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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 the DRIMPAC project, including interviews, upcoming events, project progress and achievements, information on the project partners and other related news. This issue is the third one, developed after the end of the first half of the project; it gives you an overview of the status of DRIMPAC and of the actions undertaken by DRIMPAC partners. The newsletter is published two times per year.
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DRIMPAC is a three-year project, started in September 2018, 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
The DRIMPAC consortium will  gather for its general assembly meeting in Saint-Julien-Mont-Denis on 9-11 of March 2020  at the premises of SOREA. The meeting will last three days, to have time to visit the French Pilot and will be attended by all partner organisations. The first day will be dealing with design and preparation of SOREA demonstration site, in order to evaluate the technical improvement made by the project. The following two days will be used to plan the moves for the second half of the project.
Demand Response (DR) is one of the most customer-dependent options among “smart grid” solutions, thus successful strategies aiming to achieve effective and reliable DR participation should be developed through deep understanding of end-users’ awareness, expectations and concerns. In this scope, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy hosted an educational training course on the 8 th of February 2020 at the University of Cyprus, where representatives of the pilot end-users as well as building/facility managers of the Cypriot pilot-site were invited.
The objective of the course was to address the role of DR in the evolving electricity market and how the two EU funded projects, DELTA and DRIMPAC, aim to provide innovative end-user-oriented DR solutions. Special Scientist Venizelos Venizelou, FOSS opened the course with an introduction to the current electricity market, the upcoming changes in the energy landscape and how DR has major role to play towards the future ‘Smart Grids’. A presentation by Special Scientist Alexis Frangoullides, FOSS was followed. The concept and objectives of the DELTA project were explicitly explained, while the deployment plans of the Cypriot pilot-site and the central role of the pilot end-users were described. Venizelos Venizelou continued with a presentation of the DRIMPAC project, where the objectives and  innovative solutions of the project were presented.
The course ended with an open discussion where the 20 attendees expressed their interest on engaging with the projects as well as their concerns about the limited energy flexibility potential and the impact of DR on their comfort level. UCY partners assured the participants that the implemented solutions will take both thermal and vision comfort levels into consideration, while the flexibility potential will be maximized through the innovative decision systems introduced by the projects. Attendees also voiced their interest in engaging in a competitive award system and suggested various incentives that will motivate them to actively participate in the projects.
The Smart Readiness Indicator - SRI is an indicator in study by the European Commission, which could serve as a tool to measure the efficiency of a building according to a standard indicator. MIWenergía has carried out an SRI study in a business building. This is a study within the development phase of the SRI and what helps ups in our commitment to new technologies and continuous investment in R&D to improve the service of our customers. This first study was carried out in the Magalia Business Center building, which participate in the Project DRIMPAC. This project use ICT tools to measure the ability of user to modify their customs thanks to the information provided by the smart sensor connected in the building. The SRI helps evaluate buildings based on their level of deployment of technological devices and the connectivity of those devices. Which help us make decisions more adjusted to the energy situation of the moment saving money on electricity bills and reducing CO2 emissions. MIWenergía published more about this in an article (in Spanish). Read it here!

Demand response and energy flexibility are essential for the European Union to underpin the green transition. Nowadays, despite the elimination of several barriers, demand response programs have not yet had the desires impact on energy systems mainly due to the fact that the smallest but most numerous consumers in the system, the residential users, remain disengaged from Demand Response services. DRIMPAC aims to develop a technical solution that will engage different building typologies to a unified framework and activate residencies to contribute their flexibility in a way that doesn’t intervene with occupants’ comfort and their daily routines.
DRIMPAC establishes an algorithmic framework to support optimized decision making for the dispatch of Explicit Demand Response (DR). These signals are personalized and based on consumers’ identified flexibility and response capability, preserving occupants’ comfort and daily schedules. Flexible residential devices (i.e. HVAC, lighting, DHW, EVs) are associated with different services based on their suitability-for-service (DR capacity, response time and duration of response).
In order to achieve these objectives, DRIMPAC aims to infiltrate inside the buildings and undertake control of several building assets capable to deliver their demand flexibility. For this reason, a monitoring and control system that will appropriately modify energy consumption to extract potential demand side flexibility has been deployed. In addition, a more sophisticated and complex software component, the Human-centric Demand Flexibility Extractor, highly cooperates with the monitoring/control system and is responsible to utilize collected data in order to perform an optimized calculation of building’s demand flexibility. 

DRIMPAC innovative solution is constituted by several tools that utilize physical and data driven models for the demand flexibility calculation based on a human-centric approach that preserves comfort and indoor quality. DRIMPAC demand flexibility extractor estimates the occupancy and personalized comfort profiles while it parameterizes device and building space models based on collected sensing and monitoring data. This approach aims to identify occupants’ comfort boundaries on multiple constituents such as indoor ambient conditions and estimate the corresponding power demands.  
Since, typically comfort is achieved within parameter boundaries, not only at exact values, leveraging the comfort levels in a small amount will modify energy consumption without resulting in occupants’ discomfort. DRIMPAC will use optimization algorithms for demand flexibility extraction per device/appliance inside the building. Flexibility extraction will be delivered with the control actions in the corresponding device/appliance in order to materialize load dispatching as a response to a Demand Response signal.
DRIMPAC human-centric approach has intended to include the value-added features that will enhance the acceptance of demand response programs by small prosumers and building occupants.

University of Cyprus (UCY) is the leading research university in Cyprus; it aspires to promote scholarship and education standards of excellence through teaching and research. In FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, significant research expertise from the UCY as well as from industry has been assembled that spans in multiple of fields: Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Chemical engineering, ICT, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Finance, as well as Architecture. The FOSS team aims, with the development of the necessary synergies, to create the impetus for the advancement of the field of energy. Members of the Centre represent Cyprus in European Energy Committees such as the Energy Committee for the Horizon 2020, the SET Plan, the European Technology and Innovation Platform SNET and PV and the European Standards Committees on PV.
Research work undertaken by the FOSS team is published at high impact journals as well as international conferences and has already been awarded for its scientific and technical merit.
FOSS is heavily involved in all spheres of sustainable energy spreading from sources of energy, smoothly merging RES in the integrated solutions of the grid, development of enabling technologies such as storage and ICT that will facilitate the seamless merging of sustainable technologies in the energy system of tomorrow, the complete transformation of energy use by the effective introduction of sustainable alternatives in meeting the needs for mobility, heating and cooling and exploring ways of achieving even higher levels of efficiency in all areas of the economy.

The FOSS group of the University of Cyprus serves as the facility manager of the entire university campus with regards to all energy aspects. The campus includes tens of buildings with uses ranging from offices, sport facilities, educational facilities, dormitories and even pure residential buildings that belong to the campus grid. FOSS defines the energy strategy of the university with the main aim to reach energy self-sufficiency. As a result, FOSS has a unique perspective of the energy needs of a variety of actors including energy users as well as network operators. FOSS, UCY will serve as the Demonstration Manager of the project and it will coordinate all the related activities by leading the corresponding tasks, including recruiting, engaging and training the building occupants for the demonstration activities as well as the coordination of the deployment of the DRMPAC solution to all the pilot-sites.
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Copyright © 2020 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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