HYPERTECH Energy Labs have been awarded a new R&D contract from the European Commission (Project SENDER: Sustainable Consumer engagement and demand response)

A key feature of the SENDER solution will be its pro-activeness, characterized by the fact that, unlike current demand-response systems, consumers will not react to signals received from the market and grid operators. Sensor data from the consumer’s premises and the environment will be collected and processed in a cyber-secure way to identify typical pro-/consumption patterns based on artificial intelligence technologies. The clustering of identified characteristics according to gender and climatic conditions, values, will allow creating highly accurate, predictive consumption/load patterns of digital twins that represent various consumer/prosumer profiles. The acquired sensor data will also be processed so that they can be used for applications in the areas of home automation, supervision, security, convenience and assisted living. The open interface among the actors and services together with the extensive testing and validation will enhance the interoperability and interchangeability of the different components of the developed solution. This will make it possible to use legacy systems and/or thirdparty applications and enables new business models that will be analysed during this project. Some of them focused on the role of the DSO as a facilitator; others focusing on energy communities and cooperatives as local actors that will actively take over the role of aggregators of their members´ assets. The envisaged co-creation process will also be continuously utilized to actively prepare this kind of community engagement during and after the project.

Hypertech Energy Labs constitute a leading member of an international consortium of renowned academic and industrial partners, actively involving Smart Innovation Norway, NXTech and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), Anonymous Industrial Trading Company of Information and New Technology, Paragon and QUE technologies (Greece), Centre for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia (Italy), Trialog and Euroquality (France), University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Weizer Energy and Innovation Centre and Austrian Institute of Technologies (Austria), Ecoserveis and Distribution of Electrical Energy of Alginet (Spain) and Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland).

Hypertech as a main partner will participate to the solution development by participating to the definition of the architecture of the system and to the package solution definition. Hypertech will also adapt and design the IoT framework that is responsible for information collection and analyse the data to improve the solution and participate to the monitoring of the demonstration sites. Hypertech will be responsible for developing the flexibility solution for demand response based on previous projects and ensure its interoperability

SENDER is a project co-funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Programme/ Topic: LC-SC3-EC-3-2020 - Consumer engagement and demand response. The project has officially been launched on September 1st 2020, its duration is 48 months and it has a total budget of €6.7M.

SENDER’s overall aim is to develop and test the next generation of energy service applications for demand response, home-automation and -convenience addressed in the topic LC-SC3-EC-3-2020 “Consumer Engagement and Demand Response”. SENDER takes into account that consumers/prosumers are at the heart of the energy market by engaging them directly in a co-creation process with other actors from the energy domain during the design, development and utilization of pro-active demand response mechanisms. These mechanisms will be paired with cross-sectoral, value-adding services that will be defined according to consumer/prosumer preferences. SENDER builds upon the results of several completed H2020 projects and creates a strong connection with ongoing ones. Moreover, SENDER aims for a very high degree of replicability based on the insights and experiences from the three pilots that are planned.