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Flexible renewable power: Spain to triple solar thermal capacity by 2030

Sunny Southern Europe will become increasingly connected to its Central and Northern European neighbours with the ongoing development of cross border interconnectors. This is one of the crucial factors behind Spain’s decision to include an additional 5 GW capacity from STE/CSP plants in its Integrated National Energy and Climate plan (NECP). Complete with inherent storage capabilities, STE can provide flexible, dispatchable power […]

March 14th, 2019|Latest News|

Centrica eyes gigawatts of household solar and storage

Centrica hopes to tap domestic flexibility by targeting households with solar power, selling them battery storage and heat pumps and tying it all together through energy management systems.

According to latest government data, there are some 976,000 solar PV installations in Great Britain. By volume, the vast majority (93 per cent) are sub-4kW, suggesting around 900,000 households […]

February 25th, 2019|Latest News|

Energy Efficiency with Demand Response: Can a Single Business Model Solve Both Problems?

Buildings need to become more energy efficient but also need to have greater energy flexibility to allow them to use more energy when it is cheap and clean. The NOVICE project has been examining how we can combine energy efficiency with demand response flexibility in non-domestic buildings by testing a new business model in which […]

February 21st, 2019|Latest News|

EDF Energy to pilot solar energy trading in Brixton

It aims to increase customers’ renewable energy use and enable them to buy and sell electricity to neighbours

Residents in Brixton in London will soon be able to trade solar energy with one another as part of new a pilot programme.

Dubbed ‘CommUNITY’, it is being run by EDF Energy with Repowering London and UCL’s Energy Institute, which aims to increase […]

February 18th, 2019|Latest News|

New factsheet on making DRM easier for aggregators

Sim4Blocks is producing a series of informative and fun factsheets to highlight some of the research and results in the project so far. A third factsheet has been published looking at the role of the aggregator.

The factsheet explains the significant role aggregators play in balancing the grid and providing customers with competitive tariffs that help […]

February 11th, 2019|Latest News|

AIT publish two papers on end-user programming in smart housing

Scientists at the Austrian Institute of Technology have published two papers on recent research on end-user programming in smart homes, investigating the complexities and challenges facing form-filling and data-flow visual programming.

Sim4Blocks’ partner, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) has published two papers based on research collated on the project and from wider investigations, on the evaluations […]

February 7th, 2019|Latest News|

Frédéric Amblard

As a PhD student, Frédéric is thoroughly enjoying his experience working with Sim4Blocks and is learning to efficiently manage the numerous challenges he faces whilst developing his skillset.
February 5th, 2019|Latest News, People Profiles|

Call for papers: Everyday Automation Experience workshop

Poster submissions and the call for participation are still open for the unique one-off workshop, Everyday Automation Experience, which is being led by a multitude of researchers and scientists in the field of automated systems in smart homes and the subsequent human reactions, to investigate the requirements and design criteria for non-expert users encountering ubiquitous […]

February 5th, 2019|Latest News|

Jordi Cipriano attends Catalan Energy Institute training course

At the end of 2018, Jordi Cipriano, director of the Building Energy and Environment Group at CIMNE, attended a training course on almost zero energy consumption buildings (nZEB) hosted by the Catalan Energy Institute in Spain.

The introduction course on trends and business opportunities was the sixth session of six on nZEB. The construction of […]

January 31st, 2019|Latest News|

Fabien Kuchler

Having worked extensively on district and city energy, Fabien is using his expertise to help develop new business models for DR systems.
January 29th, 2019|Latest News, People Profiles|