The DOMINOES consortium is composed by 8 partners from 4 European countries, namely Finland, Portugal, Spain and UK. The partners can be divided into two different groups as follows:
- 5 universities/research organizations (CNET, ISEP, LUT, QUB, USE)
- 3 commercial companies (Empower, EDPD, VPS)
Empower IM Oy is an independent service provider whose main business domain is the energy markets and related services. We provide a wide range of different flexible energy market services and IT-solutions to our customers. Our services can be divided into three different categories: Energy market services, Smart Grid Solutions and Energy Sector IT Systems. In addition to the services, we have our own IT-systems in the fields of Customer Information Management, Energy Data Management and Energy Management. We have participated in several EU research projects as well as several National Finnish research projects.
ISEP, the School of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP), includes 9 R&D units that involve senior researchers and students. GECAD is the largest of those R&D units. GECAD works in the area of intelligent systems and its application to real problems, particularly in the area of engineering. Scientific research application areas include new areas and paradigms are covered such as semantic web, ambient intelligence, cyber-physical systems, smart grids and smart cities.
The University of Seville (USE) is the third largest university in Spain. It relies on more than 400 research groups, and is currently involved in several projects from international programs (mainly FP7, Eureka+ and funded by the ESA). The Department of Electronic Engineering, located in the School of Engineering (in the Cartuja Scientific and Technological Park), is one of the largest departments of the university with 80 staff members, and about 1200 undergraduate, 300 master, and 20 Ph.D. students. It is the department of the USE that gets the highest funding from competitive programs, with more than 5 million euros per year in the last three years.
The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) is a €40M innovation and knowledge centre based at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). With over 180 research staff in areas including wireless communications, cyber-security, high frequency electronics and antenna design and signal, image and video processing systems, ECIT is a UK flagship research centre. It houses the UK’s largest academic research centre in cyber security and is recognised by the UK Research Council and GCHQ as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.
EDP Centre for New Energy Technologies (CNET) is a subsidiary of the EDP Group, an integrated energy player, with strong presence in Europe, North & Central America, Brazil and a world leader in terms of wind installed capacity (in excess of 9.7 GW installed worldwide). Its mission is to create value through collaborative R&D in the energy sector, focusing particularly in technology demonstration projects. CNET integrates the Group’s R&D activities in a newly created centre, established within EDP Group’s laboratorial facilities aiming to develop a technical excellence centre of R&D in the EDP Group. Therefore, CNET covers the whole utility value chain – generation (conventional and renewable), grid operation and retail. CNET has currently four priority areas: Energy.
EDP Distribuição (EDPD) is part of EDP Group and Portugal’s incumbent Distribution System Operator (DSO), accounting for 97% of the market with more than 6 million customers. EDPD coordinates EEGI Core Project InovGrid (www.inovgrid.com), which entails a large scale smart grid demonstration impacting more than 1 million consumers. Leveraging on its Smart Grid infrastructure and its innovating strategy during the last decade, the company has increased its participation on European Projects, having participated in more than 20 projects, which led to the establishment of partnerships with more than 150 entities (universities, industrial partners, research institutes, utilities, local authorities) from 21 different countries.
Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has pioneered as a university combining technology and business since 1969. LUT’s focus areas of research and education are Clean energy, Circular economy and Sustainable business and entrepreneurship.
Our systemic approach means we study the entire energy chain from fuels and resources to the use of energy. Our expertise covers technologies and systems needed in energy and resource efficient production, transfer, distribution and use – from equipment, manufacture and fuels to energy consumption and energy markets.
Virtual Power Solutions is an innovative, market leader in the design and operation of dynamic connected platforms, providing real-time granular data to consumers, network operators and utilities. We minimise consumption by increasing energy efficiency, optimising the time of use and monetising loads.
Our team of experts has a strong and proven track record in providing significant benefits to all stakeholders in the modern energy network. We aim to be Europe’s largest Virtual Power Plant builder and operator.