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Juan Rico

The new energy scenario: welcome to the century of digitalized energy systems


Our mission is to support the evolution and transformation of this field from an asset approach towards a most efficient, open, inclusive, innovative and data-driven environment, through the provision of the right tools, platforms, and methodologies. In addition, digitalization plays a key role and, in many cases, it is out of the traditional area of expertise of energy actors, so the adoption of emerging and well-adopted technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, AI, among other state-of-the-art technologies, demands the definition of proper business cases to pave the way to introducing innovation into a traditional sector.


The evolution of a traditional sector demands the coexistence of emerging and legacy solutions, standards for communication at the lower layer and preparation of the data to be analyzed. Platforms should be designed to fit into the reality of the energy sector and be prepared for addressing the coming challenges. By developing FUSE (Framework for Utilities and Services) to foster the collaboration among different energy vectors (power, gas, heat …), the vision is to reduce integration problems while keeping under control data sharing and interaction among different actors.


Our key asset is the FUSE platform, based on open standards and open APIs to support interoperability, modularity, scalability and also funnel an inclusive energy ecosystem. Main challenges are:

  • Management of data heterogeneity and its preparation for service development.
  • Sustainable integration of electric vehicles in cities and the management of energy flows to address their charging needs
  • Management of Distributed energy resources to optimize grid operation and maintenance activities
  • Customer segmentation based on consumption patterns
  • Cross-energy vector collaboration to maximize the renewable generation capacity, promote self-consumption and reduce the dependence on fossil fuels.

enerTIC Awards 2018 - ELVITEN Project finalist at the Smart Mobility category

The project ELVITEN, that demonstrates how electric light vehicles (EL-V) can be used in urban areas while integrated to the existing transport network at six European



Enabling new Demand-Response advanced, market-oriented and secure technologies, solutions and business models
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Aims to research, validate and bring into pre-commercialization phase a near-real-time closed-loop Demand Response fully autonomous, secure and decentralised framework, exploiting Blockchain and Big Data technologies.


Electrified L-Category vehicles integrated into transport and electricity networks
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eRoaming platform integrating ICT tools such as a Brokering and Booking service for Electrified L-category Vehicles (EL-Vs) and charge points, an EL-V fleet monitoring tool and Eco-Drive app, a Serious Game and an Incentive Management Smart Car.


Indian and European Local Energy CommuniTies for Renewable Integration and the Energy Transition.
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Aims at increasing the role in Europe for Local Energy Communities (LECs) to speed up the grid integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), facing challenges as the lack of flexibility when planning cost-efficient LEC connections, and the lack of digitalization of the LV networks.


Integrated smart grid cross-functional solutions for optimized synergetic energy distribution and utilization storage technologies
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Integration of cutting-edge technologies and solutions in a scalable Cross-Functional Platform connecting energy networks with diverse stakeholders, facilitating optimal and dynamic operation of the Distribution Grid.


Low energy passenger comfort systems based on the Joule and Peltier effects
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Deployment of distributed ICT infrastructure in electric vehicles for enabling the application of innovative eco-driving strategies combined with efficient climate systems.


Integrated Modular Energy Systems and Local Flexibility Trading for Neural Energy Islands
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Integration of multiple energy vectors in a single platform to maximise the use of renewables and minimise the curtailment through the collaboration among different energy stakeholders in Energy islands in France and Austria.


Aims to demonstrate highly replicable design and management approaches for integrated local energy systems, that achieve high participation of local consumers integrating at local level EU targets for renewable energy sources while decreasing the energy price for community members.


Storage capacity sharing over virtual neighbourhoods of energy ecosystems
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Optimization of the storage capacities deployed in the grid with the help of a peer-to peer interoperability network that connects neighbourhooding RES+Storage ecosystems into a collaboration framework.