The annual research fair in Trondheim (“Forkningstorget” in Norwegian) is organized as part of the annual Norwegian festival “The Science Days” (http://www.forskningsdagene.no/), where research institutions are invited to present their research results to the public. This year SINTEF and NTNU teamed up and presented CoSSMic project in a stand during the research fair in Trondheim on Friday 30th of September and Saturday 1st of October. While elementary and middle school children were invited on Friday, the event was open for all on Saturday. Over 10000 people visited the event.
We equipped the stand with CoSSMic storyboard poster and video, and presented the user interface of the CoSSMic system deployed at Konstanz trial site. We also conducted a survey and collected feedbacks about sharing of energy and their opinion of using a smart ICT system like CoSSMic.
The booth has attracted attentions from the public with different backgrounds. Some of them showed interests to be trial users of such a system and even contacted us about local collaborations in the future.
The project has been presented at the 30th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA-2016), held at Le Régent Congress Centre, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on March 23-25, 2016.
We utilized the facility of a booth in the open space of the Congress Center, equipped with 4 posters describing the project and its specific activities, flyers and a wide screen and video-projector, utilized to display continuosly the project movie during the three days of the conference.
The project booth has raised the interest of the conference attendants, more than 300 scientists, and we had the possibility to illustrate the project and distribute dissemination material – mainly flyers – to more than 100 persons approaching the booth.
The booth has been mounted and attended by Beniamino Di Martino, Rocco Aversa and Massimo Ficco.
The Smart Energy Workshop in Konstanz (powered by CoSSMic and SmartGridsBW) was featured in the regional German newspaper Südkurier on July 3.
The Cossmic consortium has decided to use the Emoncms software as a baseline component for storing and processing energy and sensor-monitored data on the project trial sites in Konstanz (Germany) and Caserta (Italy). Based on that, Thomas Vilarinho (SINTEF) has visited the Open Energy Monitor lab (the company driving the development of the Emoncms) in Bangor, Wales (UK) in the end of March.
Thomas got to know the faces behind the Emoncms software and Open Energy Monitor project. He got to learn about the future plans for the Emoncms and the different hardware they have been creating as part of their project, including their new kickstarter campaign.
Trystan Lea, from the Open Energy Monitor, presented their work on the introduction of “apps” in the next release of the Emoncms software. Moreover, he showcased an app they have been working on which mixes the display of the local energy production/consumption with the live availability of green resources on the grid. The possibility to more easily mix the local monitoring data with external open APIs provides innovative possibilities for the future of Smart Cities.
Besides those discussions, Thomas presented the CoSSMic project and the different software pieces that are being developed in it. The software being developed in CoSSMic will be released as open source and some of it has been identified as very relevant for the Open Energy Monitor community.
On his tour, Thomas also dropped by to Manchester and met Matthew Fawcet from Carbon Coop, which is part of the NobelGrid project. They discussed the synergies between both projects and how the findings from CoSSMic can help pave the base for the work in NobelGrid.
The 5th plenary meeting of CoSSMic will be hosted by project partner SUN (Second University of Naples) and will take place the 4th-6th of February 2015 in Vietri sul Mare, Italy.
In the press:
– Gazzetta Caserta – Dispositivi per risparmiare energia progetto pilota della Sun (PDF)
– Il Mattino – Risparmiare energia elettrica grazie a smartphone e tablet la ricerca in Campania (PDF)
The 4th of November, a broad consortium of cooperating local partners in Konstanz organized a workshop at Sunny Solar Technik with the title Klimaschutz rentiert sich (Sustainability pays off). The presentations during this workshop were focused on the new integrated Klimaschutzkonzept (Sustainability concept) of the city of Konstanz, recent developments in the feed-in tariffs and actual costs of photovoltaics in Germany, accompanied by a tour through the fully sustainable building of Sunny Solar Technik by its owner, Mr. Michael Simon and a presentation of the energy vision for the future by Dr. Kristian Peter of ISC Konstanz.
With the recent price developments in Germany, the installation of PV is a very safe and realistic investment for small and medium-sized companies. This opens up many new perspectives for smart grids and poses new challenges with regards to local storage and the coupling of technologies to create not only passive buildings, but to actively contribute to a more sustainable future.
CoSSMic partners Stadt Konstanz, ISC Konstanz, Sunny Solar Technik and Boukje.com participated in this workshop, discussing already about any future activities that CoSSMic might undertake in the test region of Konstanz.
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.
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:
IMPLEMENTING AND INTEGRATING RENEWABLES IN THE ENERGY SYSTEM – FOCUSING ON CONSUMER BEHAVIOR AND ENERGY STORAGE
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 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.
The 3rd plenary meeting was hosted by the University of Oslo and took place at the Blindern campus, more specifically in the Ole Johan Dahl building. Ole Johan Dahl was a professor at UiO and one of the creators of the SIMULA programming language, the first object oriented language.
The main focus of this meeting was to settle the initial architecture of the distributed control system and the scope of the 1st prototype to be presented at the 1st project review. Also we had a presentation of the initial investigations on business models, revealing that although current legislation and practice may not be ideal for CoSSMic, there are ideas about and a trend towards more favorable regimes in some countries, for example Switzerland and the Netherlands.