February 2019 – Osimo
On the 13th and 14th of February, some of MUSE GRIDS partners visited Osimo
demosites in Italy and participated at the first public event!
On the 13th of February, the first public MUSE GRIDS event took place in Osimo: more than two hours of presentations, discussions, debates.
Many topics were touched: from the new technologies used in MUSE GRIDS, to the opportunities provided by renewable energies, to the role of the Smart Energy Grid.
Several MUSE GRIDS consortium members were present. Astea hosted the conference. Its CEO, Fabio Marchetti, highlighted the innovative solutions that will be introduced. “It will be better for the environment, and better for the citizens” he stated. Professors and researchers from Università Politecnica delle Marche explained their contribution to the project. Researchers from Fundacion Cartif also joined the event. And participants came from the Netherlands, from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Besides, SCAME, RINA, and Duferco Energia joined the others in outlining the future activities.
Local authorities were present: Osimo’s major Simone Pugnaloni participated in the event, highlighting how MUSE GRIDS will change the city. “Osimo can become a small European capital for sustainability. […] Our town continues to believe in Europe and innovation”.
Predictably, many engineers and professionals came to take a look at the project. And so did many Osimo’s citizens, curious to see how the European project will transform their town. As MUSE GRIDS adopts a participatory approach and stresses the importance of creating local energy communities, this is excellent news.
The conference attracted the media’s attention, and members of the consortium were interviewed by journalists.
The final part of the event was dedicated to questions, a great opportunity to engage with stakeholders. All in all, it yielded many points for reflection, and it was undoubtedly a productive meeting.
On the 14th of February, during the visits and the technical meeting, our partners checked the spaces where the MUSE GRIDS technologies will be installed in the following months.
The Osimo town, located on the top of a hill in the Marche region, is one of the two large-scale pilots where the H2020 project aims to create a real and sustainable energy island.