INVADE in the media: Develops efficient energy for Europe

By Atle Abelsen, Energiteknikk (translated from Norwegian) 2. November 2018

Norway has been entrusted with an important responsibility in EUs development of standards and business models based on energy efficiency, distributed production and energy storage.

Through the EU Horizon 2020 project, INVADE (2017-2019), partners from Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Norway will create a foundation for European actors to develop business models based on climate friendliness, energy efficiency and “green values”.

They will also map which rules and regulations that need to be harmonized to reach the most efficient and limitless electrification of the transport sector, as well as how standardization can contribute to suppliers being able to operate across borders with new, smart and energy efficient products and systems.

“The European grid operators wish to exploit the potential of at least 30-40 percent in reduced investment costs for the next ten years,” says INVADE Project Manager, Dieter Hirdes. He is the Head of Research & Innovation at Smart Innovation Norway, the company which coordinates the EU project.

Significant savings

Saving 30-40 percent in investment costs at European level could quickly become tens of billion Euros yearly. To achieve this, circumstances and conditions must be adapted to allow grid companies to use their IT architecture in a much smarter way.

“Norwegian grid operators have done a relatively good job at this, but they also need to be on their toes to make sure not to fall behind. The development happens fast, and framework conditions are often set by the EU without any of the grid companies actively influencing the process,” Hirdes points out.

Participating in INVADE is one the best opportunities for Norwegian actors to be part of setting the premises for this development.

The Dutch partners, GreenFlux and ElaadNL, have the responsibility to gather and sum up all the knowledge and experience in the area. This will make the foundation for a standardization and harmonizing proposal to be presented to the European Commission. Hopefully, it will be a valuable contribution to a new directive.

Business models

Lyse is responsible for the Norwegian pilot, and one of the premise suppliers to the development of the INVADE platform. Smartly, which is the brand name of the company’s smart building solutions, is used as an arena for development and testing of services and business models, focusing on consumers and the domestic market.

Senior business developer at Lyse AS, Trond Thorbjørnsen, emphazises the importance of not being asleep at the wheel.

“The rapid development within the Internet of Things and new services means that new and competent actors will enter markets which were previously reserved for energy companies. There will be many battles, and Smartly is our response to the challenge,” explains Thorbjørnsen.

Through the Smartly pilot, both Lyse and the rest of the Norwegian and European grid operators will get to know the consumers better.

“This will probably affect the grid companies’ scope of action significantly in the years to come. We can pay close attention to what happens, both in the regulatory processes and the demand from the customers. This is of great importance to us, to be able to develop business models that are adapted to the new times,” he says.

Bulgarian role model

Professor Bernt Bremdal at Smart Innovation Norway notes that the Bulgarian pilot is the large Albena resort by the Black Sea.

“This will contribute to it becoming the most energy-efficient and climate-friendly tourist destination in Bulgaria, and one of the best in Europe,” comments Bremdal.

In Albena, the INVADE prediction module is utilized to efficiently control the batteries and electric boilers. This is all a part of a flexibility concept which pays off for both the hotel chain and the environment. The concept is highly scalable, and once the testing is finished, the INVADE concept will be rolled out at all 43 hotels in the area.

Social media

INVADE updates

@INVADEH2020 : Renewable energies and electric vehicles (EVs) change the way we consume and produce electricity. It also changes the way those who manage and distribute it must think about the electricity system – to always provide the best possible service for the connected costumers. The goal of the EU funded Horizon2020 project INVADE is to greatly speed up this process, by showing that the technologies and solutions we have today, only must be connected in new ways to solve the challenges of tomorrow. Watch the official INVADE film to understand how: ( - 1 week ago)

@INVADEH2020 : As part of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the Sustainable energy days in Albena last week was an informative event/workshop about the innovations and optimizations in the energy field the company is introducing (https://www.eusew.eu/energy-days/eu-sustainable-energy-days-albena-bulgaria). One of the projects presented was the EU Horizon2020 project INVADE (www.h2020invade.eu). Two INVADE partners were represented, Albena Resort, Bulgaria and Smart Innovation Norway. Researcher Bryan Pellerin presented INVADE to the local stakeholders and got to exchange with Albena’s partners (both hotel managers, guests and more technical people) about what the project is addressing. "This is a part of our work package 3 focused on exploitation. We also toured their facilities (farm, wine yards, biogas plant), which was very interactive and puts INVADE in context of their other sustainability activities," explains Pellerin. ( - 3 weeks ago)

@INVADEH2020 : This week is @euenergyweek, the annual flagship event organised by the @EU_Commission. Achieving #sustainable… https://t.co/wWKrc2VOQp ( - 3 weeks ago)

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@INVADEH2020 : In the INVADE project, a central delivery is the cloud-based Integrated INVADE platform, which will be used by the Flexibility Operator to manage #flexibility from flexibility providers and offer this to flexibility customers. It is crucial to specify how data can be sent to and from the Integrated INVADE platform through its communication platform API pilot by Pilot. You can access Deliverable 7.2 "Specification of the CP-API-functions" at https://h2020invade.eu/deliverables/ ( - 1 month ago)

The pilots have begun testing the INVADE integrated platform: “An excellent example of how we can bring flexibility and storage technology to the end-users”

In the end of May, the INVADE consortium was gathered in the Netherlands. During the two-day meeting, all five pilot owners presented their progress to the project partners. (1 month ago)

@INVADEH2020 : In the end of May, the INVADE consortium was gathered in the Netherlands. During the two-day meeting, all five pilo… https://t.co/H7CYKd3zyO ( - 1 month ago)

@INVADEH2020 : In the end of May, the INVADE consortium was gathered in the Netherlands. During the two-day meeting, all five pilot owners presented their progress to the project partners. Read more and see photos: ( - 1 month ago)

@INVADEH2020 : Communication technology is not only what type of data will be shared between different users, but also identifying the steps to follow to achieve a total and bidirectional integration between cloud platforms and field devices and systems at consumer’s sites, taking also into account that it should be scalable enough to accept new devices in a simple way. In INVADE, the protocols and standards of the different equipment and systems which can be installed at pilot sites have been defined, as well as all types of existing communications both with the cloud system for flexibility services, as well as between the devices themselves. You can access Deliverable 7.1 Communications Specification Plan at: ( - 1 month ago)

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