This project has received funding in the framework of the joint programming initiative ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus. The initiative has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646039.

To achieve the goals, the project is divided into the following work packages:

 

WP 1 Management and Dissemination (SIN)

The objective is the successful coordination of the project and the flawless execution by meeting all milestones and deliveries according to the time schedule as well as to ensure efficient and relevant dissemination and external communication.

 

WP 2 Design of local markets and related Business models (TU/e)

This WP will merge different local market designs in order to obtain an improved version. This WP will be based on results obtained in the EMPOWER local market design, the DISPATCH project and the Local System Operator approach. Moreover, this design will include new capabilities as the usage of storage units as a bank hub, the additional services, and the island mode.

 

Furthermore, this WP will adapt the local market design to the project pilots using a simulation tool in order to consider local constraints. The simulation tool will be continually developed during the project, in order to be able to analyse and tackle increasingly more sophisticated settings.

 

Moreover, this WP will synthesize critical contingencies for successful local market designs (e.g. varying target customers, organization design and market strategy choices, pricing schemes and regulatory frameworks, etc.). It does so based on simulation results and the feedbacks received from pilot regions and from selected case studies. A key deliverable is the creation of an implementation guideline and a standardized process for successfully replicating the implementation of local market design including flexibility management.

 

WP 3 Digital innovation for local markets (eSmart)
 

Operating a local market requires ICT-systems that can retrieve and analyse data, send control signals to equipment in the field and controlling market trading. Forecasting tools will be needed to have consumption and generation foresights which is crucial information for the local market operation.

 

Moreover, this WP will develop the End-user trading platform used by market participants to interact and negotiate for local energy. The trading platform will offer access through a webpage and a mobile app to help participants in trading.

Finally, the ICT-systems will process all data from the fields to offer additional services to members in order to create alarms, and recommendations managing big data volumes from sensors and messages exchanged. eSmart has developed such tools for the EMPOWER project, and will adapt these tools the storage as a market hub concept.

 

WP 4 Application of the local markets in pilots

The project will have two pilots that will implement local energy market based on using storage as a market hub. By having pilots in different regions with different pricing regimes, regulations, consumption patterns and taxes, we seek to gather experience on implementing such local markets in different regions. The arena for the local markets will include users connected to the same distribution grid but the specific size varies from country to country.

 

Pilot region 1: Norway (Skagerak Energi)

Skagerak Energi seeks to develop local energy system with solar panels (apr. 650kWp) and storage (0,5-1 MWh)  in connection to stadium located in Skien. The battery storage will store the excessive energy from local production and also manage load balancing when the stadium floodlights are lit. In addition there is a local community connected to the stadium building including both residential and commercial customers with either smart meters or remotely read hourly meters. Possible balancing services for this local community may also be included. Base funding for this will be received from ENOVA and E-REGIO budget is used for implementing the local markets in the pilot.

 

Pilot region 2: Sweden (KIC-InnoEnergy)

A demonstration pilot will be conducted in Multi Dwelling Units (MDUs) owned by the municipality owned company Örebrobostäder AB (“ÖBO”). The pilot project will verify and demonstrate the functionality of LSOs technical platform, the Energy Operating System (EOS). The components that the EOS will control are within two categories: Sustainable Energy Products like PV panels, EV chargers and storage units, and Building Facility Loads such as lights, elevators and ventilation system. The idea is to bring this platform to the next step in integrating those technologies to enable prosumers, provide frequency regulation, peak-shaving and other services to the different stakeholders, and develop the internal sharing economy of LSO.

WP 5 Knowledge community (SIN)

This work package is the standard work package for all ERA-Net SG+ projects. It includes involvement in formative evaluation, crosscutting knowledge community activities and deliverables to the ERA-Net SG+ initiative. The objective is to derive and diffuse key learnings and prescriptions for the successful implementation of smart community energy business models to platform partners. The module identifies the factors that inhibit and that motivate key market actors' participation in local markets and their adoption of related technologies. Key learnings will be disseminated to key stakeholders in different formats (e.g. reports, training, workshops, newsletters, etc.).

E-REGIO PROJECT WORKFLOW