Celebrating Progress: OPENTUNITY Project's 1st Review Meeting in Lugano

Celebrating Progress: OPENTUNITY Project's 1st Review Meeting in Lugano


Last week, the OPENTUNITY project consortium gathered in Lugano, Switzerland, for a significant milestone: their 1st Review Meeting with the European Commission. Hosted by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland and Azienda Elettrica di Massagno (AEM) SA, the meeting was an opportunity to showcase their progress over the past 16 months.

The consortium was delighted to present the strides made in their innovations across the four pilot sites. During the meeting, consortium members and European Commission representatives visited the advanced energy community in the Motta District. This visit highlighted several key innovations, including the V2G charging station linked to the local car-sharing service, which demonstrated their advancements in vehicle-to-grid technology. Additionally, the biomass-powered district heating system showcased sustainable heating solutions within the community, while the high voltage substation, connecting to the 15 kV network, ensured efficient energy distribution. Various photovoltaic (PV) systems within the energy communities underscored their commitment to renewable energy.

This review meeting was crucial not only for presenting their achievements but also for receiving valuable feedback from the European Commission. This input will be instrumental in guiding their efforts to implement improvements and achieve the excellence they strive for in the OPENTUNITY project.

OPENTUNITY innovations at the EUSEW 2024

OPENTUNITY innovations at the EUSEW 2024


The OPENTUNITY project will participate in the Energy Fair of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2024) in Brussels from June 11th to 13th. Visitors can meet the OPENTUNITY team and learn about their innovations at booth C-28, located on the ground floor of the Charlemagne building. The stand will be hosted by ETRA, the project coordinator, on the morning of June 11th.

The OPENTUNITY innovations aim to revolutionise the energy sector by fostering a digital ecosystem that enhances energy efficiency in electricity grids, benefiting active consumers of all scales while significantly reducing energy costs.

Visitors can explore OPENFLEX, a technology designed for prosumers, and discover how the project’s partners have defined the flexibility market conditions for each pilot where these markets will be tested. Currently, they are working on allowing flexibility optimization algorithms to be tailored to specific market conditions.

Additionally, visitors can learn about OPENGRID, a solution for grid operators. They can see how technical developers, DSOs, and TSOs are collaborating to process the data provided by grid operators. This preprocessing is essential for developing OPENTUNITY innovations and training certain models.

See you there!


Integration of Avantcar’s EV charging stations and Amibit’s HEMS devices with Kolektor sETup’s aggregator platform

Integration of Avantcar’s EV charging stations and Amibit’s HEMS devices with Kolektor sETup’s aggregator platform


Kolektor sETup’s is an independent aggregator specialising in the optimisation of flexibility asset portfolios and the provision of ancillary services to Slovenian DSOs and a TSO. A primary focus of Kolektor sETup’s endeavors is to introduce innovative approaches to ancillary service provision, leveraging fleets of, for example, EV charging points or home energy management systems (HEMS) devices rather than utilising solely individual, larger flexibility assets such as diesel generators. This objective is integral to the OPENTUNITY innovation initiative, driving forward our commitment to pioneering solutions in the energy sector.

Over the past six months, Kolektor sETup has been fully immersed in integrating Avantcar’s fleet of EV charging stations and Amibit’s HEMS devices fleet with its aggregator platform. This process began with the seamless integration of a single EV charging station and a single HEMS device to test the monitoring and management capabilities of these individual devices. With the successful validation of this initial integration, Kolektor sETup swiftly progressed to integrate over 70 EV charging stations and more than 50 HEMS devices into its aggregator platform.

Real-time consumption data from both fleets is now systematically collected and securely stored within the databases of Kolektor sETup’s aggregator platform. With the completion of the integration phase, Kolektor sETup has initiated the data collection period, paving the way for the subsequent development of forecast algorithms tailored to each fleet. These algorithms will serve as the foundation for offering ancillary services, marking a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to innovate and optimize within the energy sector.

OPENTUNITY Plenary Meeting Sparks Innovation in Energy Solutions in Granollers

OPENTUNITY Plenary Meeting Sparks Innovation in Energy Solutions in Granollers


On February 6th and 7th, the OPENTUNITY consortium convened for its Plenary Meeting at Anell premises in Granollers, Spain, a pivotal hub within our pilot site network.

The meeting buzzed with energy and enthusiasm as discussions delved into the core pillars of our project: OPENFLEX, OPENGRID, and OPENABILITY. These initiatives signify our dedication to fostering flexibility in the prosumer’s environment, enhancing grid management technologies for DSOs/TSOs, and streamlining procedures to boost interoperability. Furthermore, partners addressed the different use cases in our pilot sites across Spain, Greece, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

Crucially, these deliberations marked pivotal steps towards our forthcoming report to the EU Commission. This report, a culmination of 16 months of dedicated work, represents a significant milestone in our journey towards shaping the future of energy systems in Europe.

Beyond the boardroom, the consortium had the privilege of immersing ourselves in Anell’s facilities—a testament to the evolution from a textile company to a dynamic DSO. This firsthand experience provided invaluable insights into the practical applications of our work, grounding our discussions in real-world contexts.

Working to reach final users

Working to reach final users


How will OPENTUNITY solutions reach users and become viable business models?

In OPENTUNITY, we are not just building a network of innovations to open up the electricity ecosystem to various stakeholders, but also to provide a genuine opportunity for real decarbonization. Our specific goal at OPENTUNITY is to ensure that our innovations reach the intended actors and effectively enter the market.

By providing social science and economic expertise, the JOANNEUM RESEARCH LIFE team has a special role in OPENTUNITY. They ensure that the solutions developed in OPENTUNITY find their way to users and become part of viable business models. Currently, they are developing an integrated research strategy that enables collecting close user feedback for the technological features to be tested at the demo sites in Greece, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland.

The feedback tool will provide a low-threshold opportunity for users to provide feedback on their experience and enable them to submit concrete ideas for improvement.

In parallel, preliminary business models and value chains for each OPENTUNITY demo site have been created. They will be further detailed and quantified as the project moves along. Stay tuned!

Here our partners from JOANNEUM RESEARCH LIFE: Stephan Schwarzinger, Michael Brenner-Fließer and Camilla Neumann.

Cost Minimization through Flexible Demand Optimization

Cost Minimization through Flexible Demand Optimization


In the pursuit of cost minimization, OPENTUNITY is at the forefront of revolutionizing the energy landscape by optimizing the scheduling of flexible demand for consumers and energy communities. Our focus encompasses crucial elements such as HVACs (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), domestic hot water (DHW) devices, electric vehicles (EVs), and energy storage systems.

Our partner Hypertech a key player in this venture, is actively developing a Mixed-Integer Linear Programming (MILP) model to achieve optimal results in flexible demand optimization. The essence of this approach lies in the strategic time shifting of loads, leveraging baseline profiles provided for each asset. This strategy proves to be pivotal in achieving lower customer bills, especially when coupled with a variable price profile available to consumers.

To illustrate the tangible benefits of our methodology, consider the following example involving two households equipped with two DHW devices and an HVAC system. Through our approach, the demand is intelligently shifted to time steps when electricity prices are lower. The outcome? A substantial cost reduction of 12.5%, showcasing the efficiency and practicality of OPENTUNITY’s commitment to cost-effective energy solutions.