In January 2024, the Horizon Europe project ODEON started its mission to revolutionise the Green and Digital Energy transition through the creation of an inclusive ecosystem of stakeholders characterized by the integration of a mesh of Data, Intelligence, Service, and Market flows. ODEON enables the resilient operation of the energy system considering the increased integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and the effective orchestration of flexibility from assets residing at the edges of the system. With a budget of 22,56 M€ allocated over four years, the project represents a significant stride toward a sustainable, secure, and competitive energy supply. Coordinated by ETRA, ODEON is set to make an impact with a consortium of 34 partners from thirteen European countries.

ODEON aims to promote connectivity, interoperability, and seamless data exchange between different stakeholders in the energy sector, prioritising privacy, and data protection. It advocates for increased investment in electricity grids to facilitate a smarter and more resilient energy system, alongside accelerated deployment of digital solutions. Additionally, it focuses on empowering consumers, especially those vulnerable or with low digital skills, to participate in the energy transition while protecting them against high energy prices online as they are currently off-line. ODEON underscores the importance of enhancing cybersecurity, addressing the energy consumption of digital technologies, and promoting greater efficiency and circularity. Ultimately, it seeks to establish a coordinated EU-wide approach to drive green and digital energy transition.

To achieve these goals, ODEON provides a set of five innovations for transforming the energy sector. It introduces a reference Federated Energy Data Spaces implementation that facilitates the integration of the value chain around energy, employs Artificial Intelligence (AI) for efficiency, and ensures network resilience for DSOs. But also, it supports cost reduction and autonomy for Local Energy Communities (LECs)/Aggregators and enables transparent energy transactions for prosumers through tailored marketplaces.

ODEON showcases its innovation through five large-scale demonstrators in Greece, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, and France. The demonstrators involve a diverse range of energy sources, networks, IoT infrastructure, systems, and assets, which are implemented across heterogeneous, climatic, geographic, and socio-economic conditions and sizes. This diversity facilitates replicability, scale-up, and eventual market launch after the project ends.

Thanks to these efforts, ODEON could help revolutionise the energy system through its Cloud-Edge Data and Intelligence technology, fostering inclusivity and collective intelligence to drive decarbonisation and resilience of the energy system. By empowering citizens, prosumers, and LECs, ODEON promotes effective engagement while leveraging data from diverse energy actors to enhance grid management and facilitate the integration of RES, ultimately reducing CO2 emissions. Finally, through increased data availability and transparency, ODEON establishes a new economy around energy data exchange, ensuring interoperability and trust across the energy value chain.

 

For media inquiries and further information, please contact:

Moisés Antón (ETRA)

Project Coordinator

[email protected]

 

UBITECH ENERGY participated in the KoM of THUNDER project hosted in Genoa, Italy in 30th to 31st of January 2024

THUNDER project aims to overcome existing barriers hampering the wide adoption of waste heat from Data Centres. To support the efficiency of DC heat recovery the storage systems and their flexibility are important. THUNDER solutions stretch across the value chain (datacentre, innovative storage providers, heat pump providers, and district energy company operators) and will be validated in field conditions at a Demo Site in Bulgaria.

UBITECH ENERGY’s role in this project is to:

  • contribute to WP1, WP4, WP5, WP6
  • assist in the definition of the monitoring plan for the operational stage of the Demo
  • support the WP2 and WP7 activities 

     

UBITECH ENERGY  participates in the project as the technical coordinator and the WP2 leader.

 

The official launch of the ODEON project took place in Valencia, Spain, on 9th and 10th of January 2023. ODEON’s mission is to revolutionise the Digital Energy transition by providing federated data and intelligence orchestration. Addressing EU energy challenges, our project integrates Smart IoT Platforms and decentralized intelligence to enhance resilience and sustainability.

In ODEON, UBITECH ENERY is leading the exploitation activities and is responsible for the Energy/Data Assets Landscaping activities. In that meeting, the actions to be performed within the task and the methodology that will be followed well presented as well as the next steps for the upcoming months.

The SINNOGENES project, for which UBITECH ENERGY handles technical coordination, aims to establish a comprehensive framework of methodologies, tools, and technologies (SINNO energy toolkit). This toolkit is designed to facilitate the transition to clean energy by offering innovative energy storage solutions and flexible power generation. It ensures system compatibility and compliance with distributed energy storage standards for participation in flexibility markets.

UBITECH ENERGY contributes to the project activities both as a technical partner via the leadership of two tasks,
namely T4.4: The EVELIXIA Autonomous District Decision Support Services and T4.6: The integrated B2G
and G2B Services Layer, as well as Data, Ethics and Security Manager of the project, leading also T8.4:
Data, Ethics, Security Management. In the framework of EVELIXIA, UBE develops Innovative technology
Solutions for Building-to-Grid Services (DSM Services Advisor tool), as well as for Grid-to-Building
Services (Grid Investment Planning Assistant tool, Multi-vector Network Manager tool, Smart Grid
Maintenance tool).

UBITECH ENERGY actively engaged in the fourth plenary meeting of DATA CELLAR, held on November 23rd and 24th, 2023, in Gijon, Spain. As

UBITECH ENERGY attended Enlit Europe that was held in Paris from November 28 to 30, representing the ENFLATE project. Within ENLIT, ENFLATE in collaboration with BeFlexible and STREAM projects held a session titled “Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?” that attracted over 150 attendees sparking discussions on customer engagement.

The panel discussion was moderated by Zabala Innovation Europe and featured speakers with expertise in the energy sector:

  • Katerina Drivakou (UBITECH ENERGY), ENFLATE Project Coordinator
  • Fernando David Martin Utrilla (i-DE), BEFLEXIBLE Project Coordinator
  • Jan Jeriha (University of Ljubljana), Stream Project Coordinator.
  • Ricardo Bessa (INESC TEC), Keynote Speaker

The panel delved into critical topics surrounding flexibility markets, offering valuable insights into the energy sector’s future possibilities. Discussion points included barriers and motivations driving consumer engagement, platform interoperability, and evolving regulatory frameworks. The session emphasized a paradigm shift towards intelligent grid connectivity for consumers, recognizing the demand for incentives, education, feedback, and support in active participation.

Key takeaways from the keynote speaker included the challenge of long-term customer engagement in flexibility markets, the potential of a combination of monetary and non-monetary incentives to unlock flexibility, the need for increased consumer information and energy literacy, and the bottleneck of low voltage grids for decarbonization, requiring new planning and operational paradigms.

The main takeaways from the panel discussion were:

  • Customer engagement is crucial for demand response services, however it requires well-designed incentives for consumers, as well as continuous feedback and support.
  • Interoperability between platforms, systems, and services is fundamental for fast and cost-effective flexibility exploitation.
  • There is a growing challenge of accommodating new types of services and business models for prosumers and grid operators to facilitate Distributed Energy Resources (DER) integration in the energy system.
  • From a regulatory perspective, integrating the flexibility services to the current energy system is a quite challenging process especially when it comes to the implementation of cost-reflective network charges, the establishment of flexible connection agreements and the market-based procurement of flexibility.

You can find the session’s presentation here

The GINNGER consortium marked the initiation of its project activities during the official project kick-off meeting held on November 8th and 9th, 2023, in Zaragoza, Spain. This significant event convened over 40 representatives from 20 project partners across various European countries. During this inaugural gathering, the consortium formally launched their ambitious undertaking.

The primary focus of the first day revolved around mutual introductions and fostering a comprehensive understanding of all project-related facets, including descriptions. Specifically, partners engaged in in-depth discussions about the intricacies of each work package, aiming to achieve a thorough understanding of their individual roles and responsibilities within the project.

On the second day, the primary emphasis was placed on the project’s six different demonstration sites situated in Spain, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Italy, and France, with the aim of exploring their unique attributes and requirements.

UBITECH ENERGY plays a crucial role in GINNGER as the leader of Subtask 4.2.4, i.e., responsible for the development of the blockchain-based Flexibility Marketplace and its implementation in the field. In general, Task 4.2 deals with the Development of the digital solutions from the Energy Block (i.e., Forecasting Module, Energy Management Tool, EC Creation and Operation Tool and Flexibility Marketplace). Within this context, UBE will use the blockchain technology to develop this digital marketplace in a secure and transparent way and enable the consumers in the neighborhoods to exchange their renewable energy generated, their storage capacity and/or possibly provide ancillary services to the grid, following a demand response approach.