M-ITI has been continuing to foster our relationship between research and politics by welcoming the Commission of Economy, Innovation and Public Works of the Assembly of the Republic, on March 21. The delegation was composed of Members of Parliament of the largest political parties.
This was one of the three-day visits in Madeira, in which the Commission had protocol and working meetings with some of the most prominent institutions in Madeira Island.
During this visit, M-ITI's main projects were showcased, including M-ITI startup PRSMA. Researchers also had the opportunity to exchange ideas with the politicians, which is essential to expand government support for research and development.
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Last week M-ITI participated in the public launch of the ENERMAC project in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain. ENERMAC - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for the Sustainable Development of West Africa and the Macaronesian Islands – is funded by the Macaronesia Regional Cooperation programme (MAC 1420), a program that fosters cooperation between entities in the Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores. This project involves a total of fifteen entities from Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cabo Verde and Mauritania.
ENERMAC is developed around three main objectives: energy planning, the rational use of energy, and the analysis of the electricity grids in order to reinforce them. This meeting gathered the project partners, in order to inform and coordinate the start of the technical activities that will revolve around these three objectives.
M-ITI is part of an international consortium, with a team made of four Madeira partners, that won a Horizon 2020 funded project for Intelligent Islands energy systems with a total budget of € 2,447m. The regional SMART IsLand Energy Systems team is made up of ACIF, EEM, M-ITI and the startup prsma that will lead one of the three technological pilot projects foreseen in the project.
In addition to Madeira, the SMILE project involves other two European islands (Orkneys in Scotland and Samsø in Denmark) where new technologies of smart grids that can enter the market in the short term will be demonstrated. The technological solutions are varied and include battery integration, heating, water storage, electric vehicles, power storage on boats and dynamic tariffs. These technologies will be applied to real pilots in the three islands, anticipating their impact and entering the market through the direct involvement of citizens.
In Madeira, the pilot project will have a particular emphasis on the integration of microproduction of electric energy. M-ITI is in charge of the scientific leadership, being responsible for analyzing data generated from innovative smart meters and user reactions. Metering technology will be provided by the prsma company. prsma is a M-ITI startup that has recently received funding from the Horizon 2020 PME Instrument, and was present at the Web Summit. EEM will be in charge of the integration of the technologies in the power network, as well as all the technical support related to the network management technologies. Finally, ACIF will be responsible for the aggregation of information produced at regional level as well as its impact on the business sector.
The SMILE project consortium involves a total of 19 partners from 6 countries for a global budget of € 14m for the four years of the project.
M-ITI participated in the 1st International Thematic Workshop of the Interreg Europe project HoCare, "Generation of innovation by addressing unmet needs identified by formal and informal providers of health care", as part of Madeira stakeholder group.
The event took place at the Electricity Museum Congress hall, in Funchal, on 27 January 2017.
The goal of the HoCare project is to increase delivery of home care innovative solutions in regional innovation chains by strengthening of cooperation of actors in regional innovation system through a Quadruple-helix approach.
The Quadruple-helix approach is an innovation cooperation model or innovation environment in which users, businesses, research organizations or universities and public authorities cooperate in order to produce innovations.
M-ITI was invited by Madeira Government IDE to participate in HoCare as research organization.
Professor Sergi Bermúdez presented the R&D being done in the AHA (Augmented Human Assistance) project, a success case, to an international panel of stakeholders, and public.
AHA is being developed under the international partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
Learn more about HoCare at www.interregeurope.eu/hocare