News 2 October 2023

InterSTORE project 3rd General Assembly and X Lab visit

InterSTORE project 3rd General Assembly and X Lab visit

Rome, Italy – September 29, 2023

At the end of September InterSTORE consortium partners were gathered for the 3rd General Assembly of the project in Rome, Italy.

The aim of this meeting was to facilitate communication, decision-making and collaboration to maintain alignment, transparency and progress of the tasks.

Each work package leader presented their respective activities, updates and challenges. Each presentation was followed by a discussion on open points toward InterSTORE goals and milestones. In the framework of the WP6 related to communication, the discussion was addressed towards improving communication and collaboration among consortium partners.


Key Outcomes and Initiatives regarding the Data Spaces:

1) Integration with IEEE 2030.5 Standard: The consortium affirmed its intention to incorporate the IEEE 2030.5 standard into its Data space. IEEE 2030.5, a standard facilitating communication between the smart grid and consumers, is built on Internet of Things (IoT) principles.

2) Implementation of POST Method: The connector will now allow the implementation of the POST method in third party created services, particularly crucial for communication by Flexibility Service Providers. This enhancement is set to streamline and improve communication processes.

3) Deployment of Data Space Connector: Five use cases within the project are gearing up to deploy the Data space connector, marking a significant step towards real-world application.

Upcoming Activities:

As the project continues to evolve, several key activities are on the horizon:

  • Finalizing IEEE 2030.5 Converter Specification: The partners are diligently finalizing the specification for the IEEE 2030.5 converter in Deliverable 1.3, titled “Specification for the interoperable software tools.”
  • Advisory Board Engagement: The project’s Advisory Board is actively engaging stakeholders to ensure a holistic and well-informed approach.
  • HESS Sizing Methodology: InescTec has developed the first version of the Hybrid Energy Storage System (HESS) sizing methodology.
  • Testing Procedures: Rigorous testing procedures are being established to ensure the reliability and efficacy of the project’s solutions.
  • Energy Management System (EMS) Enhancements: The new features of the EMS have been defined in D1.4, “Specification for the new Energy Management System for hybrid storage.”
  • Data-Driven Initiatives Analysis: An ongoing analysis of data-driven initiatives and relevant project outcomes is underway.
  • Use Cases and Scenarios Definition: The consortium is actively working on defining use cases and scenarios for data exchange, a critical component of the project’s success.
  • Interoperable Data Space Framework: The development and release of the Interoperable Data Space Framework’s first release are in progress.
  • Business Model Canvas Configuration: The complete business model canvas is being configured to guide the project’s sustainable growth.

The General Assembly also included a visit to the Enel X premises, offering partners valuable insights into the practical application of their work. The X lab tour provided a glimpse into three distinct testing fields:

  1. X Lab 1: This field serves as a testing ground for medium-scale solutions, accommodating middle residential, small commercial, and industrial scenarios. It offers both off-grid and on-grid testing modes, AC/DC hybrid testing, and interoperability testing for a wide range of AC or DC devices.
  2. X Lab 3: Tailored for small-scale solutions, X Lab 3 boasts four interconnected microgrids, including two 9 kW scale DC microgrids that can scale up to 140 kW when operating at 750 VDC and two 15 kVA scale AC microgrids.
  3. X Lab 5: Designed for large-scale solutions, this space allows for various test configurations, including High Power Charging (HPC) station integration with energy-intensive supercapacitors, large-scale solution integration (including PV, EESS, and e-mobility), energy flexibility management, and building energy management.

The 3rd General Assembly of the InterSTORE consortium has laid the foundation for a future where smart energy solutions are seamlessly integrated, empowering consumers and advancing sustainability. With a roadmap filled with exciting initiatives, the consortium is poised to shape the energy landscape of tomorrow.