The VICINITY project will build and demonstrate a bottom-up ecosystem of decentralised interoperability of Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures, where users can share the access to their smart objects without losing the control over them. The concept of decentralism is expressed by the fact that the platform includes neither central operator roles, nor central databases to store sensitive data about users. Instead of that, it connects different smart objects into a social network called virtual neighbourhood where infrastructure owners keep under control their shared devices and data.

             The principal outcome of the VICINITY project is technology platform providing decentralised interoperability of various IoT infrastructures and enabling the exploitation of independent value added services.



SHAR-Q - H2020

Energy Storage Project 

The SHAR-Q project will establish a bottom-up framework that connects the storage capacities of the neighbourhooding and wide regional energy ecosystems into a decentralized collaboration network, that mitigates the requirement on the overall EES capacities needed to ensure grid stability.


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Renewable Energy Sources (RES) are intermittent energy sources that are raising challenges at their integration into power systems. These challenges can be addressed by Electrical Energy Storages (EES) emerging on the market. Therefore, storages are unavoidable components of the future smart grid with large share of variable renewable generation. However, the unit-cost of energy, that is retrieved from storages, is several times higher than the cost of energy consumed upon its output from RES.

The principal assumption of the SHAR-Q concept is that sharing of storage capacities deployed at distributed locations will reduce the EES capacities needed, bringing significant savings on the required storage capacities. This, in turn, will significantly reduce the unit-cost of energy output of the RES+EES ecosystems that are participating on the sharing process.

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SHAR-Q aims to design and create a decentralized collaboration framework of distributed energy ecosystems connecting them into a peer-to-peer interoperability network, in order to achieve the optimisation of RES+EES through sharing capacities among the participating actors. The solution will be based on an open interoperability gateway with the corresponding open API that connects the smart energy resources operated by different actors into the SHAR-Q collaboration framework. The users will be provided with an ability to manage their contribution to the collaborative energy management models on their own in a way that resembles the social web portals.


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DNI measurement and Weather station

Solar Lab will launch a number of research programs  on the bases of state of the art DNI and weather measurement equipment allowing the collection and sharing of data on weather conditions as well as the measurement and comparison of data with different stations from other regions of the country as part of scientific network.

This station collects and monitors in real time all the meteorological data in particular solar radiation data (including global radiation, direct, diffuse and IV), temperature and relative humidity, wind speed and direction measurement rainfall and barometric pressure.

The weather station consists of a solar tracker which supports all sensors dedicated to solar radiation, a meteorological tower that supports the other sensors, as well as a datalogger which collects all the data monitored, allowing instant monitoring and storage of collected data.

The state of the art equiepment would become a source of data for Solar Lab spin off research.



Renewable Energy and Sustainability

(planting of opuntia ficus-indica)

Suporting Municipality of Alcoutim efforts in specialisation in  production, processing and commercialisation of OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA Enercoutim initiated a project of  planting and developing further this reagion significant cuture in attemt to biodiversify technical installations on the platform. We believe in fusion of renewable energy production technology projects with agriculture.

The planting  OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA in Alcoutim solar platform aims to promote sustainability and improve symbioses of nature and solar energy production, by improving the landscape. The plnats are delimiting the perimeter of the Platform, stretching approximately three and a haf kilometers.

The culture of figs-of-India (“Opuntia ficus-indica”) is the family of cacti tat requier limited water supply and nutrient needs, while offering high production yield and a high nutritional value.

One of the major purposes of this plant is to serve as a protective barrier fire which reduces combustion due to its high water content (90-95%), thus helping in the prevention and control of fire.

Other advantages  of the plant are: the protection of the installation area of solar panels from dirt and animal intrusion; soil conservation; fruit production.

The planting is a research project as well looking at growth and development of three fruit varieties: red, orange and green types.


Systems, Demonstration and Commercialization