Innovative CONsumer aggregation to improve demand response and Tariff design for Energy and Services Transactions


Smarter Buildings in Smarter Utility Grids – Workshop

The CONTEST team will participate in the IEEE Smart Grid Comm conference (link). This conference is a very relevant forum in the smart grid field, with many thematic workshops. In this way, the participation of the CONTEST team is a great opportunity to disseminate the project results, namely in the Smarter Buildings in Smarter Utility Grids (link) workshop, where one paper will be presented as a result of CONTEST.

CONTEST Platform

The first version of CONTEST platform has been released. It is a tool to support the interactions between different players in smart grids and local markets.



CONTEST Workshop

The first CONTEST workshop was held in the January 23rd 2018, in Porto, with the theme “Business models for energy transactions and demand response”. Putting together the CONTEST partners, a large public session has been organized in the scope of the workshop (link).

  • 13:30 – 15:00 Welcome and networking session
  • 15:00 – 16:30 Smart grid vision, resource aggregation and demand response
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Business models
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Demonstration session and brainstorming
  • 18:00 – 19:00 Discussion and conclusions
  • 19:30 – 21:00 Networking and dinner


IBM award

The demo paper entitled “Demonstration of Tools Control Center for Multi-Agent Energy Systems Simulation” has been awarded by IBM as the third best demo paper of the 16th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (PAAMS 2018). This work has been developed in the scope of CONTEST project by ISEP/GECAD (Portugal) and with contribution of University of Salamanca/BISITE (Spain). This framework enables the interoperability and co-simulation between heterogeneous tools designed to solve specific problems in energy systems. In this way, those tools cooperate to deal with more complex models.

The Tools Control Center framework, also known as TOOCC, is able to simulate the different components of smart grids including the wholesale market, as well as experiment and validate different models and methods in a laboratorial prototype. To this end, it provides several real remuneration tariffs from Europe, USA and Brazil.