4th plenary meeting 22-24 September 2014 in Amsterdam

The 4th plenary meeting of the CoSSMic project has been hosted by Boukje.com and was co-located with the PVSEC conference 2014 at the RAI in Amsterdam. A particular focus this time was to prepare for the reporting to the commission for the first period (M1-M12) and for the 1st review. The 1st review will be a remote review, where the reviewers will assess the progress and status of the project based on inspecting the deliverables only. This poses a special challenge for the 1st prototype, which needs to be able to present itself to the reviewers rather than being demonstrated at a review meeting by a project participant. Consequently much time was spent on the design and integration planning for the prototype.

Again there were lively discussions regarding the need for business models encouraging the establishment of CoSSMic neighbourhoods, and how to stimulate the creation and growth of an online community of CoSSMic users. Obviously these are challenging issues.

The social programme included a guided city walk from RAI to the center of Amsterdam with a special focus on architecture. Otto Paans, leader of WP7 and PhD student in Architecture at the TU Berlin was our guide. During the walk we passed several nice examples of the \Amsterdam School’ – a movement within urbanism and architecture that developed together with socialism and the Bauhaus during the late 19th and early 20th century. Amsterdam school architecture is characterized by its emphasis on craftsmanship, the use of brickwork while the need to develop affordable housing was formative of its focus on residential housing.

Photo gallery of this meeting

CoSSMic contributes to NorRen 2014

At the annual Norwegian Summer School NORREN on Renewable Energies, international students were for the first time invited to participate and contribute under the title:

NorRen 2014

NorRen 2014

The program was structured in plenary talks of experts on Renewable Energy Research, Development and Applications
on technical, economical as well as sociological aspects
and eight parallel working groups of PhD and Master Student on four selected topics

The student groups of about six people each worked continuously during the workshop on their tasks and presented the results in a wrap up oral presentation and in a comprehensive report with conclusion.

CoSSMic representatives were during the NorRen Summer School 2014 engaged in

  • Lecturing about the collaboration between Smart PV and the CoSSMic project
  • Chairing a number of sessions
  • Coordinating and supervising of the project work group: Collaboration of PV systems and supercapacitors as storage medium for the future

The E-Golf: Mobilty for a Greener Future

The E-Golf is part of the CoSSMic project and has been rented for the remaining two years of the project by one of the CoSSMic industrial users. It serves as a mobile electrical storage system with an Li-Ion Battery on board with a energy storage capacity of about 24 kWh. The mobile storage unit will be integrated into the industrial user´s solar powered smart grid and will help to increase and improve the self consumption of the user´s residence. The battery loading and its present charging state of the battery will be monitored and handled by an interated intelligent battery charging unit.