In connection with the final review of the largescale European research project SEMIAH, the consortium was hosting a final one-day event, SEMIAH Open Day, on 23 May 2017. Taking place in Visp located in the Swiss Alps, the purpose of the event was to present the research outcomes and devote a day to bring Demand Response into focus.
After welcomes by SEMIAH project coordinator Rune H. Jacobsen (Aarhus University), Karl Werlen, CEO of Misurio, made a keynote speech on optimal exploitation of decentralised energy systems. Afterwards, keynote speaker Professor Jessen Page from the University of Applied Arts and Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO) provided insights into Demand Response services in blocks of buildings in relation to the Sim4Blocks project.
During the second part of the event, the scope of the project and technical details explaining how the SEMIAH infrastructure works was introduced by Rune H. Jacobsen. Members of the consortium Pierre Roduit (HES-SO) and André Baier (Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES) presented the achievements of the SEMIAH pilots, providing insights into the installations, monitoring, and operation of the SEMIAH infrastructure.
Visits to Swiss pilot households
To demonstrate the SEMIAH system in reality, the open day continued with visits to three households participating in the Swiss SEMIAH pilot. Here, the attendees experienced different categories of the pilot households, demonstrating installations for measuring and controlling either boiler consumption, heating consumption, or both. Ending SEMIAH Open Day, the consortium partner EnAlpin organised a visit to a nearby hydroelectric power plant and dam, where the process and technology applied when using waterpower as a renewable energy source was presented.