Unlocking the Future of Energy: SYNERGY’s Open Call Winner – R&D NESTER

In the ever-evolving landscape of the energy sector, innovation and collaboration have become paramount. The SYNERGY Open Call has emerged as a catalyst for ground-breaking developments in the field, inviting pioneers to share their ingenious solutions. Among the remarkable participants, the INTERCAST App shines as a beacon of innovation, offering a unique perspective on energy forecasting. In this article, we delve into an insightful interview with the minds behind INTERCAST, exploring the app’s distinctive features, its role in the SYNERGY project, and its potential to reshape the energy sector.

Can you start by giving us an overview of the app developed for the SYNERGY Open Call? What sets your app apart from other proposals in the Open Call, and what unique benefits does it bring to the energy sector?

“The INTERCAST App provides day-ahead forecasting for network interconnections, such as TSO/DSO substations or DSO/Consumer delivery points. These forecasts are made using an ensemble of Machine Learning models, in which a set of base learners train on historical data and whose predictions are used to train an ensemble model, which will generate the final predictions. One of the advantages of INTERCAST and its inclusion in the SYNERGY Platform is the fact that any pre-trained forecasting model can be included in the ensemble, improving both the pre-trained model and the ensemble itself. As more and more uncertainty gets introduced into the power system, it is important for all players in the energy field to have an accurate picture of the network operation in the near future. Therefore, an app such as INTERCAST is an important tool to have for anyone who needs accurate day ahead information on the electrical system, be it for market or operational purposes. It uses near real-time data to provide accurate actual day-ahead forecasts and it could also be incorporated in the other SYNERGY Open Call apps, as most (if not all) included a forecast as a preliminary step.”

What motivated you to participate in the SYNERGY Open Call, and how do you believe your service contributed to the overall objectives of the project?

“We were motivated to participate in the SYNERGY Open Call due to our internal developments in the field of forecasting analytics aligning with SYNERGY’s core topic 1: Innovative tools for optimized electricity grid monitoring and operation. It provided us with a platform to further develop our tool, while at the same time valuing SYNERGY’s Platform. Throughout our participation, we believe that INTERCAST fully aligned with the open call objectives of expanding the outreach of the SYNERGY platform and analytics. Our service offered an innovative and valuable energy service that complemented those provided as part of the SYNERGY implementation. By contributing our forecasting capabilities, we aimed to enhance the overall objectives of the project, facilitating more efficient energy management and grid operation.”

How the activities in SYNERGY Open Call allows you to innovate in your business?

“As we are a Research Centre, being able to access and take advantage of the SYNERGY Platform, via the Open Call was immensely valuable to us. Elevating a previously developed solution using the analytic and computational power of SYNERGY in combination with its Marketplace with access to real and updated data, allowed it to reach a higher TRL, being validated in a real-life pilot. We also developed new skills internally during the project, related to web-app design and full stack development.”

Which category or group of stakeholders can benefit from your SYNERGY App?

“Any stakeholder that does day-ahead planning, whether these are operating grid assets, or participating in energy markets. They can be used by DSOs, TSOs, or market agents, such as renewable energy producers, aggregators, flexibility service providers, energy community managers, or even energy management service providers. Having accurate consumption or generation forecasts leads to a more optimised operation and better outcomes for these stakeholders.”

How do you plan to leverage the services developed in SYNERGY in your daily business?

“We will continue to develop and refine our forecasting model, using the lessons learnt from the SYNERGY Open Call to improve our tools in this field. We will also leverage our acquired skills in web development to potentially release web service versions of tools previously developed in research projects and turn them into commercially viable products. We will certainly be on the lookout for platforms similar to SYNERGY (or a final commercial release of SYNERGY itself) to develop our services on, acquire data and create new apps that allows to create a smart energy future.”

The SYNERGY project aims to develop a Big Energy Data Platform and AI Analytics Marketplace. How do you think this platform will revolutionize the energy sector, and what role does your developed app play in this transformation?

“It has been said many times that Data is the gold of the 21st century. If so, AI Analytics are the craftsmen that turn this gold into fine (and useable) jewellery. Platforms like SYNERGY establish a bridge connecting players from across the energy data value-chain, allowing for different stakeholders to monetize and extract valuable insights from data. INTERCAST is a piece of this interaction, as companies with access to metering data can now use it to plan their activities for the day ahead and other app developers can take advantage of these forecasts as well, improving their developed services with accurate forecasts.”


As we conclude our interview with the creators of INTERCAST, we are left with a profound understanding of the transformative power of innovation and collaboration within the energy sector. The SYNERGY Open Call has proven to be a breeding ground for ingenious solutions, and INTERCAST stands as a testament to this collaborative spirit. With its advanced forecasting capabilities and commitment to enhancing energy management and grid operation, INTERCAST exemplifies the promise of a smarter, more efficient energy future. In the grand tapestry of the SYNERGY project, INTERCAST is a vital thread, weaving together stakeholders, data, and analytics, paving the way for a revolution in the energy sector. As we move forward, the SYNERGY project and apps like INTERCAST remind us that data is indeed the gold of the 21st century, and with the right tools and collaborations, we can craft it into a brighter, more sustainable future for all.

Unlocking the Future of Energy: SYNERGY’s Open Call Winner – Maps SpA

In an era defined by innovation and sustainable development, the energy sector stands at the forefront of transformation. The global pursuit of cleaner, more efficient energy solutions has spurred advancements that rely heavily on data-driven insights and cutting-edge technologies. At the heart of this transformative movement lies the SYNERGY H2020 project, a venture aimed at revolutionizing the energy landscape through the convergence of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

The SYNERGY project, funded by the EU, is a visionary endeavour that seeks to construct a monumental Big Energy Data Platform and AI Analytics Marketplace. This ground-breaking platform is designed to establish a reference Big Data ecosystem, aggregating information from a myriad of energy-related sources, including IoT statistics, sensor data, and energy market data. Furthermore, it aims to empower and enhance the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence, weaving its intelligence into the very fabric of our energy systems. With a vision as vast as its potential impact, SYNERGY is poised to reshape the future of energy.

One of the project’s most exciting aspects is its commitment to real-world applicability. To this end, the SYNERGY project introduced an Open Call, which primarily focused on selecting forward-thinking experiments and services to be rigorously tested and validated in live, real-world conditions. These experiments would harness real data provided by the project’s esteemed demo partners, thereby broadening the scope and enriching the service portfolio to be ultimately delivered by the project’s technology partners to the energy market actors and stakeholders. These services are being meticulously crafted in harmony with the SYNERGY platform, ultimately accelerating their applicability and extending their reach.

In this article, we delve into the story of one of the Open Call’s winners, Maps SpA. As they recount their Open Call journey, they provide a detailed glimpse into their project’s innovative nature and the profound impact it promises to have on the energy sector.

Can you start by giving us an overview of the app developed for the SYNERGY Open Call? What sets your app apart from other proposals in the Open Call, and what unique benefits does it bring to the energy sector?

“A Renewable Energy Community (REC) aggregates consumers, producers from renewable sources, and prosumers of electrical energy. RECs aim to minimise their energy bills by increasing energy self-consumption, using efficiently their energy storage assets, and exploiting best market conditions or remunerations due to regulatory incentives. EU Directive 2018/2001, known as RED II, grants various incentives that each EU member state is expected to implement. Additionally, RECs also have a role in improving the stability of the grid, thus addressing the needs of Distribution System Operators (DSO) of minimising unbalances of energy flows in the grid. For these reasons, RECs have an increasing need of intelligent management systems that leverage technical, market, and regulatory information to optimise the REC’s usage of its assets.

Within the above summarised context, and thanks to SYNERGY project support and the tools of the SYNERGY platform, BRAIN has addressed the specific need of practically demonstrating that storages can be key assets of RECs. We have developed optimal storage planning algorithms, which consider both the incentive on energy sharing and the valorisation of energy injected with the goal of maximizing the economic performance of the community.

Even if compared with state-of-art publications, BRAIN is better at solving the RECs energy cost minimization where the (virtual) self-consumed energy between Community members is an additional variable to be considered.

The SYNERGY data and platform tools have been employed to construct and train machine learning models for predicting electricity prices, PV production, and consumption. These predictions serve as essential components for validating BRAIN optimization algorithms.

The results obtained highlight that by using BRAIN there can be an increase of more than 45% in energy sharing and of approximately 10% of the energy valorisation revenue as well as, thanks to local energy sharing, a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions due to minor network losses.”

What motivated you to participate in the SYNERGY Open Call, and how do you believe your service contributed to the overall objectives of the project?

“The main motivation resided in the interesting combination of data and analytics that SYNERGY was developing, promoting, and making available to the open-call projects.

These are the main indicators (in terms of total number) of resources accessed or delivered within the platform with the BRAIN project:

  • Datasets acquired through the SYNERGY Marketplace: 21
  • Models trained: 14
  • Analytic pipelines created: 64
  • Queries used to retrieve the data for the app: 82

We reckon that BRAIN contributes to the objectives of the SYNERGY project by demonstrating the usefulness of the SYNERGY platform for the development of new intelligent services.”

How the activities in SYNERGY Open Call allows you to innovate in your business?

“We set to ourselves the task of solving the problem of maximising the benefits of a REC that is rewarded for the energy shared by the REC members and for the energy produced and sold to the market.

To our knowledge there currently is no similar solution that explicitly includes in its objectives the implementation of RED II directive for RECs.

We then plan to bring to the market a solution, currently missing, for the optimal management of RECs aligned with the current regulations.

In particular the current implementation is based on Italian implementation of RED II directive, but we are not limited to the Italian market as the solution is designed and implemented with configurability as a central element.

This ensures adaptability to changing rules and, more important, enable a short time-to-market for the implementation of nation-specific RECs management solutions.”

Which category or group of stakeholders can benefit from your SYNERGY App?

“The outcome of BRAIN optimisations generates mainly benefits for REC members. Operationally the users of BRAIN are REC representatives, that are nominated managers of RECs or the REC members themselves in case of RECs that do not make use of management services.”

How do you plan to leverage the services developed in SYNERGY in your daily business?

“In the coming years, small and medium-sized storage is expected to increasingly penetrate the electric market, particularly in distributed self-consumption configurations such as RECs. However, this penetration is only possible if these storage facilities are managed by intelligent solutions such as those developed in the BRAIN project. These assets could shift peaks of produced energy to times of day when energy is most needed by community members.

Our plan is to first integrate BRAIN algorithms within Maps Group’s ROSE software solution for intelligent management of Energy Communities. These algorithms will then be validated in live contexts, starting from the Italian market and later in other European countries.

Furthermore, these algorithms will be evolved to support and optimize other flexible energy assets, such as electric charging infrastructure in the Vehicle to Grid framework, and thermal energy production systems such as electric, geothermal, heat pumps or HVAC exploiting the thermal inertia of buildings.

All market scenarios will be evaluated to extend the algorithms with the aim of addressing the local flexibility scenarios being implemented in several European countries in accordance with the IEM directive (EU/2019/944) e and the electricity market reform being discussed by the European Commission.”

The SYNERGY project aims to develop a Big Energy Data Platform and AI Analytics Marketplace. How do you think this platform will revolutionize the energy sector, and what role does your developed app play in this transformation?

“SYNERGY vision is very appealing. The availability at large of trustworthy, complete, and clean energy data is crucial for the scaling of the development of innovative data-driven services in this sector. In our understanding SYNERGY demonstrates the feasibility for the existence of such energy data and analytics marketplaces. In this context, we see BRAIN as the demonstration of the usefulness of data and analytics market platforms such as SYNERGY.”


In the ever-evolving energy sector, SYNERGY’s Big Energy Data Platform and AI Analytics Marketplace, exemplified by Maps SpA’s innovative app BRAIN, represent a paradigm shift. BRAIN’s unique approach to managing Renewable Energy Communities (RECs), optimizing energy usage and maximizing economic benefits, mirrors SYNERGY’s mission to revolutionize the industry through data and analytics. Beyond its immediate application, BRAIN’s algorithms hold promise for the broader energy landscape, reinforcing sustainability goals. Together, SYNERGY and ground-breaking solutions like BRAIN illuminate a path towards a more efficient and sustainable energy future.

SYNERGY Project featured in the BRIDGE Brochure

The SYNERGY project is part of the BRIDGE initiative, which aims at providing field experience, feedback, and best practice sharing from the participating projects to help them tackle the barriers to effective innovation.

The BRIDGE cooperation group involves 64 projects in the areas of Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Islands, and Digitalisation that are funded under the Horizon 2020 program (2014-2019).

The BRIDGE Brochure presents the projects participating in the BRIDGE Initiative, with a brief summary of each project, as well as the project start and end date, the budget, the website, the technologies and services deployed, the project partners’ countries, the name of the coordinating organization and of the other partners. In addition, the Brochure presents the projects in detail, in terms of scope, technical description, and expected impact.

You can find the SYNERGY project on page 152, in the BRIDGE Brochure here: BRIDGE BROCHURE

First BDVe Steering Committee as a new PPP Project

Today SYNERGY project attended its first BDVe Steering Committee as a new PPP Project.

BDVA or Big Data Value Association (BDVA) is an industry-driven international not-for-profit organization. It is comprised of 200 members all over Europe and a well-balanced composition of large, small, and medium-sized industries as well as research and user organizations.

You can read more about BDVA here: BDVA.

SYNERGY attended the OPENDEI.eu 1st #energy Domain Workshop

Yesterday, Eva María Muñoz presented the data architecture of the SYNERGY project at the 1st Energy Domain workshop OPENDEI.eu. OPEN-DEI is an EU-funded project, that aims to detect

 gaps, encourage synergies, support regional and national cooperation, and enhance communication among the Innovation Actions implementing the EU Digital Transformation strategy.

The objectives of the workshop have been to establish links among the H2020 projects in the energy ecosystem dealing with data exchange and use case applications, and secondly, to set up working groups and joint actions and agree on plans for the upcoming period.

The workshop was held as a teleconference and was opened by Mark van Stiphout (EC) and Franck Boissiere (EC). The workshop has participants from 7 H2020 projects (amongst them SYNERGY) who have exchanged information about their projects and shared best practices.

Read more about OPEN-DEI here.

EU BRIDGE arranges pavillon at India Smart Utility Week

The SYNERGY project will be present at India Smart Utility Week 2020, 2-6 March, in New Delhi. The pavillon is set up by EU BRIDGE and coordinated by GECO Global. GECO Global is also a partner in SYNERGY.

> For more information about ISUW 2020

The pavillon includes 23 EU funded HORIZON 2020 projects. 

> Link to the pavillon program

Eva Muñoz representing SYNERGY in a IoT workshop

The SYNERGY project maneger Eva Muñoz attended the IoT & DEI Large Scale Pilots Workshop on the 20th of February and presented @SynergyH2020. They talked about #energytransition and #BigData , data sharing and data-driven services.

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SYNERGY well positioned at BRIDGE Horizon 2020

Thomas N. Mikkel from GECO Global pitching Synergy Horizon 2020 at @BRIDGE_H2020. The SYNERGY project aims to introduce a novel reference to big data architecture and platform that leverages data, related to the electricity domain, coming from diverse sources.

> Read more about the project here


@SynergyH2020 being presented at @BRIDGE_H2020 . We will introduce a highly effective, innovative and scalable reference architecture and implementation for a Big Energy Data Platform and Analytics Marketplace. Manuel Serrano pitcing SYNERGY.#BigData #EUGreenDeal #flexibility #h2020

A succesful Kick Off Meeting in Valencia, Spain

24 partners in EU will work together next 3,5 years to maximize the use of digitalization at the electricity marketplace in Europe. A successful kick-off meeting started the project 8-9 January 2020 in Valancia.

SYNERGY consists of a consortium of 24 partners:

  • ETRA Investigacion y Desarrollo SA (SPAIN)
  • Diacheiristis Ellinikou Diktyou Dianomis Elektrikis Energeias AE (Greece)
  • Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (Greece)
  • Forum Virium Helsinki OY (Finland)
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (Finland)
  • Grupo Empresarial Cuerva S.L. (Spain)
  • Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A (Spain)
  • Suite5 Data Intelligence Solutions Limited (Cyprus)
  • Sistemas Urbanos de Energias Renovables S.L (Spain)
  • Fundacion Circe Centro de Investigacion de Recursos y Consumos Energeticos (Spain)
  • Gioumpitek Meleti Schediasmos Ylopoiisi Kai Polisi Ergon Pliroforikis Etaireia Periorismenis Efthynis (Greece)
  • Caverion Suomi OY (Finland)
  • Independent Power Transmission Operator SA (Greece)
  • Attiki Gas Supply Company – Hellenic Company of Energy Societe Anonyme (Greece)
  • Ponikve Eko Otok KRK D.O.O. (Croatia)
  • Maggioli S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Knowledgebiz Consulting-Sociadade de Consultoria em Gestao LDA (Portugal)
  • KONČAR – Inženjering za energetiku i transport d.d. (Croatia)
  • University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
  • Elin Verd S.A. (Greece)
  • Energie Gussing GMBH (Austria)
  • Europaisches Zentrum fur Erneuerbare Energie Gussing GMBH (Austria)
  • Geco Global IVS (Denmark)
  • Energy Services Handels- und Dienstleistungs G.m.b.H. (Austria)