To achieve the policy aims of CO2 reduction, a shift towards energy systems based on renewable energy sources (RES) like solar and wind power is necessary. But reliance on RES is vulnerable to intermittency at the same time. For a complete transition of the energy systems, storage and balancing possibilities needs to be fully explored and stimulated. In a sustainable energy system, flexibility exists on the energy demand and supply side, in transport grids and through energy storage.
Smart grid solutions focus on smart devices in households & firms, combined with big data management to build smart networks on different scales. Many pilots are being developed in regions all over Europe, but mostly in small areas (neighbourhood level), while energy flexibility is optimal in bigger areas. But for companies and private consumers it is not always clear what's in it for them and for climate adaptation. To engage larger groups of end users and implement smart grids in larger regions, is still a challenge. Larger implementation is often also accompanied by regulatory and financial barriers. So in general terms, to implement innovative results of smart grid pilots is still the main big challenge.
Work packages 3-6 reflect (draft - possibly combined at a later stage):
WP2 Communication & dissemination
WP3 Technological aspects (ICT, blockchain, open source energy market tools)
WP4 Financial aspects (market introduction)
WP5 Jurisdictional aspects
WP6 End users & privacy aspects
Concrete activitities are still open / need to be defined (discussed with partners at Conference in Gottingen):
- possible focus on block chain technology
- possible focus on testing ICT solutions and privacy matters
- possible focus on consumer behaviour (exchange experiences with other sustainable energy pilots is possible too).