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EDP Innovation visit Storage Lab - 28th July 2017

On July 28th 2017, a team from EDP Innovation visited the Storage lab to learn from the work carried out at Project SENSIBLE’s grid storage systems. This also included the presentation of work developed in the residential storage of the project.

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EDP Innovation Visit



EDP NEW R&D inaugurate the Sensible Residential Demonstrator - 27th July 2017

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Participants community engagement session in Evora


On 27th July 2017, team members of Project SENSIBLE returned to Valverde in Évora, to conduct a community engagement session related to the equipment installed in the project participant households. Following this, the Project SENSIBLE team visited all the residential installations to start up the equipment and solve any problems detected.Following the commissioning and starting up of residential storage, the residential infrastructure of the Portuguese demonstrator is now online and the project participants are currently enjoying the benefits of free and clean energy.



Residential equipment performance tests for the Évora Demonstrator - 10th-14th July 2017


From 10th to 14th July, EDP Labelec and NEW R&D performed the test protocol for the equipment that was to be installed on the residential facilities of Project SENSIBLE. The test protocol was performed by the Qualification and Inspection Department of EDP Labelec and NEW R&D. The goal of these tests were to check that the equipment met manufacturer specifications, complied with the health and safety standards and is in accordance with the functional requirements of the project. The equipment passed in all the tests and is ready to be installed in Évora Demonstrator.

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EDP team members testing residential equipment



Project SENSIBLE day - 13th July 2017


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Project SENSIBLE day proceedings


On July 13th 2017, EDP Distribuição, the Portuguese Distribution System Operator, organized a Project SENSIBLE day. During the day, EDP shared information on the key aspects of the project and its status. In addition, EDP discussed the technical solutions that are to be installed in the three project demonstrators, with special focus on the Portuguese demonstrator in Valverde (Évora). The importance of energy storage for the future of intelligent networks on which case studies are to be conducted and tested in the Portuguese demonstrator were highlighted, and the next steps of the project outlined.



EDP Board of Directors visits EDP Storage Lab - 4th July 2017 


On 4th July 2017, the ‘Smart Lab’ - the latest laboratory of EDP Labelec covering the Energy Storage Systems of Project SENSIBLE - was inaugurated by the EDP Board of Directors. The event provided an opportunity to showcase the potential of Storage Systems to energy retailers and electrical distribution operators. During the visit, the Project SENSIBLE Team gave presentations related to the grid and residential demonstrator. The Energy Storage Systems installed in EDP Labelec provide a major opportunity to gain knowledge in the commissioning and performance testing of Energy Storage Systems.

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The board is welcomed to the EDP Smart Lab site



Laboratory integration tests at the Évora Demonstrator - July 2017


In July 2017, integration tests of the grid equipment that will be installed in the low voltage grid of Évora Demonstrator were conducted by EDP, INESC TEC, USE, GPTech, EFACEC and Siemens S.A. The goal of these tests was to bring together the stakeholders of Évora demonstrator to perform all the necessary tests between all systems, with the objective of minimising the risk in the implementation of Évora’s demonstrator and to ensure its success. Potential problems were highlighted with a view to tackle them before systems integration.

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Systems testing at Evora



SENSIBLE Team present in the CIRED 2017 conference - 12th-15th June 2017 


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Presentation of a Project SENSIBLE paper at CIRED 2017

On 12th to 15th of June 2017, a team from EDP NEW R&D took part in the 2017 CIRED (International Conference on Electricity Distribution) workshop held in Edinburgh, Scotland. The objectives of the workshop were to learn and share experiences with colleagues from academia, utilities companies and technology companies and disseminate information on Project SENSIBLE.

This year CIRED had 6 themes including:
network components, planning of power distribution systems, operation, control and protection, distributed energy resources and active demand integration, power quality and electromagnetic compatibility and challenges for DSOs in new business environments. Project SENSIBLE had 4 papers approved under three themes as indicated below and available at

  • Distributed energy resources and active demand integration
     - Low voltage grid upgrades enabling Islanding Operation.
  • Operation, control and protection
    - Protection system analysis in LV grid, with high DG penetration, in parallel and islanding operation.
  • Challenges for DSOs in new business environments
    - SENSIBLE project Community Engagement both in Évora and Nottingham demonstrator sites.
    - Energy services bridging the gap between residential flexibility and energy markets.


Factory Acceptance Tests at the Évora Demonstrator - April and May 2017 


Besides from the several hardware and software systems being developed by SENSIBLE partners, the Évora demonstrator also requires systems and equipment developed by external suppliers. As is good practice, after the development and assembly phases, to ensure the proper operation according to the required specifications, EDP requested and participated in the Factory Acceptance Tests of all the acquired equipment for SENSIBLE. 

In April and May of 2017, EDP sent a technical team to test the overall solution of three Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems to be installed in Valverde’s distribution grid. From visual inspection tests to the systems’ encapsulation and electrical equipment, to functionality and performance tests, EDP spent in overall 8 days at Coruña in order to ensure that the systems would leave the factory ready to perform the project next step which was the laboratorial validation of some of Évora demonstrator functionalities at EDP Labelec facilities, and after, the real onsite demonstration.

The laboratory activities at EDP Labelec's premises are currently under way with the objective of performing functional and integration tests between the various components developed inside and outside SENSIBLE consortium with the goal of minimizing the risk in the implementation of Évora’s demonstrator and to ensure its success.

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Factory acceptance testing for the Évora Demonstrator


Nuremberg Demonstrator Update



The communication between the BEMS-Lab at Siemens AG and the Generator-System-Lab at the facilities of THN has successfully been tested. This extended connection enables remote control capabilities of the components at the Generator-System-Lab (E.g. CHP-Unit, HP-Unit, etc.) with the Building Energy Management system. Following further communication testing, preparatory tests for the Nuremberg Demonstrator Use Cases can now be performed.

Overall Demonstrator Architecture

Generation-System-Lab Commissioned at the Nuremberg Demonstrator 


The Nuremberg Demonstrator in Project SENSIBLE is focused on demonstrating the integration of energy storage (electric and thermal) with micro-generation technologies in larger buildings. Using a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) as the central control component, the energy procurement costs can be minimized or the self-consumption of locally generated energy can be maximized. To demonstrate the benefits of the interaction between buildings and a smart grid, a flexible testing environment for the generation units and the BEMS was planned to allow for the emulation of arbitrary building designs in a laboratory setting. The commissioning process of the Generator-System-Lab at the facilities of Technische Hochschule Nürnberg has now been finalized. All components have been successfully tested and are controllable via a graphical user interface (GUI) developed in LabVIEW. The next step is the extended connection between the BEMS-Lab at Siemens in Erlangen and the Generator-System-Lab, which enables a remote control of the components of the Generator-System-Lab. 

View of the recently commssioned Generator-System -Lab at Technische Hochschule Nürnberg

View of the recently commissioned Generator-System-Lab at Technische Hochschule Nurnberg


The test bench in the Generator-System-Lab

The test bench in the Generator-System-Lab


Community Engagement at The Meadows, Nottingham - 14th November 2016  



Project SENSIBLE researchers from the University of Nottingham (UoN) were invited to take part in the annual general meeting of the Meadows Community Energy Group – MOZES. The event was held on the 14th of November 2016 at St. Saviour’s Church in the Meadows.

Models giving community members an indication of the anticipated SENSIBLE battery installations

Models of anticipated SENSIBLE battery installations  


Alan Simpson explains the intricacies of community energy

Alan Simpson explaining intricacies of community energy 


Lee Empringham gives his informative talk at the MOZES AGM

Dr Lee Empringham giving presentation to MOZES Group


At this event, UoN project leader, Lee Empringham gave community members an update on the ongoing SENSIBLE battery storage project, as well as what was planned for the next few months. This enabled community members to have an idea of SENSIBLE's plans to show that the current limit on renewable energy installation in communities can be extended with energy storage, which will increase the localised energy used and save carbon and costs. In addition, community members who had signed up for involvement in the SENSIBLE project were given an indication of the size of the battery storage units.

The audience were also treated to a video showcasing the benefits of community energy and the potential impact of battery storage on community energy supply. Former MP Alan Simpson, known to be a champion of community energy initiatives, was also in attendance and gave an exciting talk on how other communities are raising the energy and climate game.  



Project SENSIBLE in the news - 8th November 2016

The Nottingham Post published an article about the SENSIBLE Project in the local area. Read the article online.

Future of Energy: The Community Energy Revolution - 25th October 2016 



MS in Parliament

Professor Mark Sumner represented the SENSIBLE project by taking part as a panel member in the FUTURE OF ENERGY: THE COMMUNITY ENERGY REVOLUTION debate, which took place on 25th October in the UK parliament. The debate was part of a “Nottingham in Parliament” day.


Jeremy Corbyn lauds the Nottingham Community Energy Model – 7th September 2016

On 7th September 2016, Jeremy Corbyn chose to launch his energy policy at a press conference held in the Meadows in Nottingham. Corbyn, the current Leader of the Labour Party as well as the Leader of the Opposition was met by an audience of community members at the Meadows Library where he put community energy at the heart of his energy policy. 

Corbyn praised the efforts of community members who had decided to take control of their energy supply and distribution by localising it through their very own community energy group, the Meadows Ozone Energy Services, MOZES. Project SENSIBLE is working with community members from the Meadows to demonstrate storage enabled energy supply for buildings and communities as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to create a sustainable energy supply. 

Corbyn went on to say that the Nottingham model serves as a good example for other communities in the UK who are seeking to develop a fair system of energy generation, supply and distribution. He noted that this approach had potential benefits for those community members who were more likely to be impacted by rising energy costs.

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 Shared Energy for Resilient Communities – 6th September 2016



On 6th September 2016, Lucelia Rodrigues of the UoN SENSIBLE project team was pleased to give a presentation at a meeting held in Dublin, Ireland as part of an EU project initiative called TURAS which brings together local authorities and researchers to collaborate on developing practical new solutions for more sustainable and resilient European cities. The presentation covered aspects related to shared energy for resilient communities with focus on the community energy efforts being carried out in Nottingham including goals of the SENSIBLE project currently being carried out with members of the Meadows community. 

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

TURAS Presentation





Visit by Ed Miliband MP - 14th June 2016


Members of the SENSIBLE Project were delighted to welcome Ed Miliband to the University of Nottingham, to show him aspects of the project's work. Miliband, a high profile British politician who was the Leader of the Labour Party, as well as the Leader of the Opposition and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, was met by Mark Gillott and Lucelia Rodrigues from the University. 

Having been the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2008 to 2010, Ed Miliband was keen to hear about the sustainability research that has been spearheaded under past and current EU projects including SENSIBLE.

Photos of the visit are below.  

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Miliband and Sensible Project 2

Miliband and Sensible Project 3


Public Meeting - 20th July 2015, Nottingham, UK

On 20 July 2015, members of the SENSIBLE Project team were pleased to give a presentation at a public meeting held in Nottingham.

The presentation outlined the goals of the project and provided information about the project members.

Download the presentation