The aim of Dareed is to create a technology platform capable of managing the energy of an entire neighborhood or even an entire district in order to reduce consumption up to 10%, and move towards the 'smart city'.

Dareed Project was presented as a new business model for managing Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon activities in cities and districts during the Workshop on Impact of the Energy Efficient Buildings (EeB PPP), which took place in Brussels on 18th and 19th April 2016.

Last 17th September, took place in Seville at the Isotrol headquarters, the presentation the first version of DAREED platform to members of the IMD.

The outcome of this meeting which was attended by staff Isotrol, CEMS and IMD, were commentaries and suggestions that served to implement improvements to the platform.

The next March, will be a new meeting of DAREED project.

On 25th  and 26th  September, it took place in Seville the EFISUR Congress. First  Andalusian energy efficiency saloon, where it wasunveiled the latest in energy efficiency.

Last July, a technical meeting took place in Seville composed of personnel from ISOTROL (project leader), CEMS (Seville's pilot sites manager) and Emasesa (one of the pilot sites) with the goal of reviewing the functionalities of the first version of DAREED platform and evaluate its impact on the district and its pilot sites. Soon, the platform will be accessible to the general public which will allow to count on the participation of citizens.

Dareed platform is almost a reality. The consortium enters its final stage of work over a system aimed to reduce energy consumption in our neighborhoods and cities.

In October 2015 the annual review of DAREED to the European Commission took place in Brussels.

At the meeting the work done in year 2 was analyzed and presented the first version of the DAREED platform.

After the initial analysis, the EC suggested reviewing the scope of the project and redirect it in order to ensure better and maximizing the potential of the platform.

Last September took place in Seville a technical meeting organized by Isotrol, attended by the following partners: KIT and Isotrol.

On 23th and 25th September, took place in the Technology Park of Malaga a meeting that brought together partners DAREED project. This meeting, which is held every six months, served to assess the actions carried out in the DAREED project in the last semester and to study the actions planned for the next.


The last month took place in Berlin a technical meeting organized by Cleopa, attended by the following partners: Isotrol, IAT, KIT, OX, Cleopa, Unibo.

Through Skype also attended CCC, Brunel University and CETMA.

Brunel Business School (BBS) Researchers presented their paper entitled "A Decision Support System for Fostering Smart Energy Efficient Districts" awhich took place in Puerto Rico between August 13-15, 2015.

Dareed strengthens its actions, objectives and results after each work meeting with its European partners. On this occasion, Lizzanello in Italy was the location of the latest follow-up meeting for the project.

In this town, which is one of the testing environments for the energy management platform under development, different work groups met to share results and verify that the milestones reached thus far do not present any deviations, ensuring that they continue contributing to Dareed's ultimate objectives.

DAREED is framed within energy efficiency for Smart Cities of the Seventh EU Framework Programme. European Comission fosters projects focused in objectives of 2020 low carbon economy through the integration and validation of ICT technologies and services in neighbourhoods.

DAREED's goal is to reduce energy consumption in buildings by using ICT, anticipating savings of between 7% and 10%.

To achieve this will create a system capable of receiving information from various sources, analyze the energy consumption taking place, and provide information and advice to both citizens as utilities and public institutions, involving all stakeholders in the process of improving energy efficiency.

With this platform, the citizen becomes an active subject and decisiveness. He will meet his daily consumption curve -through mobile alerts, emails or other system- and the actions he can take to reduce it.

These tools will be used to help energy companies to define and validate their business strategies and pricing schemes, making them economically viable and, at the same time promote good practice in the use of energy.

Besides this, one of the key aspects are the innovative service business models as well as the involvement of stakeholders.

DAREED consortium, with Isotrol as coordinator, has defended the progress developed during the first year of work before the evaluation committee of the European Commission. The two-day meeting took place between days 13th and 14th of October in Brussels and counted with a representative of each involved partner.

Throughout this review meeting, participants have faced two entire working days presenting and defending the labor done during these past months, concluding with a very satisfactory result for the partners.

The evaluation committee has lauded the work carried out by Isotrol in matters of management and coordination of every involved party. Additionally, the committee has shown great interest in seeing the project complete and experience its results to improve the energy efficiency of our cities and to make progress towards the creation of real smart cities.

Last 9th October, Isotrol attended in Brussels the welcome ceremony for new partners organized by the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities. Elisa Morón, R&D coordinator, represented Isotrol at the meeting.

The European Commission wished to offer an official welcome to the new associates of the EIP in a ceremony that has gathered companies, institutions and citizens that want to work together towards the creation of more efficient and sustainable cities. The meeting is the beginning of an extensive collaborative work plan in which Isotrol will provide knowledge in the area of energy management and Smart Government solutions.

Through the EIP, the progress made by Isotrol in R&D will be published by the European Commission so that other members could use it as working reference and, in cooperation, create more efficient solutions and smarter cities. Authorship of published studies and communication between members is the maxim of the platform, which represents an excellent showcase for the capabilities of Isotrol and gives support to our position in the Smart Cities market.

The third DAREED Consortium meeting took place in Cambridge, UK on 17-19 September 2014. The meeting was held at one of the pilot sites – Cambridge Central Library.

On the first day the team reviewed work completed on the first two work packages: WP1 - Legal, social and economic requirements, specifications and state of art analysis at district level and WP2 - System Design and Knowledge Modelling. The first day also featured updates from the three pilot sites: Cambridgeshire UK, Lizzanello, Italy and Seville, Spain.

The second day consisted of technical workshops on current and upcoming work packages: WP3 - Modelling and Simulation for ICT platform; WP4 - Energy Management Tools for ICT platform; WP5 - Decision Support and Energy Awareness Tools; as well as progress on WP8 - Promotion, project dissemination and commercial exploitation. Useful discussions between partners helped to clarify approaches and plan progress.

The final half-day featured a presentation from Cambridgeshire County Council's Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI) team providing an overview of a range of projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 across Cambridgeshire. The final half-day also covered preparations for the up-coming Technical review and Periodic report, and a discussion on the EIP SmartCities Action Clusters, in which the DAREED project has just been confirmed as a participant.

The second Consortium Meeting of the European DAREED project has been hosted by IMI-KIT. The meeting took place between the 11-12th of March, 2014 and got together 22 participants from 12 European organizations.

Partners presented their overall progress of their respective work over the two meeting days which was well received by the consortium. The first publications describing the district modelling methodology and the knowledge base concept are expected to be issued by the end of 2014.

DAREED launched on the 1st of September 2013, and is supported by 2.9 million euros from the European Commission under the Seventh EU Framework Programme (FP7). The DAREED project is an interdisciplinary research and development project aiming to deliver a decision-support system at district level.

Last Friday, September the 5th, took place the first working session of the Community project Dareed at the headquarter of Emasesa. After an opening ceremony chaired by José Luis Calvo, president of Isotrol, and Jesus Maza, CEO of Emasesa and vice-president of Corporación de Empresas Municipales (CEMS), Bluenet building hosted the second day of work on this project, which will convert Seville into a testing field on energy efficiency.

Representatives of mainstream media came last Friday to Emasesa's headquarters to attend the presentation of the European project Dareed, with which a technological platform capable of energy management under a Smart City concept will be developed, and will utilized the Old District of Seville as pilot scenario.

The event was opened by José Luis Calvo, president of Isotrol, accompanied by Jesús Maza, CEO of Emasesa and vice-president of the Corporación de Empresas Municipales (CEMS). The occasion brought together representatives of the twelve entities involved: ENEL, German technological companies Cleopa GmbH and Open Experience, the town council of Seville through CEMS, councils of Cambridgeshire and Lizzanello, the Italian Bologna University and London's Brunel University, in addition to the Italian Engineering, Design and Materials Technologies Center, the Andalusian Institute of Technology and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Isotrol as project leader has a central role in the organization of these working sessions, which are been hold at Isotrol facilities in the Bluenet.

Leading project coordination are José Fernando Franquelo, director of Innovation and Business Development unit, and Elisa Morón, I+D+i responsible, who have done an important management job on granting the leadership of this European initiative and are entirely involved in launching this Community project.

Thus, Dareed starts its career and counts on Isotrol's capacity to advance on a smarter and more efficient model of energy management for our cities.

The institutional headquarters of Emasesa, located in Escuelas Pías, hosted last Thursday, October the 31st, PERSPECTIVAS 2014-2020 meeting: PROGRAMAS EUROPEOS PARA FAVORECER EL CRECIMIENTO. Meeting facilities include an exhibition space, used by several companies that are developing I+D+i projects in the field of energy efficiency.

The past regional supplement of the ABC newspaper in its November 2013 Spanish edition focuses on I+D+i in Andalusia. Among the different articles included in the paper and published interviews with businessmen and representatives of public institutions, the prominent "Sevilla quiere ser Smart" article highlights the primary keys of the European project Dareed.

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