Vattenfall, Energa, GE, Tecnalia and ZIV represented UPGRID project in this conference.

Papers, oral and poster sessions were presented based on each of the four UPGRID demonstrators. Moreover, partners of the UPGRID project from General Electric (GE), Iberdrola and Vattenfall hosted a live demonstrator at the GE conference booth, opened to all CIRED visitors. It was titled: “The Future of Operation and Control on the LV Grid”. The exhibition provided the opportunity to show the Spanish and Swedish UPGRID demonstration on real time by remotely connecting to both real live Low Voltage Network Management Systems (LV NMS) deployed in each Distribution System Operator (DSO), based on GE PowerOn technology.

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Four low voltage smart grid demonstrators are already in operation

Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Poland have finished the deployment of four relevant smart grid demonstrators in December 2016. They are in operation now and reporting useful information in order to get conclusions by the end of this year.

Bilbao area (North of Spain), Parque das Nações (Lisbon, Portugal), Åmål (South of Sweden) and Gdynia (North of Poland) – these smart grid demonstrators are already operating in Europe. The demonstrators were deployed during 2016 and the goal is to provide the electrical system with new products and services to improve the management of the distribution networks as well as increase the value of the service provided to the consumers. This way, it will be possible to give an improved answer to consumer needs, such as reducing power supply restoration time, show access to more accurate and immediate information, or increase consumer participation in the market.

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Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) has visited the UPGRID Spanish demonstrator

The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC), which consists of Japanese major electric utilities, visited Iberdrola Distribución headquarters in Bilbao on the 23rd November 2016. The main topics covered were: advanced voltage control and smart meter data utilization for distribution system management. Both matters are within the UPGRID project demonstrators’ cornerstones. The meeting was focused on exchanging experiences to understand present DSOs endeavours and discussing about future efforts.

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UPGRID project in the European Utility Week 2016

UPGRID participated in the European Utility Week 2016 (15th – 17th November, 2016). For this event, a presentation titled “UPGRID, proven solutions for operating present and future LV networks” was prepared. Roberto González Sainz-Maza (Iberdrola) represented the project taking part in the “Optimisation” session #42 (within the “Intelligent Grid” hub) on November 15th with 20’ presentation and contributing to a session panel.

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UPGRID project participates in the most important professional biannual forum of Smart Grids in Spain

On the 18 and 19 October it was held in Madrid the III Congress of Smart Grids, the most important professional biannual forum of Smart Grids in Spain. On this forum UPGRID presented the “Social Impact of Grids Smart: an experience of how to increase user collaboration in improving Intelligent Networks”, where the active role that consumers must meet to enable change paradigm posed by Smart Grids was analyzed.

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UPGRID Project in CIGRÉ Paris 2016

UPGRID participated in CIGRÉ Paris 2016 (21st – 26th August. 2016). A paper based on the Spanish demonstrator titled “Beyond Smart Meters: Management of the LV network” was prepared. Jesús García Prado (Iberdrola Distribución) was representing the Spanish demo during the poster session and through an oral presentation. This oral presentation was focused on providing the UPGRID Spanish demonstrator point of view regarding the use of smart meter data to manage distribution networks in a scenario where DER integration may challenge the business as usual operations.

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Events

October 3-5, 2017 · European Utility Week 2017

Location: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Date:  3-5 October 2017
Link of the event: http://www.european-utility-week.com/
European Utility Week brings together 12.000 of Europe’s thought leaders and visionaries behind the world’s most successful utilities and solution providers. It is a unique opportunity to showcase your brand and services as one of the leading companies in the global smart energy market.

June 26-27, 2017 · InnoGrid 2020+

Location: Brussels (Belgium)
Date:  26-27 June 2017
Link of the event: http://innogrid2020.eu/ 
InnoGrid2020+ is THE EU event on innovation in electricity networks. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) will focus this sixth edition on the arising network of networks, where power grids and transport, telecom and IT, digital and physical link up in an unprecedented manner. Special attention will be devoted to the rapidly evolving transmission-distribution interface.

June 18-22, 2017 · PowerTech 2017

Location: Manchester (UK)
Date:  18-22 June 2017
Link of the event: http://ieee-powertech.org 
PowerTech is the IEEE PES anchor conference in Europe and has been attended by hundreds of delegates from around the world. It will be an international forum with exciting programme for individuals working in industry and academia, to network, exchange ideas, and discuss the results of their research and development work. The conference will be the largest gathering of international researchers and practitioners working in the general area of electrical power engineering outside the USA in 2017 and possibly the largest such conference ever held in the UK and certainly the largest to be held in the UK for a generation.

June 12-15, 2017 · QUIS 2017

Location: Porto (Portugal)
Date:  12-15 June 2017
Link of the event: https://web.fe.up.pt/~quis15/ 
“Since 1988, the QUIS symposium brings together the best interdisciplinary academic research and management practices in a forum to advance the study of service management, service dominant logic, service leadership, service quality, customer relationship management, technology and innovations in services.
In 2017, QUIS will head towards the edge of Europe and its Atlantic front, to the beautiful city of Porto, Portugal, for its 15th edition. Known mainly for its trade in Port wine, which travels along the east-west trending Douro river that starts in Spain, Porto has for its long history been known as a cosmopolitan trading center that blends perfectly its modern and historic aspects.”

June 12-15, 2017 · CIRED 2017

Location: Glasgow (Scotland)
Date:  12-15 June 2017
Link of the event: http://www.cired-2017.org/ 
CIRED, the leading forum where the Electricity Distribution Community meets, holds the major International Electricity Conference & Exhibition every two years in different venues in Europe with a worldwide perspective and participation.
We are delighted to be hosting the 24th International Conference & Exhibition on Electricity Distribution in the amazing city of Glasgow at the prestigious Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

June 6-8, 2017 · Grid Analytics Europe 2017

Location: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Date:  6-8 June 2017
Link of the event: http://www.gridanalytics-europe.com/
This year’s programme draws together 120+ data analytics and domain experts for a review of recent implementations, and a discussion of the next steps in developing the function through increased board support, appropriate organisational structuring, cost-effective technology implementation, effective data management, analysis and visualisation, and use-case expansion.

Feb 2, 2017 · UPGRID Consortium General Assembly, in London
The 3rd project GA will be held in London hosted by Imperial College London on February 2, 2017. All project partners are invited to attend to learn about UPGRID’s progress since the last GA held in January 2016 in Lisbon and next steps.

 

November 15-17, 2016 · European Utility Week 2016
Location: Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain Date: 15-17 November, 2016 Link of the event: http://www.european-utility-week.com/ UPGRID project will be presented in the Hub Session, “Intelligent Grid” – session 37 Optimization (November 15th from 14:00 to 17:30). The speech to the conference will have the following title: UPGRID, proven solutions for operating present and future LV networks (speaker: Roberto González Sainz-Maza, UPGRID Coordinator, Iberdrola). After a brief explanation of the project, the presentation will cover what is being done to improve the operation and management of LV networks in UPGRID. The session will be finished with an interactive panel with all participants. Moreover, an UPGRID poster will be available in the Smart Grids Basque Country stand during the three days of the event. About the event: European Utility Week is the premier landmark event in Europe for the entire utility sector, accumulating over 12.000 international smart energy stakeholders and 600 exhibitors. It is a dynamic and energizing 3-day business, innovation and information platform facilitating greater networking and content sharing opportunities. The programme is developed to serve every level of the utility value chain in the form of a strategic and policy forming environment during the exclusive Summit and the more practical case studies presented during the Hub Sessions, free to attend for all visitors.

August 21-26, 2016 · CIGRÉ Paris 2016
Location: Palais des Congrès Porte Maillot, Paris, France Date: 21 – 26 August 2016 Link of the event: http://www.cigre.org/Events/Session/Session-2016 On this event UPGRID project have prepare a paper based on the Spanish demo work titled: “Beyond Smart Meters: Management of the LV network” (paper C6-206).

June 27-29, 2016 · GRE 2016 - XV International Conference Science and Technology Forum of Energetic
Location: Centrum Kongresów i Rekreacji “Orle Gniazdo” (Szczyrku – Poland) Date: 27 – 29 June 2016 Link of the event: http://konferencje.nowa-energia.com.pl/gre/2016/ The main objective of the conference is to exchange experiences of industry and science, to present the achievements and developments of energy, promotion of the opportunities for learning, life with special regard to progress in technology, construction and operation of energy systems and the presentation of the achievements of scientific research and implementation obtained in four research tasks carried out in the framework of the Strategic Programme for Research and Development Works Fri. “Advanced technologies for energy generation”. On this forum Energa will present the UPGRID’s Polish demonstrator project located in the city of Gdynia (Pomeranian Region). The demonstrator area is characterised by 55 MV/LV SSs, 38 km of power MV, 102 km of LV lines which supply near 14.700 customers.

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June 27-28, 2016 · InnoGrid2020+
Location: Centre for fine Arts, Brussels – Belgium Date: 27 – 28 June 2016 Link of the event: http://innogrid2020.eu/ InnoGrid2020+ has become the not-to-be-missed EU event on innovation in electricity networks. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) will focus the 2016 edition on “Digital Energy”. This year’s conference will address the innovation paradigm behind the distribution and transmission interface. It also will 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. We invite you to attend the InnoGrid2020+ event where you can have more information about the UPGRID project. On the Project Session II “Taking Stock of On-going Projects: Knowledge Sharing for progress” Mr Roberto González Sainz-Maza (Iberdrola) will present the UPGRID project; and during the poster session two posters will be available.

June 1-3, 2016 · CIM Users Group · 2016 Meeting - Europe
Location: Hotel NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky – Amsterdam, Netherlands Date: 1-3 June, 2016 Link of the event: http://meetings.cimug.org/2016/amsterdam/ The legend of the event is “Using CIM to Create and Support the Data-Driven Utility”. As the event states, utilities are now collecting and storing vast amounts of data regarding their operational systems with the goal of using that data to improve reliability, service metrics, customer satisfaction and asset utilization. Many existing legacy systems are isolated and fragmented lacking a unified approach to data management and resulting in barriers to interoperability and integration. Many utilities are adapting a data-driven architecture for enterprise integration based on the IEC CIM standards as the means by they can turn this data into information that can be more easily used improve the utility enterprise’s performance. The conformance of the CIM framework is one of the pillars that UPGRID is committed with in order to ensure the interoperability, scalability and replicability of the innovative technological solutions that are being developed and integrated in the Demonstrators deployed in the project. That is the reason CIM was chosen to ensure standardized data exchange between software modules that are being developed within those four country Demonstrators. CIM will be used within the following areas:

  • MV and LV state estimation
  • Events/alarms supervision and DER management in LV network
  • Load and generation forecasting
  • Fault location tools
  • Enhanced outage management and support for maintenance crews
  • Design of service for Demand Side Management
  • Smart analytics of individual load curves for distribution and retail business
  • Design of a neutral market access platform

Special attention will be given to smart metering data utilization, as AMI is deployed in all participating distribution system operators. Different data models have been used in AMI implementations (COSEM for PRIME PLC and ANSI C.12 for OSGP) and IEC 61968-9 is a common denominator that allows specialised software modules to acquire and process smart metering data, regardless of the AMI physical data model. Examples of COSEM – ANSI C.12 – IEC 61968-9 translations will be shown. Jose Antonio Rodriguez Mondéjar (Comillas, Spain) and Aleksander Babs (Institute of Power Engineering, Poland) will be presenting the UPGRID activity on the CIM domain taking part in the session “Distribution – AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) and DER (Distributed Energy Resources)”, under the title of “CIM as the reference data model for the UPGRID project

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May 19, 2016 · CIGRE • IV Technical Workshop on R&D
Location: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid Date: 19 May 2016 Link of event: http://www.cigre.es/ The IV Technical Workshop on R&D has included presentations and discussions about “Monitoring systems and assets management”, “New materials and its application on electric networks”, “HVDC systems (equipment, networks…) and FACTS”, and “Integration of DER (Smart Grids)”. Mr Roberto González (Iberdrola) has presented the UPGRID proyect in this last section.

April 18-21, 2016 · GE International Software Summit
Location: Hilton Palace · Sorrento, Italy Date: 18 – 21 April 2016 Link of the event: http://gegridsolutionssummit.com/ The GE International Software Summit Series has been running every year in 3 different locations worldwide with the idea of sharing knowledge, experiences, innovations and success stories with colleagues from around the world, and includes attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors from companies that are at the forefront of innovation in the industry, being a great opportunity to network with the industry leaders. UPGRID has submitted an abstract untitled “Real smart grid: advanced operation and exploitation of LV networks” to this International SUMMIT describing how distribution companies are now able to go one step beyond towards an advanced real time representation and management of the LV network. This paper will show how the managing of monitored events coming from the Smart Meters will improve the LV Network Operations. Some of the improvements to be expected are grid failure and service restoration, outage prediction, asset management, network planning optimization, unbalance detection, fraud spot localization or structural problem identification. The main deliverables are: A LV network management system; The system will receive the information coming from the Smart Meters which will be utilised by the system to manage outages and planned interventions in the network; Interaction between different systems will be required. One of the main challenges will be the efficient real time management of all these data flows. UPGRID project is based on a real field deployment in the metropolitan Bilbao area, This will allow measuring the quality, consistency and relevance of different data evaluating the impact on the global quality of the grid, together with the most suitable operation strategies.

April 5-6, 2016 · Grid Analytics Europe 2016
Location: Novotel Amsterdam City, The Netherlands Date: 5 – 6 April 2016 Link of the event: http://www.gridanalytics-europe.com/ As smart meter and smart grid deployments continue to gain momentum, demand for big data analytics capability to better manage grid operations and plan network investment is at an all-time high. But securing adequate internal investment, building an analytics organisation that transcend established silos, selecting and implementing the right analytics platform, and effectively managing the large volumes of complex and unstructured data flooding the network to provide real-time, predictive and highly actionable intelligence to the wider organisation, is not without its challenges! Grid Analytics Europe 2016 draws together 120+ Data Science and Domain experts for a review of the most innovative analytics implementations within the European smart utility environment. Over 2 intensive days you will hear from 12+ utility front runners, gain important insights into their lessons learnt, and sneak previews of their management approved roadmaps.

Jan 28, 2016 · UPGRID Consortium General Assembly, in Lisbon (Portugal)

Jan 28, 2016 · DISCERN 3rd External Workshop – The role of KPIs in evaluating Smart Grid Projects
Location: Reinaissance Brussels Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels Date: Thursday, 28th January 2016 Speaker: Irene Aguado (ITE) Link of the event: http://discern.eu/events/workshopIV.html

Summary

The workshop was divided into three main sessions. During the first session “How KPIs are used in existing projects and lessons learnt” representatives from DISCERN, DREAM, IDE4L, UPGRID and evolvDSO projects presented their KPIs experience. Most of the projects are (like UPGRID) in the initial stages of the KPIs work, specifically the KPIs definition. Only the DISCERN project has completed the final stage of KPI calculation. They share their experience and they were really open to answer other projects’ questions. The second session was focused in the “application of KPIs by different elements of the industry”. Representatives from the Italian Regulatory Authority, Siemens AG and Enel explained their point of view about the KPIs application. The last session was the workshop session. During this last session all the participants worked in groups to discuss how the KPIs definition should be and what useful information a KPI calculation guide should have to help new Smart Grid projects, based on a preliminary work prepared by DISCERN team. This last session was really interesting to share points of view regarding the main areas of KPIs definition (cost, technical, societal, etc.), the KPIs attributes (formula, contextualization, units, etc.) and the kind of information it may be useful to find in a KPI calculation guide.

Available Materials

Nov 26-27, 2015 · 3rd IGREENGrid-SiNGULAR-SuSTAINABLE Global Joint Conference
Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2015 · InnoGrid2020+ 4th Annual Conference
InnoGrid2020+ 4th Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity to take stock of the content and direction of R&D with European added-value, as well as to address some of the main challenges still being faced.

Available Material

Poster describing the UPGRID project. Available for download here

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Poster describing the demos in the project. Available for download here

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For any information about this project, please contact us

Mr. Roberto González Sainz-Maza, Iberdrola

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UPGRID project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646.531