Mas2tering was aimed at developing distributed information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to enable decentralised flexibility management within the low-voltage (LV) electricity distribution network. The project enabled new collaboration opportunities between grid operators, telecom and energy companies, both from technology and business perspectives. The innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platform offers monitoring and optimal management of low-voltage distribution grids by integrating last mile connectivity solutions with distributed optimisation technologies, while enhancing the security of increased bi-directional communications. The resulting multi agent system (MAS) platform facilitates user-focused decision-making that will bring value and competitiveness. Consistent with recent communications from the Commission, the project puts prosumers first, provides them with access to the energy market in new ways, and provides flexibility management solutions for the grid’s most pressing challenge – capacity management.
Communication, dissemination and exploitation are three essential pillars for realising the impact of a collaborative project. Effective dissemination increases project visibility to the target audience while increasing the uptake of project outcomes for real-life implementation. Research and development projects are increasingly being asked to provide evidence of contribution to society and the economy; i.e. the impact of research. Mas2tering participated in key industry and academic events on smart grid, ICT for energy, and energy management to ensure the widest possible dissemination. The project published research findings in high-impact journals and widely acknowledged events and conferences. Also, the project encouraged and realised cross-collaboration between traditionally segregated groups of researchers in ICT and energy for academic and technical publications.
During the course of the project, Mas2tering accomplished targeted dissemination through (a) the organisation of special and joint sessions in scientific conferences, (b) presented research concepts and findings in industry and related events, (c) published peer-reviewed articles in conferences, and (d) published peer-reviewed journal articles.
Four co-located workshops and special sessions targeting the participants of major energy and ICT related conferences were organised with the intention of reaching distinct but equally important audiences ranging from policy-makers and industrials to academics with related specialisations. Papers and presentations from external partners working on similar research were invited and reviewed independently before acceptance.
Project partners presented Mas2tering concepts, results and outcomes in thirteen industry relevant events. The events ranged from local to national and European. Feedback received from engagement and communication with stakeholders were fed back to the consortium that helped shape the agenda and direction of the project.
Twelve articles were published in high-impact conferences whose proceedings were published by major publishers such as IEEE, Springer, Elsevier and MDPI. Four articles were published in high-impact journals published by leading publishers: IEEE, Elsevier, MDPI. All these journals are indexed in the Science Citation Index (SCI), Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus. A fifth paper was accepted in a recent journal about smart grids, edited by Springer and indexed in the INSPEC database. All journal respective publication platforms are accessible to the wider audience and caters to various audience types from academia to industry.