IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids
29-31 October 2018 // Aalborg, Denmark

Smarter buildings in smarter utility grids

WORKSHOP CHAIR: Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

TPC CO-CHAIR (the contact for technical matters): Konstantin Filonenko, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark,



Globally buildings account for approximately 40% of the energy use and 20% of the CO2 emissions. Even through building-codes worldwide increasingly require improved energy efficiency in new buildings and retrofitted buildings, the global energy use in buildings are forecasted to increase in the next decade. Together with an expected increasing in the number of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Electrical Vehicles (EV), this put tremendously stress on an aging Utility grid infrastructure that are facing capacity issues and changing market requirements. Thus, there is an urgent need to rethink how buildings in combination with DER and EV interact with the Utility grids. Depending on regional needs, this may include thermal grids in addition to electricity grids, considering the large share of heating and cooling in the overall worldwide consumption and the interaction between various energy generation resources.

Historically buildings have been passive participants, acting as energy consuming end-nodes in the Utility grids. However, with the increasing pervasiveness of DER and EV, buildings may start to play a more active role in contributing to effective and efficient operation of the Utility grids. To do so, buildings must realize their intrinsic flexibility potential to interact with the Utility grids and respond to changes in the grid balance by adapting their load or increasing their on-site DER contribution to the Utility grid.

A future, in which buildings interact seamlessly with the Utility grids, requires buildings to be equipped with Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) supporting Demand Site Management (DSM). However, traditional BEMS are typically very expensive and are normally only present in larger public and commercial buildings. This leaves most of the World’s building stock without access to automated control of building operation and energy use. To change the current situation into a desirable future situation where buildings take active part and behave as smart citizens in a world of smart utility grids, there is an urgent need for innovation of cost effective technologies and regulative incentives to make this transition happen.

This workshop will bring together academic and industrial researchers to identify and discuss technological and regulative challenges and recent results related to the promotion and integration of smart buildings in smarter Utility grids.


WORKSHOP DATE: October 30th, 2018


Session 1, 14:00-15:30                                  

14:00-14:15   "Virtualized Software Defined Buildings: a Key Enabler of The Future Smart Cities",   Mohamed Amine Abid (University of Passau, Germany), Hermann de Meer (University of Passau, Germany)

14:20-14:35   "A plug-and-play home energy management algorithm using optimization and machine learning techniques", Kaveh Paridari (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), Donald Azuatalam (The University of Sydney, Australia), Archie Chapman (University of Sydney, USA), Gregor Verbic (The University of Sydney, Australia), Lars M Nordström (Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Sweden)

14:40-14:55   "Clustering-based negotiation profiles definition for local energy transactions",          Angelo Pinto (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal), Tiago Pinto (University of Salamanca, Spain),  Isabel Praça (Polytechnic Institute of Porto & GECAD, Portugal), Zita Vale (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal)"

15:00-15:15   "Assessment of Distributed Generation Units Remuneration Using Different Clustering Methods for Aggregation"                          "Catia Silva (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal), Pedro Faria (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal), Zita Vale (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal)

15:20-15:35   "Financial Benefit Analysis of an Electric Water Heater with Direct Load Control in Demand Response", Md Tofael Ahmed (Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal),

Pedro Faria (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal), Zita Vale (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal)

Break, 15:30-16:00                                         


Session 2, 16:00-17:30                                  

16:00-16:30   Invited talk by Luiz Carlos Pereira da Silva (University of Campinas, Brazil): "Sustainable Campus Model at the University of Campinas—Brazil"

16:30-17:00   Invited talk by Rish Ghatikar (Electric Power Research Institute, USA): "Advanced Technologies and Electricity Markets for Smarter Buildings"

17:00-17:30   Discussion session on future trends and possibilities  



  1. Luiz C. P. da Silva, “Sustainable campus model at the University of Campinas – Brazil”

The University of Campinas is building a sustainable energy living lab in its main campus, called: “Sustainable Campus Model at the University of Campinas—Brazil: A Living Lab integrating Renewable Generation, Electric Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Energy Monitoring and Demand Management"; or just Sustainable Campus. This Project was designed in partnership with CPFL (distribution company) and ANEEL (Brazilian Regulatory Agency) to support and promote new solutions to smart cities, smart grids and smart buildings, being a benchmark in Brazil and Latin America. Since August 2017, the Sustainable Campus added three new projects: one in energy efficiency labeling for buildings; another in electricity procurement on free market; and, the last one, in smart meter communication using RF Mesh and LoRa (long range communication). Through the sustainable campus project and an associated sustainable energy management methodology, Unicamp will strengthen its living lab in sustainable energy, disseminating and integrating future projects and actions that may be replicated to other universities, cities and isolated communities in Latin America.


About the speaker: Luiz Carlos Pereira da Silva finished his PhD in Electrical Engineering by University of Campinas in 2001. Joined UNICAMP as a Professor at School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002 and holds the position of Associate Professor since 2007. Published 48 articles in specialized journals and 131 papers in conference proceedings. Supervised and co-supervised 20 Master’s Dissertations and 10 PhD theses. Participated in several R&D agreements with Brazilian utilities. In his professional activities, he interacted with nearly 200 collaborators in co-authorship of scientific works. He has been awarded with a productivity scholarship from CNPq since 2003. He was nominated as a candidate for the FEEC-UNICAMP Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and received the Academic Recognition Award "Zeferino Vaz" from UNICAMP in 2012.

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  1. Rish Ghatikar, “Advanced Technologies and Electricity Markets for Smarter Buildings”

In the in the United States (U.S.), commercial and industrial buildings consume over 50% of energy. The transformational shift in the energy generation to renewables from states, such as California and Hawaii have 100% non-fossil energy generation by the year 2045, has increased the value of flexibility in energy use in buildings. Colloquially known, as demand response (DR), this flexibility is offered by the loads, energy storage, electric vehicles, etc. Cyber-secure information and communication technologies and economic-based electricity markets are increasingly leveraged to support both grid and customer value from flexible DR resources. With this premise, the talk will focus on:


• Electricity market policies in the U.S. that support electric grid and customer transformation for generation and consumption.

• Economic-based electricity markets that support energy resource flexibility from smarter buildings for both retail and wholesale markets.

• Advanced technologies and interoperability standards for secure communication and management of energy resources.

• Innovative market-based approaches that support an interactive customer with high penetration of renewable energy generation.


About the speaker:

Rish Ghatikar

Senior Program Manager | Lead, ICT for Distributed Energy Resources and Integration

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), United States

Visiting Professor | Center for Energy Informatics, Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute

University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark


Rish Ghatikar is a smart grid, and clean energy and clean transportation innovator. Rish has successfully led: (1) technology development for electric grid transactions and automated demand response (DR); and (2) integrated distributed energy resource (DER) for energy systems, to enable the United States and other countries to adopt mandatory grid interoperability standards, dynamic pricing programs, and grid automation in building codes. Before joining EPRI, Rish, as the Chief Research Officer at Greenlots, led the technology development and applications of electric vehicle-grid and battery storage-integrated systems. At the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Rish was the Deputy Leader of Grid Integration research and led the development and deployment of open innovation technologies and is the Chief Architect of a globally adopted Smart Grid standard, OpenADR. Rish’s work has appeared in over 85 publications and he is regularly invited to speak at thought leadership events. Rish holds Masters degrees in Telecommunication Systems, Computer Technologies, and Infrastructure Planning.



Amine Abid, University of Passau, Germany

Qian Ai, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Marco Aiello, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Krzysztof Arendt, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Yixing Chen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

Anders Clausen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Jan Corfixen Sørensen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Ettore F. Bompard, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

Hermann de Meer, University of Passau, Germany

Pedro Faria, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal

Konstantin Filonenko, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

G. R. Gangadharan, Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, India

Rish Ghatikar, Electric Power Research Institute, USA

Aslak Johansen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Muhyiddine Jradi, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Sebastian Lehnhoff, OFFIS Institute for Information Technology, Germany

Zheng Ma, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Rodney Martin, NASA Ames Research Center, USA

Vitaliy Mezhuyev, University Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia

Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Astrid Nieße, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Lars Nordström, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Marini Othman, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia

Peter Palensky, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Luiz Carlos Pereira da Silva, University of Campinas, Brazil

Tiago Pinto, University of Salamanca, Spain

Athila Quaresma Santos, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Hamid Reza Shaker, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Sebastian Rohjans, OFFIS Institute for Information Technology, Germany

Hartmut Schmeck, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Thomas Strasser, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

Zita Vale, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

Christian T. Veje, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Fulin Wang, Tsinghua University, China

Jiang Wu, Xi'an JiaoTong University, China

Xiangbin Yan, University of Science & Technology Beijing, China

Dr. Ariel Liebman, Monash University, Australia