INVADE OSLO 2018:
“An important and crucial networking arena”

By Mari Kristine Buckholm, Smart Innovation Norway 15. October 2018

On Wednesday October 10th, 120 participants from all over Europe gathered at Oslo Airport Gardermoen for the INVADE Oslo 2018 conference. With a strong and very competent list of 18 speakers, the event was a flying success.

The conference revolved around highly relevant topics regarding the smart business of batteries – trends and opportunities.

“It is important to share information and learn from each other. This is quite a new market, with new technology and new ways of thinking, so I believe events like these are very important,” comments Trond Furenes from Smartly, which is sub-provider to INVADE partner, Lyse.

18 engaging presentations

The EU Horizon 2020 project, INVADE, aims to demonstrate how stationary batteries and “batteries on wheels” can be used to optimize energy and power related operations for the benefit of grid owners, private households and buildings, as well as the market.

The INVADE Oslo 2018 conference consisted of a well-balanced program with 18 informative and engaging presentations, as well as sufficient time to mingle and meet new and interesting partners and companies.

Winning the battery race

“I am here to learn exactly what is happening in the INVADE project, and how we are going to overcome the climate challenge and win the battle. I think this event is extremely beneficial for young researchers like myself,” says Victor Mukherjee from VTT, who stepped in for colleague Mikko Pihlatie and presented “Who wins the battery race?”.

“There is a hope that Europe as a whole can win the battery race and achieve the goal to battle the global climate change. Europe can take a big part in that,” explains Mukherjee.

The program was sectioned into five main sessions:

  1. End users and flexibility
  2. Creating new business in a changing environment
  3. Energy storage and trends
  4. Regulations – brake block or guidance for future energy solutions?
  5. Electric vehicles: Flexible resource or dreaded technology?

A changing power environment

Sarah Carter from Ricardo was also one of the event’s speakers. She was part of session 2 and talked about “Strategic flexibility services to network operator”.

“I think power systems is a really exciting place to be at the moment, because so much is changing. This event is really good because it brings lots of different people together, so that they can all share ideas and learn from each other,” says Carter.

Her view is shared by Josef Noll from the University of Oslo, who attended the conference to learn more about the INVADE project and its impact, as well as experiencing the highlights of every presentation.

“The whole topic of energy is going to change our environment. I basically work on security. For me, the impact on the security and the autonomy of the network is important,” says Noll.

“The stupid idea of yesterday”

Jan van Meijl from VDL Enabling Transport Solutions held the presentation “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that. E-mobility: the new normal”.

“I am also here to learn the different perspectives of different persons and countries, and how to approach the subject of houses, cars, etc. It is all about knowing each other and finding out what everybody’s doing, to try to find links. Because in the end, the system has to work together”, emphasizes van Meijl. He adds:

“I like to say the stupid idea of yesterday can become the solution of tomorrow. As long as we can learn from the problems faced in different projects, and how they solved it, it can bring us to new ideas.”


Watch the conference speakers and participants talk about why they are attending and what they have learned during the one-day event at Oslo Airport Gardermoen in the video below:

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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)

@INVADEH2020 : This week is the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the annual flagship event organised by the European Commission. Achieving Sustainable Energy is within the INVADE goals. HOLD THE DATE for "INVADE Barcelona 2019" on the 20th of November, as a side event of Smart City Expo World Congress, to see what we have done in the project. ( - 3 weeks ago)

@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)

@INVADEH2020 : Communication layer facilitates the integration of #storage #EVs #prosumers #DistributedGeneration according to the… https://t.co/78xepSWAK1 ( - 1 month ago)