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Universities, R&D Groups and Academic Networks

SMARTGREENS is a unique forum for universities, research groups and research projects to present their research and scientific results, be it by presenting a paper, hosting a tutorial or instructional course or demonstrating its research products in demo sessions, by contributing towards panels and discussions in the event's field of interest or by presenting their project, be it by setting up an exhibition booth, by being profiled in the event's web presence or printed materials or by suggesting keynote speakers or specific thematic sessions.

Special conditions are also available for Research Projects which wish to hold meetings at INSTICC events.

Current Academic Partners:

Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing (NESUS)

Ultrascale systems are envisioned as large-scale complex systems joining parallel and distributed computing systems that will be two to three orders of magnitude larger that today's systems. The EU is already funding large scale computing systems research, but it is not coordinated across researchers, leading to duplications and inefficiencies. The goal of the NESUS Action is to establish an open European research network targeting sustainable solutions for ultrascale computing aiming at cross fertilization among HPC, large scale distributed systems, and big data management. The network will contribute to glue disparate researchers working across different areas and provide a meeting ground for researchers in these separate areas to exchange ideas, to identify synergies, and to pursue common activities in research topics such as sustainable software solutions (applications and system software stack), data management, energy efficiency, and resilience. Some of the most active research groups of the world in this area are members of this proposal. This Action will increase the value of these groups at the European-level by reducing duplication of efforts and providing a more holistic view to all researchers, it will promote the leadership of Europe, and it will increase their impact on science, economy, and society.


At the time being, multiple energy grids (electricity, heating/cooling, and gas) still mainly operate independently. Although interactions are increasingly apparent, an optimal synergy between them has neither been comprehensively analysed nor implemented in practice. Interactions among different energy grids should be improved since this will lead to CO2 reduction, energy savings, demand balancing and a better integration of renewable energy systems in the cities. The OrPHEuS project aims at solutions for optimizing the interaction among multiple energy grids which are connected through coupling points and defined as hybrid energy grids. The project evaluates how ICT devices along with control algorithms can build strategies for energy optimization. Using the cases of existing energy systems setups in two cities, Ulm (Germany) and Skellefteå (Sweden), strategies for hybrid energy grids controlling and cooperation will be developed and evaluated. The strategies will consider the perspective from different market participants, for example, targeting to reduce costs of CO2 penalties by minimizing fossil fuel usage for heating suppliers. A key factor is the improvement of the communication infrastructures from the distribution network until the customer house. Sensor and metering data networks – especially new concepts for machine-to-machine architecture and extensions (like data processing, filtering, and behaviour detection) will be addressed. The OrPHEuS project is a European project co-financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. The project started in September 2013 and will end in August 2016.

PVCROPS – PhotoVoltaic Cost r€duction, Reliability, Operational performance, Prediction and Simulation

PhotoVoltaic Cost r€duction, Reliability, Operational performance, Prediction and Simulation…

An ambitious acronym for a Research project which aims to:

  • Improve the performance, reliability and lifetime of PV systems: 9% increase of the performance ratio.
  • Reduce their cost: 30% reduction of PV energy cost, down to 0.07€/kWh for PV plants in Southern Europe and 0.14€/kWh for residential PV in mid-latitude Europe.
  • Enhance their integration into the electrical grid: a penetration rate of 30%, by predicting PV power fluctuations, and mitigating them by new power management and storage technologies.

Funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, PV Crops will produce results targeting the PV industry including technical documents, toolbox solutions, technology development, databases, training and spin-offs.

The results will be validated on a wide set of EU PV systems and on the biggest PV plant in the world planned in Morocco.

36 months, 6 million €, 12 partners, 7 countries, under the coordination of the Instituto de Energía Solar of the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid.