The SENSIBLE consortium brings together partners from six European countries: Germany, Finland, France, Portugal, Spain and UK.
The University of Nottingham (UoN) is a research-led University in the United Kingdom with annual research awards totalling €150 million. It has the largest number of top-rated (by Higher Education Funding Council) Departments in UK Universities for research following Cambridge, Oxford and London Universities. It is the home of many ground breaking discoveries and inventions such as magnetic resonance imaging, and is also the 4th ranked UK University for research grant income from private industry. The University of Nottingham has participated extensively in EU funded research. UoN brings a multi-disciplinary team to SENSIBLE. The Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) Group has a reputation for world leading research into power conversion technologies (as demonstrated in FP6 through the UNIFLEX-PM project). Efficient power and energy management underpin the many collaborative R&D projects undertaken with industry, and recent work with Cummins, EON and through HUBNET look to develop energy management technologies for future smart-grid systems. The Architecture, Climate and Environment research group, is internationally leading in energy efficiency in the built environment, typified by the Creative Energy Homes, a project focusing on new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable housing. Their experience with engaging all stakeholders within housing communities will drive the societal impact work of WP5. The Business Engagement and Innovation Services team at UNOTT will lead commercial exploitation of findings and technologies developed as part of this project.
ADEVICE is a Spanish SME (Small Medium Enterprise) that designs and manufactures wireless connectivity devices aimed to help systems integrators build the Internet of Things. This is achieved by offering an interface for data which abstracts the complexity of wireless networks and reducing the maintenance costs with unattended devices. ADEVICE also provides specific solutions to customers that want to push forward the technology. ADEVICE upholds the performance needed by leveraging continuous innovation, participating in Research and Development projects with industry leaders and research facilities.
ARMINES is a private non-profit research and technological organisation (RTO) funded in 1967 at the instigation of its partner engineering schools, the Ecoles des Mines network. ARMINES currently shares 48 Joint Research Units (Common Research Centres) with its partner schools, where each legal entity, either private or public, provides personnel, investment and operating resources for common research purpose. Under the supervision of the French Ministry for Productive Recovery, ARMINES is bound by French government-approved agreements to its partner schools of the Ecoles des Mines network: Paris (Mines ParisTech), AlbiCarmaux (Mines Albi-Carmaux), Alès (Mines Alès), Douai (Mines Douai), Nantes (Mines Nantes) and Saint-Etienne (ENSM-SE). ARMINES also collaborates with ENSTA ParisTech. In this specific context, ARMINES operates within the framework of the law of 18 April 2006, which allows public sector higher education or research establishments to entrust private-sector organisations with their contractual research activities. With a total turnover of more than €47 million (2012), ARMINES has held on to the top spot amongst private contract research institutions affiliated to higher education establishments. ARMINES is also member of EARTO (European Association of RTOs), EIRMA (European Industrial Research Association Management) and the Carnot Institute Association.
EDP Labelec, the official SENSIBLE partner, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the EDP Group and is the Group’s Technical Excellence Centre. The state-of-the-art testing/ laboratorial facilities, the consulting services in the field of electricity (from production to consumption, energy transport, energy distribution, energy efficiency, renewable energies, etc.) and the extensive experience in grid studies, metering / smart metering testing and validation and electrochemical analysis has made EDP Labelec a reference laboratory in the electricity field.
Empower IM Oy is an independent service provider whose main business domain is the energy markets and related services. Empower IM provides a wide range of flexible energy market services and IT-solutions to utilities and energy intensive industry. The company’s solutions support all the different processes involved in the market – from the meter to invoicing the customer and money received by the power company. The offered services can be divided into three different categories: Energy Market Services, Smart Grid Solutions and Energy Sector IT Systems. In addition to the services, Empower IM provides its own IT-systems in the fields of Customer Information Management, Energy Data Management and Energy Portfolio Management.
Green Power Technologies S.L. (GPTech) is a technologically-based company, established in 2002, that provides integral solutions principally focused on the grid integration of solar and energy storage systems, as well as on energy management systems and high voltage energy transport. They focus on four top product lines: Advance Power Integration Solutions, Multi-Level Solar Inverters, Energy Management Systems and Plug and Play Storage Solutions. GPTech implements electronics technology to control power electronic equipment and offers a wide range of innovative products, completely developed with its own resources and adapted to all the requirements demanded by each market. GPTech is composed mostly of Industrial and Telecommunication Engineers, who have extensive experience in the development of engineering projects, design and development teams, Research and Development and field execution, and commissioning of facilities and supplies. This all occurs in the energy sector, ie., the promotion of renewable energy and improved efficiency.The company has an active presence in key markets such as the EU, USA, Latin America, South Africa and India, with around 2,5 GW (gigawatt) installed capacity in Photovoltaic, Wind Energy renewable and Energy Storage power plants with GPTech solutions.
Indra is one of the main global consulting and technology companies, and is the technological partner for the key operations of its clients’ businesses throughout the world. It offers a comprehensive range of its own solutions and cutting edge services with added technological value, which creates a unique culture that is reliable, flexible and adaptable to its clients’ needs.
Indra is a world leader in the development of comprehensive technological solutions in fields such as Defense & Security, Transport & Traffic, Energy & Industry, Telecommunications & Media, Financial Services and Public Administrations & Healthcare. Through its Minsait unit, it provides a response to the challenges of digital transformation.
In 2014 it reported revenues of 2.850 billion euros, employed 37,000 professionals, had a local presence in 46 countries, and delivered projects in more than 140 countries.
INESC TEC is a private non-profit institution having as associates the University of Porto, INESC and the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. Under INESC TEC, 13 Centres are active in research, technology transfer, intellectual property and software licenses management, knowledge valorisation and launching of spin-off companies. Its main areas are Telecommunications and Multi-media, Power Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Industrial Management, Information and Computer Graphics Systems, Optoelectronics and Electronic Systems, Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Real Time Systems, Computer Science, Critical Software Systems and Innovation, Biomedical. The Centre for Power and Energy Systems (CPES) is INESC TEC’s main participant in the areas of electrical energy. It is internationally recognised for its expertise in problems relating to the integration of renewable energy in power systems, distributed generation and smart-grids, the areas traditionally associated with planning and operating power systems.
K&S GmbH Projektmanagement (K&S) specialises in supporting funded Research and Development (R&D) projects in the areas of Proposal Management, Project Management and Project Financial Controlling. In the past, K&S has supported many Funding Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020 proposals or national funding applications, and has been involved in several FP7, H2020 and national funded projects, supporting the coordinator in the execution of project management. K&S follows the globally recognized standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), which defines processes and tools for the management of scope, time, cost, communication, quality, risks, human resources or procurement. With experienced staff, proven workflows and matured templates, K&S contributes to the overall process of R&D projects.
Mozes (Meadows Ozone Energy Services Ltd) is a not-for-profit Community Energy group serving the Meadows, an inner city community of some 9,000 inhabitants in central Nottingham. The ESCO has carried out education projects with local schools, training and employment initiatives with local young people, new technology projects, performance evaluation projects (with University of Nottingham) and behavioural product design projects (with Goldsmiths College, London). It has set up a zero interest green loans initiative for local residents, set up PV installations on over 75 buildings in the area and given householders energy efficiency advice.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. In fiscal 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, Siemens generated revenue from continuing operations of €71.9 billion and net income of €5.5 billion. At the end of September 2014, the company had around 357,000 employees worldwide. Corporate Technology (CT) plays a key role in R&D at Siemens. Corporate Technology works closely with the R&D teams in the Siemens´ Divisions and Business Units. CT provides expertise regarding strategically important areas.
Siemens SA (head offices in Amadora, Lisbon area), a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG, is a powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering. Operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas, Siemens holds leading market positions in all its business areas. Siemens SA, with roughly 2520 employees speaking over 20 foreign languages, with two production facilities and 14 competence centres, works to design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements. These Competence Centres operate in the fields of energy, infrastructures & Cities – namely in Smart-Grids – health, IT and shared services and many of them are strongly connected to important future areas such as software and IT technologies. They provide services within the Siemens world to over 40 countries on five continents and currently employ about 40% of its employees. Established in Portugal for over 109 years, Siemens stands for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. Innovation is Siemens’ most important growth and productivity driver. In Siemens SA, every year dozens of Siemens employees are involved in Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) projects and the company invests more than a million euros in this area, fostering more than 70 local partnerships with academic and scientific institutions and the Portuguese industries. These partnerships already helped to promote more than 100 IDI projects, some developed by masters students, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates and others through Research Grants.
The University of Seville (US) is the third largest university in Spain and comprises approximately 400 research groups, 5000 teaching and research employees, and 65000 students. The Electronic Engineering Group (US-GIE), located in the School of Engineering, was created in 2002 and is one of the largest research groups of the university with more than 60 members (19 PhD and 7 PhD students). The Electronic Technology Group (US-GTE) – part of the Department of Electronic Engineering – is a research group, consolidated within Andalusian Plan of Research of Junta de Andalucía. This Group has 24 researchers , 12 of whom are doctoral students. Over the past 13 years, both, US-GIE and US-GTE, have participated in several local and international projects.
The Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm (THN) is the second largest state-run university of applied sciences in Bavaria, Germany. Organized in 12 departments, 10 institutes (regular as well as affiliated) and 9 interdisciplinary research centers, the university has 12.500 students and more than 300 professors. In 2013, as one of only four universities of applied sciences in Bavaria, THN was awarded the status of a Technical University by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science. Furthermore, it is one of the most successful universities of applied sciences throughout Germany in terms of raising third party Research and Technological Development (RTD) funding.