Successful Barcelona meeting: INVADE is on track
By Mari Kristine Buckholm, Smart Innovation Norway 19. September 2017
Last week the entire INVADE consortium went to Barcelona for a two-day workshop, which left Management work package leader, Dieter Hirdes, very optimistic.
“We had the first technical meeting after the first nine months of the INVADE project. The goal was to coordinate the work in different work packages”, says Dieter Hirdes, Head of Research & Innovation at Smart Innovation Norway, project coordinator for INVADE and Management work package leader.
He reveals that he is very satisfied with what came out of the two-day workshop.
“Even though we communicate a lot by Skype, sometimes it is necessary to meet all the people involved. There are quite a lot of issues and questions that have risen during the first months of the project that needed to be coordinated and discussed”, explains Hirdes.
A total of 40 persons working on INVADE from all 12 partners and 5 pilot sites were gathered in the offices of Estabanell Energia in Barcelona last week.
“One of the most positive things from these two days is that we have seen how engaged and dedicated the group is. They take their tasks and responsibilities seriously and are excited to work on a large European innovation project”, notes Hirdes.
At the same time, he is sure to mention that the project is not going to be a walk in the park:
“We have a great team, but it is a tough, large-scale project and it will not be easy to succeed”.
The next step after Barcelona will be implementing the adaptions and changes that were agreed upon during the meeting.
“We are still in the definition phase, and one of the things we will do moving forward is to slightly update the definitions of how the pilots will function”, explains Hirdes.
If everything goes according to plan, the finalized INVADE platform will be delivered to the market by January 2020.
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