The FLEXMETER consortium consists of five industrial companies (IREN, TI, SIVECO, STM, EON), one research institution (JRC) and five universities (POLITO, INPG, UPB, AACHEN, UNIBO). The competence of FLEXMETER project partners covers a wide spectrum of knowledge needed to ensure the successful completion of the project. In this way, the consortium includes, two energy distributors (IREN, EON) that will make available their network for demonstration activities in WP6. Demonstration will take place in two different countries, namely Italy exploiting IREN network and Sweden exploiting EON network. As such, the demonstration will cover two heterogeneous European areas.

Two ICT companies (TI and STM) will provide their expertise to create the software and communication infrastructure. TI in particular will cover telecommunication and data processing activities, while STM will provide its expertise on smart metering technology. SIVECO will contribute on business models and analysis to make FLEXMETER a concrete solution in the retail market scenario.

Academic partners will contribute with their research experience on ICT (POLITO, UNIBO, AACHEN) as well as on energy network design and management (POLITO, AACHEN, UPB, INPG) to the design and development of the FLEXMETER architecture.

The participation of JRC will support together with POLITO the link with European research initiatives is fulfilled in this project as well as the appropriate dissemination activities at both industrial and research level.

POLITO shows a large effort in this project, participating with two departments: DAUIN – Computer engineering and automation, and DENERG – Energetics. Also, POLITO acts as coordinator of the project. The project leverages a strong industrial participation and contribution in all the strategic domains relevant for the target of the project: from the hardware smart meter devices (STM), to data communication and processing (TI) to reach the requirements of the final industrial users (IREN and EON) in the evaluation part. In parallel, the strong academic support in these fields will help developing innovative solutions: POLITO will collaborate on the development of software running on the FLEXMETER gateway solution, while UNIBO will design effective data communication and processing strategies to optimize the collection of energy data thanks to its expertise on data compression techniques and wireless network protocols. UPB, INPG and RTWH will contribute on the development of demand-response algorithms based on the collected data. RTWH will also contribute on the evaluation side by developing simulation scenarios to extend the evaluation to additional use cases with respect to the use case implemented for the demonstrators. Business and strategic aspects will be covered by SIVECO, JRC and POLITO. As such we envision a strong collaboration between industry and academia, namely POLITO/UPB/INPG/RTWH and IREN/EON and between UNIBO and TI.

FLEXMETER touches 4 countries (ITALY, GERMANY, FRANCE, SWEDEN, ROMANIA), bringing different markets and industrial needs. These different needs and realities will be embedded in the FLEXMETER solution, so to develop a product and related services able to answer to a wide European need streamlining the necessity of cost containment and improved service provision. This will be evidently also translated in an easiest approach to FLEXMETER trans-national commercialisation.

From a geographic viewpoint, the number of Italian partners is functional to the development of activities on the Turin demonstrator. However this is well balanced by the strong presence of many other countries covering all corners of Europe. The demonstrator in Sweden will extend the Turin one in a completely different geographic site.

 

Consortium details
  1. POLITECNICO DI TORINO (POLITO)
  2. IREN ENERGIA SPA (IREN)
  3. STMICROELECTRONICS SRL (STM)
  4. TELECOM ITALIA S.p.A (TI)
  5. RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN (AACHEN)
  6. INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE (INPG)
  7. UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI (UPB)
  8. SIVECO ROMANIA SA (SIVECO)
  9. ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA (UNIBO)
  10. E.ON SVERIGE AB (EON)
  11. JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE (JRC)