21.01.2020 | At our first General Assembly the Platone consortium discussed the work progress of the first six months, upcoming activities and officially launched the Italian demonstration with a media conference.
Over 30 representatives of our twelve project partners from Belgium, Germany, Greece and Italy came together for the two-day meeting from 20th to 21st January at the Montemartini Power Plant in Rome, hosted by the project partner Acea. The General Assembly was the first official project meeting after the kick-off meeting in Brussels in October 2019.
After five months of project work it was now the right time to reflect the first interim results and to put things on the right track. Working intensively on the first of the three main phases of the project, we are heading for the release of the first integrated prototype. We will achieve this by the elicitation of user requirements and system requirements, dynamic assessment modelling, definition of system architecture and data models. Evaluation will start via prototyping and testing referring to the three trials, to identify potential limitations and drawbacks, involving a group of selected users. As these users will be involved in the trials from the beginning, the project partners discussed and started the preparation of a series of co-creation events for a user and target group-oriented design process.
The General Assembly was completed by a media conference with Italian media representatives, organized by the project partner Acea to officially launch the Italian demonstration. Acea, through Areti and Acea Energia, together with Siemens, Engineering and the start-up Apio, will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Italian trial in the Rome area. The team will develop a new network management model based on flexibility in the urban area of the capital. This solution will allow users to actively participate in the optimised management of the network by becoming a partner who offers flexibility services and contributes towards guaranteeing the energy demand-supply balance for the benefit of the entire community.