First DRIMPAC newsletter is here!
DRIMPAC 1st newsletter
Dear reader,
thank you for taking the time to keep up with our project! These newsletters are brought out to keep you informed on the latest developments of DRIMPAC project, including interviews, upcoming events, project progress and achievements, information on the project partners and other related news. This issue is an introductory one; it gives you an overview of the status of DRIMPAC and of the actions undertaken by DRIMPAC partners. The newsletter will be published two times per year.

DRIMPAC is a three-year project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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The DRIMPAC team

Dimitrios Tzovaras, Director of the Center for Research and Technology Hellas – Information Technologies Institute and DRIMPAC Project Coordinator

With the transition of Europe’s energy system, the need for energy consumption of production flexibility and in particular, local flexibility, is becoming increasingly important. The Energy Union Framework Strategy sets out the vision of an Energy Union "with citizens at its core, where citizens take ownership of the energy transition, benefit from new technologies to reduce their bills, participate actively in the market, and where vulnerable consumers are protected".
The role of consumer-empowerment, the active participation of energy consumers in the energy markets, is moving into the foreground as a means to improve services for consumers, while helping to drive competition, integrate more variable renewable energy sources, enable the cost-effective uptake of electric vehicles, relieve pressure on energy networks and allow for a nimble operation of the power system. The numerous expected benefits for various stakeholders in the future energy market environment are shown in the figure below.
To achieve this transformation and materialise the benefits of demand response for the entire energy system, retailers will require three main elements:
  • The IT infrastructure that will provide the end-to-end interoperability among the systems of all involved actors as well as the building energy management & automation components that will deliver significant added value in order to curb consumer reluctance and pave the way for adoption in households and office buildings, which account for 44% of final energy consumption in Europe.
  • Innovative and value-adding propositions for the customers that build upon digital, smart services and devices to deliver truly engaging and rewarding experiences for consumers.
  • The convincing demonstration of these innovative propositions that will create an initial critical mass of early adopters, opinion leaders and credible success stories.
DRIMPAC project will address these needs with an incremental strategy:
  • develop and deliver the DRIMPAC solution as a technological enabler, 
  • define innovative service offerings and business models for energy retailers,
  • demonstrate and validate their combined benefits via piloting and market testing on real users to verify acceptance and drive market launch efforts.
DRIMPAC will involve stakeholders and end-users during the requirements collection for system design and during the evaluation phases towards creating a human-centric and commercially viable solution. To this end, your participation as member of our Stakeholder Ecosystem is most welcome

The European energy system is currently missing out on a vast source of demand flexibility that could provide multi-faceted benefits to the system, the energy generation and demand flexibility of buildings. This is mainly caused by the lack of communication between the grid/market and buildings as well as the lack of interoperable intelligent building management systems that can respond to grid or market signals. DRIMPAC aims to bridge this gap by providing a unique and universal technological framework that facilitates the end-to-end communication of the necessary information for the discovery and delivery of demand flexibility, while enhancing building management intelligence in order to coordinate energy generation and demand for the mutual benefit of the prosumer and the energy system, preserving comfortable and healthy living conditions. The three main standard-bridging objectives or DRIMPAC focus on:

  1. The residential sector, towards introducing Demand Response functionality to the “smart-home” environment. This in turn may prove to be a source of significant energy consumption and cost savings for the end-consumer. The objective of DRIMPAC for the residential sector is to achieve interoperability with main standards (OneM2M, SAREF) and proprietary protocols (at least 3 major ones including e.g. ZigBee) in the Smart Home domain. 
  2. The tertiary building sector, where DRIMPAC aims to achieve interoperability with all main building control & automation standards & protocols in the domain (BAC, Lon, KNX)
  3. The district-level Distributed Energy Resources, which proliferate at an increasing rate the contemporary network. These resources include energy from local renewable sources (wind, sun), batteries and lately EVs. IEC 61850-7-420, the standard about integration of distributed energy resources to the grid, will be of special interest to DRIMPAC to facilitate proper and standards-compliant DER integration in the DRIMPAC solution for district-level self-consumption and optimization.

All these domain-specific standards will be connected via DRIMPAC with the DSOs and energy retailers utilizing the OpenADR standard for the bi-directional generation of Demand Response signaling in order to enable seamless end-to-end communication of all actors, reducing the technological barriers towards unleashing the vast potential of buildings for Demand Response services provision.

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The DRIMPAC consortium gathered for its kick-off meeting in Thessaloniki 25-26 September 2018 at the premises of CERTH, the project coordinator. The two-day plenary was attended by 19 partners representing 11 partner organisations. The agenda covered the presentation of the project concept work and objectives and the initial planning for the project tasks that will be active in the first 6 months. The schedule allowed for informative presentations, interactive workshops and bilateral discussions between partners. Special focus was put on the organization of the pilots and the engagement of the end-users, since the pilot sites involve a large number of people during operations in real-life conditions. The next meeting was scheduled for January 2019, since it was agreed that for the first year at least, the meetings will take place every four months instead of every six in order to maintain momentum during the design and implementation phases of the project.
The DRIMPAC consortium gathered for its second meeting in Vienna 23-24 January 2019 at the premises of partner e7. The two-day plenary was attended by 19 partners representing all partner organisations. The plenary successfully brought the entire consortium up to date with the status of the project, the main developments over the last few months and the plan for the next six months. The first day of the meeting revolved around presentations on the forming of the User Group and Stakeholder Ecosystem, analysis of the market environment towards defining business models for DRIMPAC, and analysis of evaluation methodologies for Demand Response projects and associated KPIs M&V in order to select the most suitable methodologies DRIMPAC. In addition, a thorough presentation on the ontological framework of the project was given, while there was an initial analysis of the modules for virtual energy storage and predictive maintenance.
The second day included dissemination activities reporting and presentation of future dissemination opportunities and a technical meeting for the architecture and use cases definition.
Thanks to e7, the meeting was excellently organised, it ran smoothly and all partners were pleased with their stay in Vienna. 
The DRIMPAC consortium gathered for its general assembly meeting in Nicosia on 22-23 May2019 at the premises of UCY. The two-day meeting was attended by all partner organisations and was held in the new “STELIOS IOANNOU” Library. The new and first DRIMPAC project was presented during the meeting and accepted by all the consortium and the definition of “User Group” and “Stakeholder Ecosystem“ was completed. The technical discussion covered the most of the second day, creating a good start for the next months. The consortium will meet again in September in Athens.
The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country and it was founded in 2000. It is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Information & Communication, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross-disciplinary scientific areas.
CERTH/ITI is one of the leading Institutions of Greece in the fields of Informatics, Telematics and Telecommunications, with long experience in numerous European and national R&D projects. It is active in a large number of research domains such as Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Security and Surveillance, Image and Signal Processing, Computer & Cognitive Vision, Human Computer Interaction, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Multimedia, Database and Information Systems and Social Media Analysis.
CERTH is the Project Coordinator of the DRIMPAC project. In addition to the responsibilities and activities of this role, it will further lead the activities relating to:
•    the design of the data security and privacy framework that will safeguard energy consumers sensitive information,
•    the creation of the visual analytics components and the user interfaces for the all the user of the various components of the DRIMPAC solution,
•    the integration of all the individual software components into the DRIMPAC solution as a complete and self-standing software product.
Besides the main office building of CERTH/ITI, which is equipped with various sensors and DESIGO BEMs, the institute also possesses a smart house, which is equipped with a vast variety of sensors, actuators, smart home devices and intelligent robots and is utilized as testbed for integration and research activities in the smart home, demand response and microgrid domains

In each newsletter, a partner organization will be briefly presented.
Project Events
The 1st International Conference on Energy Transition in the Mediterranean Area
28-30 May 2019 - Cagliary, Italy

Sustainable Places 2019
5-7 June 2019 - Cagliari, Italy

Global Forum
7-8 October 2019 - Angers, Fr
 If you are interested in the hot topic of Demand Response research in the EU, you may find interesting the following projects.

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Copyright © 2018 DRIMPAC consortium, All rights reserved.DRIMPAC Project Has Received Funding From The European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research And Innovation Programme Under Grant Agreement No. 768559. The newsletter Reflects Only The Authors’ Views And The European Union Is Not Liable For Any Use That May Be Made Of The Information Contained Therein.

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