INTERRFACE Open Call is looking for up to 7 SMEs to develop and/or extend different infrastructures and state-or-the-art technologies of INTERRFACE architecture and data management services to be implemented and validated by INTERRFACE’s pilots.
Participants are asked to address solutions that promote and enable flexibility of end-users. Please advise Annex 2-7 of the Guide for Applicants for technical details.
The third parties will receive their grant on a rolling basis throughout the project. Third parties can receive pre-financing of up to 25% of their respective total funding amount. Further payments will be made upon successful completion of milestones and deliverables.
Yes, this Open Call is part of EU-funding project, so there should be a clear distinction between direct and indirect costs. Each proposal should include justifications of costs and resources. Checking the consistency between these costs and the expected work of the experiment will be part of the evaluation of application services.
7. Can we have the initial text of the proposal, so we can better understand the targeting, context, etc?
The different business use cases that are open for new applications though the Open Call are described in detailed in the Annexes 2-7 of the Guide for Applicants. The same descriptions are published on the following link: https://opencall-interrface.cintechsolutions.eu/business-use-cases/
8. I get Message not delivered. There was a problem delivering your message to email@example.com. See the technical details below, or try resending in a few minutes. Can I send questions by some other means?
Eligibility & Entry Process
INTERRFACE Open Call is open to any organization eligible under Article 10 of the H2020 rules of participation, i.e. any start-ups, SMEs, companies or research institutes/organizations, with legal entity in a member state of the European Union, a H2020 associated country or in a H2020 International Cooperation Partner Country (ICPC). Entities have to possess a validated Participant Identification Code.
Please check the list of eligible countries in the following link: https://opencall-interrface.cintechsolutions.eu/important-documents/
5. I have a question regarding the criterion “Only one proposal per applicant can be submitted to the INTERRFACE Open Call”. Our institute is organised in 28 independent departments that can be seen as separate companies. The main problem is that it is almost impossible to know if another department is working on a proposal until they submit it. Does this criterion also apply in such cases?
This is a general criterion to avoid receiving multiple proposals from the same applicants. What you describe is specific to your organisation’s structure and could be considered once and if multiple proposals are received by your institute. In this case, and should more than one proposals from your institute are successful and pass the thresholds, we would ask further information (in the form of official document) that the proposals were originated from different departments that work isolated (as you also mention, as separate entities with no common scientists, etc.).
1. Will you give any feedback to early submissions to help improve their proposal before the deadline?
The ‘Guide for Applicants’ is the main reference document for the INTERRFACE Open Call. It provides detailed information about the application process, the requirements of the evaluation and the selection process. All necessary materials that accompany the Guide for Applicants document are uploaded on the INTERRFACE Open Call portal: https://opencall-interrface.cintechsolutions.eu/
Additionally, an Open Call Helpdesk service is available for any queries you may have related to the application process (eligibility rules, application form information requests, etc). You can access the Open Call Helpdesk here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evaluation & Selection Process
The selected Third Parties will sign the Model Contract Funding Agreement with the Cascade Funding Partner on behalf of the INTERRFACE Consortium. The Standard Model Contract Funding Agreement includes clauses on (i) the conditions of transfer and usage of the cascade funding, (ii) the IPR rules, and (iii) other collaboration mechanisms.
Participation in the Program
Funded proposals will start at the earliest on the 1st of December 2021, but no later than the 31st of December 2021. The deadline for the final report and documentation is expected no later than six (6) months after the beginning of the funded proposals’ implementation that is by the 31st of May 2022
Selected Third Parties will be supported during the implementation of the proposals by INTERRFACE Consortium. A Support Team (consisted by Consortium Partners) will assist the whole period of the implementation phase the funding proposals, providing support for technical/business issues. Selected Third Parties will receive from the demo partners an initial briefing to discuss and focus the services to be developed during the implementation period. Selected Third Parties are able to contact the Support Team on per-need basis on technical and business matters. The Support Team will monitor on timely basis the progresses of the proposals in order to ensure the proper execution of the planned work.
The IP to the results are owed by either the INTERRFACE beneficiaries or Third Parties that generate them. The IP to the INTERRFACE infrastructures and IEGSA platform and services made available for your proposal will be exclusively owned by the respective INTERRFACE Consortium Partners. Detailed IPR terms and conditions are stated in the Model Contract Agreement.
Unless otherwise required by law, as an innovator, the funded Third Party will be acting as (joint) data controller in respect to the personal data collected and processed for your service. This means that it will be liable for compliance with the applicable data protection laws.
6. Will others (including the INTERRFACE Partners) have access to the feedback I provide on the proposed services?
Yes, the ownership of all material, documents or information created by the Selected Third Parties, via the INTERRFACE cascade funding, will remain with the Selected Third Parties. Results are owned by the party that generates them. Intellectual Property Rights Policy is stated in detail in the Model Contract Funding Agreement. Provisions concerning joint ownership of the results of the funding projects are also outlined on the above document.
Questions for Business Use Cases
BUC 5: Are there limits to the size of aggregations or resources you are aiming for? How about minimums?
Normally, Local Energy Communities gather prosumers with generation capacities up to a few hundreds of kW. Nevertheless, limitations for this aggregation come not only from the size but also from the distance between participating peers.
As the successful candidate will be using the platform developed in Demonstrator 5.2, the resources from the building where the IDN is installed should be considered. Hence, the minimum in terms of resources will be those from the demo building. i.e., PV with ~40pkW, Storage with 200kW and +400kWh, Max dem from building users of ~120kW, and 6 EV charging points.
BUC 6: If I understand correctly, the BUC6 is designed as a theoritical study case, dealing with the analysis of various scenarios using the network simulation?
The objective of BUC6 is to extensively test a wide range of distribution and transmission systems
benchmark topologies (e.g., CIGRE European HV transmission network, CIGRE European MV distribution network, IEEE 33 bus test system, IEEE 118 bus test system and others) via a scenario based approach in order to identify generic indicators that can be used for the quantification of congestion management requirements.
The BUC6 implementation requires a detailed knowledge of various softwares (PowerFactory-Digsilent™, MATPOWER™ and Power System Analysis Toolbox™).
The Demo Area covers the Greek, Romanian and Bulgaria power systems.
As a consequence, the knowledge of the Greek power system is a prerequisite and also an expert knowledge of the Romanian and Bulgarian power systems is desirable.
BUC 3: My question is regarding the servers technology requirements listed at the top of BUC 3 [ASP.Net Core 3.1 – Entity Framework Core 3.1.7 – MS SQL Server 2019 Express – Python for AI algorithms] We are planning on providing the outputs required through an API from our code base which is based on Python/Django/Postgres/React (for our UI). We are wondering if the solution we propose through our platform will be eligible for this use-case considering the technological requirements you stated for it which are different from our codebase and user interface.
BUC 6: Which voltage levels and network types are to be addressed? According to description, you are seeking the support for the CM in the Transmission Network and also Distribution Network. Nevertheless, from the same description it seems, that you are more focused to the distribution networks. I kindly ask for the clarification of this matter.(new)
BUC 5: Can you please provide further information on the physical scope of the software solution to be developed? For instance, are you more on the aggregation of the assets, forecasting or optimization?
IEGSA architecture as the physical scope of the software solution was introduced during the 3rd INTERRFACE Open Call webinar on May 31st.
A software development company should represent Flexibility Service Provider(s), i.e. independent aggregator(s), and its business use case needs. The aim is to decrease barriers for Flexibility Service Providers to provide flexibility services as mFRR and congestion management products. This may involve creating Flexibility Service Providers’ interfaces to IEGSA and / or attracting more flexibility assets from the market both from residential and non-residential customers. Here innovation is sought in solutions which are offered to residential customers.
BUC 1&2: Are the XMLS complying with IEC 62325-451-RDF-XML? Where can I get all XML schemas used for Transparency data, such as : urn:iec62325.351:tc57wg16:451-6:outagedocument:3:0 , urn:iec62325.351:tc57wg16:451-n:eicdocument:1:0 ?
BUC 1&2: Where can I get the latest codelist in machine-processable form? Is it: https://www.entsoe.eu/Documents/EDI/Library/CodelistV75.zip ?
BUC 3: How are the flexibility products defined? Do they aggregate the capacity from all assets or are they local? Also does the activation signal contain any information about the location that needs to be activated? (new)
Flexibility products are energies to be delivered/consumed, they aggregate the capacity of the same assets typology (and they are local, since all the demo is located in the municipality of Osimo). No the location should not be present (everything is local, but we may add this information too).
BUC 3: What is the compensation for each activation? Does the consumer have to clear things out with its retailer for the change in its plan?(new)
BUC 3: Are the models for each of the flexible prosumers (e.g. Aggregators of batteries, Aggregators of EV charging stations, etc.) given? (new)
The answers provided in the FAQs are neither an agreement, nor a promise of any kind, and have no legal value. You should carefully review all terms and conditions of the Guide of Applicants and the Model Contract Funding Agreement before submitting your proposal.
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