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DEMOCRAT Day – Project Results Dissemination Public Session, @Efacec Maia, Portugal, January 31st, 2020

View of the audience

 14:30 – 14:45 Opening
 14:45 – 15:05 Invited Speaker: João Aleixo from EDA – Eletricidade dos Açores; Subject: micro grids
 15:05 – 15:30 Project Scope and Main Outcomes
 15:30 – 16:10 Demonstration
 16:10 – 16:25 Coffee-break
 16:25 – 16:35 Dissemination and Promotion
 16:35 – 16:50 Q&A
 16:50 – 17:30 Visit to the Micro-grid Demonstrator

    Efacec | Via Francisco Sá Carneiro, Moreira Maia
As the DEMOCRAT project came to an end, a formal presentation with demonstration was performed at the Efacec premises, in Maia, Portugal. This public event was disclosed as “DEMOCRAT Day” and it took place on January 31st. During the event, the project team had the pleasure to welcome a vast list of invited people, from Efacec main stakeholders, namely industry and academia. Among them, it is worth to highlight the following participations from:
- Agência Nacional de Inovação (National Innovation Agency, the Portuguese entity that manages the rollout and performance of projects funded by the COMPETE 2020 framework)
- Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Academia)
- APICCAPS – Associação Portuguesa dos Industriais de Calçado, Componentes, Artigos de Pele e seus Sucedâneos (Shoe and lether industry association)
- CEVE – Cooperativa Elétrica do Vale d’Este (a distribution system operator and energy retailer serving 19 rural parishes in the north of Portugal)
- EDA – Eletricidade dos Açores (the regional distribution and transmission system operator, energy producer and retailer, serving all the Azores archipelago)
- EDP Inovação (the innovation company of EDP, Energias de Portugal, the Portuguese mainland electric utilities company)
- LABELEC (electric laboratory of EDP)
- VESTAS (Danish manufacturer of wind turbines)
- VOLTALIA (renewable energies producer and services provider)
- REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais (the Portuguese mainland transmission system operator)
- Efacec colleagues from other divisions and business units, as well as from corporate departments
The event started with a welcome message by Paulo Vaz, the head of the Automation and Smart Energy (ASE) business unit of Efacec. Then, after a message regarding security by Paulo Amaro, a briefing about the R&D role of Efacec and of the ASE business unit was presented by José Manuel Fonseca.
In order to better highlight the role of microgrids towards energy efficiency and carbon footprint mitigation, the event was honoured with the participation of an invited speaker from EDA. In this regard, João Aleixo has made a remarkable presentation of EDA’s perspective and experience with microgrids, namely those with high renewable generation penetration, enabled by energy storage. The presentation about microgrids, by João Aleixo, can be reached here: link
During the session, an overview of the project was presented by Alberto Jorge Bernardo, covering several aspects such as technical scope and goals, achievements and constraints, the main technical and dissemination outcomes, as well as the business perspective. The DEMOCRAT project presentation can be reached here: link
Moreover, during the session, a comprehensive demonstration of the main features was performed in real time, by Luís Acácio Marques. In the end of the session, all participants were invited to visit the DEMOCRAT demonstrator site, whose illustrative overview can be reached here: link

Welcome Message by Paulo Vaz

Safety briefing by Paulo Amaro

Efacec Recent R&D Projects by José Manuel Fonseca

Microgrid Hybrid Systems by João Aleixo from EDA

Project Scope and Main Outcomes by Alberto Jorge Bernardo

System Demonstration by Luís Acácio Marques

System Demonstration by Luís Azevedo Costa

Project Team