Hypertech Energy Labs have been awarded a large R&D contract from the European Commission (Project Acronym: WiseGRID) focusing on the development of innovative tools and novel business models that can facilitate the wide deployment of Smart Grids and Demand Response around Europe. Hypertech Energy Labs constitute a leading member of an international consortium of renowned academic and industrial partners, led by ETRA I+D and actively involving ICCS/NTUA, AUEB, HEDNO, Aegean Energy Agency and EPA (Greece), Bouygues Energy Services (France), Engineering, ASM Terni and E-Motion (Italy), Romanian Energy Centre (Romania), ECOPOWER, RESCoop.EU and Partago (Belgium), Enercoop, Ampere, ITE and AENOR (Spain), Varta (Germany) and Queen Mary University (United Kingdom).

WiseGRID is a light-house project co-funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Programme/ Topic LCE 2 – 2016: Demonstration of smart grid, storage and system integration technologies with increasing share of renewables: distribution system. The project has officially been launched on November 1st 2016, its duration is 42 months and it has a total budget of €17.6M.

WiseGRID has two intertwined and equally important strategic goals: on the one hand, it aims at successfully putting in the market, within a horizon of 24 months after project completion, a set of solutions and technologies which increase the smartness, stability and security of an open, consumer-centric European energy grid, with an enhanced use of storage technologies and a highly increased share of RES. On the other hand, the project intends to have a significant impact in the business and innovation activities of the consortium -with a planned ROI for the partners of less than 30 months after commercialisation of WiseGRID products and services starts- and the European sector at large, contributing to the creation of jobs, the access to new energy services of citizens and public/private organisations, the saving of CO2, and the increase of RES, among other impacts.

The achievement of these strategic goals will involve the four aspects addressed by LCE-02-2016: (a) Demand Response, (b) Smartening the Distribution Grid, (c) Demonstrating Energy Storage Technologies and (d) the Smart Integration of Grid Users from Transport.

WiseGRID technologies and solutions will be packed within 9 different products, the impact of which will be demonstrated under real life conditions in 4 large scale demonstrators –in Belgium, Italy, Spain and Greece-. In order to facilitate the assessment of the performance, transferability and scalability of these solutions, the demonstrations will be conducted following 7 high level use cases.

The involvement of Hypertech Energy Labs in the WiseGRID project is mainly focused on the configuration and demonstration of innovative solutions for Context-based demand flexibility profilng, Consumers' flexibility analysis, Demand Response strategies optimization and Human-Centric Lighting and HVAC automation.