Impressions of the IoT Solutions World Congress parallel session on Industry 4.0

On October 31, 2019, the Energy for Society R + D + I Network (XRE4S), together with the RIS3CAT Energy Community and the Energy Efficient Cluster of Catalonia (CEEC), organized a parallel session during the “IOT SOLUTIONS WORLD CONGRESS” Congress. The session was entitled: “Industry 4.0: New Strategies for Developing Energy Solutions Using IoT“. The event featured IoT and energy solutions in different states of development: research, pilots, and industrial solutions, as you can see in the program.

The official welcome was made by Joan Comas (ACCIÓ), Manel Sanmartí (IREC, coordinator of the RIS3CAT Energia Community and director of the XRE4S) and Joaquim Daura (of the CEEC executive board). Joaquim Daura made a presentation on the disruptive power of innovation (pdf).

After, the different members of the XRE4S presented their research projects in IoT, moderated by the promoter of the XRE4S Joana Tarrés. Alex Morata (IREC) began by presenting new concepts for a sustainable IoT, followed by Víctor Caballero (La Salle) who introduced the Social Energy Internet, a new paradigm for demand management (pdf). Then Cristina Corchero (IREC) took us into the use of “machine learning” to predict the energy flexibility of the customer. The session ended with Jose Luís Domínguez (IREC) presenting the EURECAT-IREC platform: building a testing platform for energy cybersecurity. A joint project between two research groups members of the XRE4S.

The session of the demonstrators in IoT was moderated by Angel Fernández (Kromschroeder). Roger Marcos (DEXMA) focused on the use of predictive analysis to identify energy savings. David Bru (Igrid) showed the impact of IoT technologies on the distribution network (pdf). Raúl Aragonés (AEInnova) explained how battery-free NB-IoT devices will revolutionize Industry 4.0. Finally, Ignasi Garcia-Milan (Worldsensing) taught how to monitor operations using ultra-low power IoT nodes (pdf).

The last session was dedicated to the presentation of industrial solutions in IoT. The moderator Encarna Baras (EURECAT) introduced the speakers. Jordi Moltó (Schneider) showed how to take advantage of the value of data with IoT Microgrids (pdf). Nora Etxezarreta (Ibermática) presented the IoT solution “Fingerprint” to improve the state of the machines (pdf). Albert Ginestà (KFeW) then explained how predictive maintenance via IoT can save production problems (pdf). The session ended with Isabel Tejero (Enerbrain) presenting how IoT solutions can improve the comfort and energy efficiency of buildings (pdf).

The parallel session was concluded by Joaquim Daura (CEEC) and Manel Sanmartí (IREC).

You may find some photographs of the day here: