Smart Innovation Norway wins 12th EU project:

“SENDER will develop the next generation of energy service applications and puts consumers at the heart of the market”

This week, Smart Innovation Norway learned that the Horizon 2020 proposal SENDER, submitted to the European Commission in January, has been approved – and the company will receive nearly 1 million euros over a four-year period to coordinate the project.

By Mari Kristine Buckholm, 24th of April 2020

“This new approved project, called SENDER, is the twelfth in our short story. It represents the confirmation that our work in the company, and especially in our R&I department, is appreciated and valuable for Europe. The projects are always based on the collaboration with international partners, and the success we are obtaining in the European arena confirms that the confidence and trust our partners place on us is well deserved, comments Head of Research & Innovation at Smart Innovation Norway, Dieter Hirdes.

The SENDER project is an innovation project presented to a call in the Horizon 2020 programme, which is the largest EU research and innovation programme ever. The project answers the topic ‘Consumer engagement and demand response’ and has received a total funding of EUR 6 million from the European Commission.

“SENDER will develop the next generation of energy service applications for demand-response, home-automation, -convenience and -security. It puts consumers at the heart of the energy market by engaging them in a co-creation process with other actors from the energy domain,” informs Joseph Negreira, Project Coordinator for SENDER and International Project Manager at Smart Innovation Norway.

Consumers and grid operators at the core

The idea behind the project is related to the context of continuously increasing, highly distributed renewable generation. Grid operators require more flexibility from the grid, to balance the increase of uncontrollable Renewable Energy Source production.

“Consumers are at the core of the energy system and thus at the centre of developing Demand Response services. These services are expected to massively increase the efficiency and hosting capacity of distribution networks in the mid-term. It will allow for the utilization of flexibility in the distribution grid which will serve to improve frequency stability and congestion management,” says Negreira.

He explains that grid operators are the second group of SENDER core beneficiaries. The project results will increase the efficiency and hosting capacity of distribution grids by improving the quality of load forecasts and by providing access to load flexibility. This will allow to improve frequency stability, congestion management and increased Renewable Energy Source integration.

“In addition, monetarization on the flexibility potential will be provided by the participation in balancing and regulatory power markets,” notes Negreira.

EUR 6 million to make an impact

The project will last 48 months and is based on a consortium which gathers 15 organisations from seven European countries. Smart Innovation Norway is the project coordinator. The other two Norwegian project partners, NTNU and NXTech, are part of the Smart Innovation Norway’s managed NCE Smart Energy Markets cluster.

“Apart from the demonstrated experience in managing research and innovation projects under different European framework programmes, the European Commission evaluators considered the technical proposed work and objectives together with the proposed implementation plan to be excellent. They estimated that the SENDER project will have a big impact in Europe. The exploitation and communication plans were also considered very good as part of the strategy for maximising the impact,” reveals Negreira (photo).

He adds:

“The total funding of 6 million euros, which is higher than the average, will allow the consortium to perform all the proposed work with the sufficient resources to obtain the expected high-quality outcomes.”

As the SENDER project coordinator, Smart Innovation Norway will receive approximately EUR 1 million (NOK 11 million) over the four-year project lifespan. In addition to having the overall coordinator role, the Norwegian research and innovation company will lead the work package ‘Business models, exploitation and roadmap’.

“Our involvement in all other technical work packages will also be important in order to monitor the quality of the development and guarantee the quality of the project’s outcomes,” concludes Negreira.

The SENDER project and its consortium is expected to start the technical work after the summer of 2020.

SENDER consortium partners:

  1. Smart Innovation Norway, Norway
  2. Anonymous Industrial Trading Company of Information and New Technology, Greece
  3. Centre for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia, Italy
  4. Trialog, France
  5. NXTech, Norway
  6. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  7. University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria
  8. Euroquality, France
  9. Ecoserveis, Spain
  10. Distribution of Electrical Energy of Alginet, Spain
  11. Weizer Energy and Innovation Centre, Austria
  12. Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
  13. Paragon, Greece
  14. Austrian Institute of Technologies, Austria
  15. QUE technologies, Greece