SHIFT2DC: Should the Energy Transition be made in DC?
Picture a future where electricity is not only reliable and affordable but also environmentally friendly and adaptable to our changing needs. This vision is at the heart of the SHIFT to Direct Current (SHIFT2DC) project, a transformative initiative that aims to revolutionize the way we design, implement, and benefit from direct current (DC) solutions in our power systems.
Running for 42 months and funded with a total close to 9 million € by the Horizon Europe Innovation Action Programme (900K€ of which will fund participation by INESC-ID), and bringing together a group of 28 partners*, SHIFT2DC is a forward-thinking collaboration that seeks to explore and promote the use of DC solutions at both medium and low voltage levels. The goal is to unlock the full potential of DC power, which offers numerous advantages, including greater energy efficiency, reduced transmission losses, and better integration with renewable energy sources.
The consortium also has as associated partners a certification laboratory (Laboratoire National de Metrologie et D´Essais; LNE, France), a system operator (Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, SA; EEM, Portugal) that will collaborate in the port demonstrator, an engineering office (SETEC BATIMENT, France) that will test the DC design tools, and the two most important DC promotors namely, Stichting Current OS (Netherlands) and ODCA (represented in the project by ZVEI e.v., Germany, since is not yet an independent party).
One of the key aspects of the SHIFT2DC project is conducting in-depth analyses and real-world tests to ensure that the proposed DC solutions are not only feasible and cost-effective but also environmentally sustainable. By carefully examining factors such as life cycle impact and energy efficiency, the project aims to develop smart and scalable DC solutions that can meet the diverse energy needs of our society.
Beyond just developing new technologies, SHIFT2DC is committed to making the adoption of DC solutions easier for everyone. To achieve this, the project is developing user-friendly tools that will help planners, engineers, and decision-makers design, simulate, and assess the effectiveness of DC systems in various applications. These tools will empower communities, businesses, and industries to embrace greener energy alternatives seamlessly.
One of the most exciting prospects of SHIFT2DC is the potential to create a new energy landscape that prioritizes sustainability without sacrificing reliability. By optimizing the use of DC power, we can build resilient microgrids, power our homes and businesses more efficiently, and reduce our overall carbon footprint. Furthermore, the project’s dedication to interoperability, scalability, and security ensures that the proposed solutions will be future-proof and adaptable to evolving energy demands.
As the SHIFT2DC project continues to unfold, it holds the promise of transforming how we generate, distribute, and consume electricity. Through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to a cleaner energy future, SHIFT2DC is setting the stage for a world where greener and smarter energy solutions benefit both people and the planet alike.
*The full list of partners includes:
- INESC ID – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (Portugal)
- Électricité de France (France)
- CNET Centre For New Energy Technologies SA (Portugal)
- Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain)
- Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) (Germany)
- Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung EV (Germany)
- Schneider Electric Industries SAS (France)
- DC-Systems B.V. (Netherlands)
- Nexans France (France)
- Nexans Sweden (Sweden)
- Fundacion Circe Centro de Investigacion de recursos Y Consumos Energeticos (Spain)
- Watt & Well (France)
- Tallinna Tehnikaülikool (Estonia)
- Bachmann GmbH (Germany)
- Hiro Microdatacenters B.V. (Netherlands)
- Eaton Industries GmbH (Germany)
- Eaton Elektrotechnika SRO (Czech Republic)
- Eaton Industries (Austria) GmbH (Austria)
- Hitachi Energy Spain SAU (Spain)
- Phoenix Contact Electronics GmbH (Germany)
- Phoenix Contact Power Supplies GmbH (Germany)
- Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
- APRAM – Administração dos Portos da Região Autónoma da Madeira, SA (Portugal)
- IST-ID Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento (Portugal)
- JJ Cooling Innovation Sàrl (Switzerland)
- PCB Design Kutato ES Fejleszto Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag (Hungary)
- European Heat Pump Association (Belgium)
- Fincantieri SI SPA (Italy)
INESC Lisboa 2023 Annual Meeting
On November 3rd will take place the first Meeting of INESC Lx, a consortium of the INESC institutions based in Lisbon: INESC-ID, INOV and INESC MN.
The event will take place at Hotel Golf Mar, in Vimeiro, giving all the participants the opportunity to discuss and share the work being developed at INESC Lx. The agenda includes in the Opening Session the President of the Commission for Regional Development and Coordination of Lisbon and Tagus Valley (CCDR LVT), Teresa Almeida and in the Closing Session the Portuguese Minister of Economy, António da Costa Silva.
If you are a member of INESC Lx you can register here by September 29th.
About INESC Lisboa
INESC Lisboa is a unique research consortium in Portugal, representing INESC-ID, INESC MN and INOV, research institutions in the areas of computer science, electronics and computer engineering, and physics engineering in Lisbon. Its mission is to facilitate synergies among the institutes to promote the Research, Development, and Innovation (R&D+i) made in Portugal.
ER 2023 in Lisbon between November 6-9
This year’s edition of the International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2023) will be held between November 6 and 9 in Lisbon, at the Congress Center of the Instituto Superior Técnico (Alameda Campus)
ER 2023 is the main international forum for discussing the state of the art, emerging issues, and future challenges in research and practice on conceptual modeling.
Topics of interest span the entire spectrum of conceptual modeling, including research and practice in areas such as theories of concepts and ontologies, techniques for transforming conceptual models into effective implementations, and methods and tools for developing and communicating conceptual models.
The event is being jointly organized by INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico and University of Twente.
- Daniel Jackson, “Software Design, Concepts and AI”
- Maurizio Lenzerini, “Conceptual Modeling and Knowledge Representation: a journey from Data Modeling to Knowledge Graphs”
- Walid S. Saba, “Reverse Engineering of Language at Scale: Towards Symbolic and Explainable Large Language Models”
- Catia Pesquita, “True or False? The impact of negative knowledge in biomedical artificial intelligence”
More on ER 2023 Website.
OLISSIPO Workshop: “Metabolism and mathematical models: Two for a tango”
The 3rd Edition of the workshop “Metabolism and mathematical models: Two for a tango” will take place online on November 14-15, 2023.
The topic of the workshop is metabolism in general. As in the previous cases, a special focus will be placed on parasitology. Besides an exploration of the biological, biochemical and biomedical aspects of metabolism, the workshop will also aim at presenting some of the mathematical modelling, algorithmic theory and software development that have become crucial to explore such aspects.
More details will soon be provided but initial information may be already found here.
- Barbara Bakker (Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
- Igor Cestari (Institute of Parasitology, McGill University, Montréal, Canada)
- Vassily Hatzimanikatis (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland)
- Steffen Klamt (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Germany)
- Ina Koch (Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
- Laura-Isobel McCall (San Diego State University, US)
Besides the talks given by the above Keynote speakers, there will be two sessions, one per day, of 30 minutes each, dedicated to a discussion of some specific open questions. More details on these will be provided very soon.The workshop will take place in the afternoons, from 2pm to 5:30pm CET time.