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Pan European Technology Energy Research Approach

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PANTERA (Pan European Technology Energy Research Approach)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2020-06-30

The main objective of PANTERA project is to deliver an interactive multi-functional platform of pan European status and influence capable of leveraging coherence and trust as a pull towards enhanced R&I in energy systems centred around an integrated grid active and responsive. This proposed platform, can work for Local Energy Systems in an integrated PAN European Smart Grid with specific emphasis on the low spending countries.

This platform will bring together the attractiveness of successful partnerships being national, regional or European building through them the will for enhanced adaption to areas and partnerships that can broaden active participation for mutual benefit. From the beginning the element of sustainable presence of the collaborative platform will strongly influence the design and approach to be adapted.

The project comprises eight work packages (WP), each of them with a specific measurable objective, as indicated below:
1. Ensure an efficient and smooth coordination of the scientific, organizational and technical activities of the project, as well as its overall administration, covering overall project coordination, organizational, scientific and technical management, administrative, financial and contractual management, quality control procedures, data control and managing risk (WP1)
2. Identify and establish communication links with R&I stakeholders active in the fields of smart grids, storage and local energy systems including policy makers, standardisation bodies and experts in both research and academia representing the EU-28 energy system (WP2).
3. Develop an innovative top-down and bottom-up approach for effectively identifying the key challenges in accelerating R&I activities in low spending countries (WP3).
4. Formalize a governance structure capable of delivering targeted objectives that will bring under the same umbrella all active entities / stakeholders in the field of smart grids / storage and local energy systems to leverage synergies and maximize benefits (WP6).
5. Develop enhanced knowledge-sharing mechanisms that help identify, discuss and structure the key R&I challenges (WP3,4,8).
6. Build a pan-European multi-functional collaborative platform through which dedicated tools will facilitate the collection of real data / results from on-going projects, build a useful shareable data repository (a virtual stakeholder’s hub, termed as ViSor-Hub will be developed), capable of supporting case studies of exploitable results, scenario building and local energy system analysis accessible by all interested stakeholders (WP4,6,7,8).
7. Organise dedicated workshops which facilitate exchanges of experience and capacities between members of R&I community in collaboration with already on-going activities aiming to wider participation, strengthen objectives and extent impact of achieved results (WP5).
8. Develop working teams consisting of stakeholders depending on evolving R&I needs and topics identified in the project for generating results, reports, white papers and offer support where needed (WP6).
"In consistence with the actions planned for this timeframe (M1-M18), the progress of the project concerns the following completed actions of the objectives:

WP2: Established communication links with R&I stakeholders, developed a European stakeholders database coming from the low spending countries, identified their needs, challenges and priorities through consultation and open questionnaire processes.
WP3: Has provided an extensive analysis of the energy strategy related documents at both national and EU level, developed an innovative top-down and bottom-up approach for effectively identifying the key challenges in accelerating R&I activities in low activity countries and established Regional Desks recruiting stakeholders. Activities at local level through Regional Desks is a rolling and on-going process. Also, a governance structure capable of delivering targeted objectives that will bring under the same umbrella all active entities / stakeholders in the field of smart grids called the ""R&I status and Continuous gAP analysis"" (RICAP) process is established.
WP4: Identification of Gaps and Missing Subjects as a rolling process based on reviews and targeted interviews with stakeholders. Also, the administrative and decision-making mechanisms for R&I in different countries have been reviewed and compared.
WP5: Have organised dedicated workshops which facilitated exchanges of experience and capacities between members of R&I community in collaboration with already on-going activities aiming to wider participation and strengthen objectives.
WP6: Developed working teams consisting of stakeholders depending on evolving R&I needs and topics identified in the project for generating results, reports, white papers and offer support in the RICAP process.Along with the regional desks, PANTERA partners have been cooperating with JRC and the Smart Specialisation Platform to identify and highlight the direct benefits to countries growth by building on their strengths and competences.
WP8: The specifications on the collaborative platform together with the functionalities and the tools were already designed and the implementation phase is about to start. Along with the above, WP8 has developed enhanced knowledge-sharing mechanisms that help to identify, discuss and structure the key R&I challenges."
"Within this period, the PANTERA process has been introduced. The process has three main “arms” that are detailed below. Through them, the process -as a whole- impacts and promotes the designed activities in favour of the low spending countries for leveraging the R&I smart grids investments.
All work packages and their activities are contributing to these three arms as follows:

• PANTERA platform: WP2, WP3, WP7, WP8, WP5
• PANTERA Regional Desks: WP2, WP4, WP6, WP5
• PANTERA Working Teams: WP2, WP3

The main impact of this project- that also secures its sustainability-in relation to the identified process bringing it beyond the state of the art is composed by the following ""arms"":

• Development of a platform with the support of the DG ENER and its initiatives that will be a single point of reference for the whole R&I community being hosted by the JRC.
• Build the regional desks in cooperation with RIS3 cooperation and local stakeholders
• Provision of support and engagement of energy experts of ETIPSNET to continuously feed the working teams’ activities as a means of supporting the community and platforms with exploitable knowledge

By the end of the project, the above impact is expected to be intensified and enhanced with more initiatives linking their activities and more experts of the Pan-European community joining forces with the PANTERA process under the guidance and control of the PANTERA consortium."
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