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.

During 2017 data from the demonstrator areas will be collected to fulfil relevant UPGRID project goals, such as the definition of a Market & Business Framework, the Monitoring & Impact assessment of the project, and the End-User engagement evaluation together with a Societal Research. These conclusions will be presented during the last months of the project. In addition, actions will be developed to promote the interaction with the stakeholder groups that the UPGRID goals aim at.

Based on preliminary tests, the UPGRID Consortium expects valuable results and impacts that will support the convenience and benefit of the deployed solutions. They will enable the implementation of advanced functionalities over the existing technology to form a truly integrated smart grid. With this project an improvement in the monitoring and controllability of LOW Voltage and medium voltage grids is expected, as a way to anticipate technical challenges associated with the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (electric vehicles, renewable distributed generation, storage, etc.)

The 3rd General Assembly of UPGRID project was successfully held in London (United Kingdom) on February 2nd, hosted by Imperial College. The goal of the meeting was to discuss between all the partners in the consortium the status of the project and the next steps. During the meeting all work package leaders presented the results and accomplishments and the activities planned for the rest of the project.