Partners: UCD, ULB, Watt Intelligent Solutions, S.A., Centre Inria - Lille Nord Europe, FEI
Supporting Energy Communities- Operational Research and Energy Analytics (SEC-OREA) enables local energy communities (LECs) to participate in the decarbonisation of the energy sector by developing advanced efficient algorithms and analytics technologies. LECs are an efficient way to manage energy by increasing the use of renewable energy sources (RES) at a local level. We aim to co-create an overarching LEC enabling framework with our stakeholders. Our goal is to create technical tools to empower citizens and place them at the core of the Energy Union. It is important to ensure that the participation of LECs in the energy systems transformation has the desired effect of decarbonising the system, and that this is done in a fair manner without destabilising the power system. We propose to use business analytics to define our stakeholders' research and innovation question, and to use energy analytics and operational research techniques to gather appropriate data, build statistical and machine learning models, and mathematical optimisation models to find solutions and support decision making by our stakeholders.. The consortium brings together expertise from Business, Climatology, Computational Methods, Secure ICT, and Power Systems. We reach across the EU with researchers, innovators and stakeholders in Belgium, France, Ireland, Latvia and Portugal. Stakeholders include a national meteorological service, an LEC, and a distribution system operator (DSO). We use climate services to gather energy-relevant pan-European indicators of climate trends and variability. We model energy consumption data to understand and create dynamic scenarios of electricity consumption. This allows us to capture the uncertainty in the availability of RES, and the electricity demand of the LEC. We create ensemble models of climate dependent RES and consumer electricity demand. We create and solve a set of mathematical optimisation models to solve the multilateral economic dispatch (MED) of the LEC RES in a fair manner. We evaluate the implications of the LEC activity and net demand on sample grid topologies, and support the DSO to understand the impacts of, and requirements for LECs on the low voltage (LV) distribution network. This understanding supports the LEC and DSO decisions on asset reinforcement, network power flow and congestion management. We provide recommendations for an overarching LEC enabling framework to ensure safe reliable efficient sustainable operation of the LEC and LV network. Our framework will allow LEC members to take ownership of the energy transition, benefit from the new technologies we develop and so reduce their bills and their carbon footprint. We provide business model analyses, efficient scalable multilateral economic dispatch and energy analytics algorithms, and integrated climate/LEC/LV models to support all stakeholder decision makers.
Partners: UCD, UCY, UCC, Sintef Energi As, European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories, Technical University of Sofia, FEI, SUITE5 DATA INTELLIGENCE SOLUTIONS LIMITED, RSE SPA
Collaborative work is pivotal in the development work that the consortium proposes through the PANTERA CSA. Through this coordinated activity the consortium is confident that it will deliver a multi-dimensional platform of pan-European status and influence capable of leveraging coherence and trust as a pull towards enhanced R&I in energy systems centered 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 less privileged / low spending countries. It 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. Emphasis will be given to develop an innovative top-down and bottom-up approach for effectively identifying the key challenges in accelerating R&I activities in low spending countries. 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. Develop enhanced knowledge-sharing mechanisms that help identify, discuss and structure the key R&I challenges. Deliver through the platform ready-made tools that will facilitate the collection of real data / results from on-going projects, build a useful shareable data repository, capable of supporting case studies of exploitable results, scenario building and local energy system analysis accessible by all interested stakeholders. Organize 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.
Partners: LEI, RUC, CRES, OSTERREICHISCHE ENERGIEAGENTUR AUSTRIAN ENERGY AGENCY, SIEA SLOVAK ENERGY AGENCY, EIHP ENERGY INSTITUTE HRVOJE POZAR, DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR INTERNATIONALE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GIZ) GMBH, ECOLOGIC INSTITUT ge, MACEF, FEI
MultEE aims to improve the ease and quality of energy efficiency (EE) policy planning and implementation in the project’s partner countries and beyond, addressing the challenges of evidence-based policy-making in a multi-level governance setting. It contributes to making EE and sustainable energy planning vertically consistent between the national, regional and local level, to facilitating horizontal coordination between policy levels and to improving the quality of monitoring energy efficiency. The project pursues a two-faceted, yet integrated, approach in order to reach this objective: (1) building on a mapping of European best practices and experience from a pilot project carried out by the lead partner, country-specific solutions for effective monitoring and verification (M&V) based on bottom-up data will be developed and their implementation supported; (2) the implementation of innovative M&V schemes will be facilitated via coordination mechanisms developed and introduced together with the partners, aimed at spurring on exchange and cooperation between policy levels. The project pays particular attention to providing opportunities for peer learning between old and new EU Members States and neighbouring countries from Southeast Europe to partner countries from the EU and its South-Eastern neighbourhood as well as to disseminating results beyond partner countries and to other policy areas. One of the specificities of multEE is that its activities target the interplay between administrative levels rather than focusing on a single one of them. Particular focus will be put on capacity-building for the entities and officials involved with EE planning in the partner countries. MultEE will be put in practice by experienced partners within a strong consortium led by GIZ, drawing upon solid experience and a well-established network of contacts to ensure dissemination and high impacts within and beyond the project.
The overall objective of WinWind is to enhance the socially inclusive and environmentally sound market uptake of wind energy by increasing its social acceptance in 'wind energy scarce regions' (WESR). The specific objectives are: screening, analysing, discussing, replicating, testing & disseminating feasible solutions for increasing social acceptance and thereby the uptake of wind energy. The proposal considers from a multidisciplinary perspective the case of WESR in DE, ES, IT, LV, PL and NO. These selected countries represent a variety of realities ranging from large (but with WESR) to very scarce wind energy penetration. WinWind analyses regional and local communities´ specificities, socioeconomic, spatial & environmental characteristics and the reasons for slow market deployment in the selected target regions. Best practices to overcome the identified obstacles are assessed and – where feasible – transferred. The operational tasks are taken up by national/regional desks consisting of the project partners, market actors and stakeholders in each country. The project´s objectives will be reached by: i) analysing the inhibiting and driving factors for acceptance, ii) developing a taxonomy of barriers to identify similarities and differences in development patterns , iii) carrying out stakeholder dialogues in all participating regions, iv) developing acceptance-promoting measures that are transferable to specific local, regional and national contexts, and v) transferring feasible best practice solutions via learning labs. WinWind develops concrete solutions. The activities focus on novel informal/voluntary procedural participation of communities, direct and indirect financial participation & benefit sharing. Finally, policy lessons with validity across Europe are drawn and recommendations proposed. Already 62 stakeholders and market actors provided letters of support showing their commitment in supporting the WindWind activities and in implementing useful results.