The main objective of CESEPS is to support the development of smart energy products and services for local smart grids that better respond to the demands and concerns of all stakeholders in terms of performance, cost, reliability, safety and robustness, sustainability and energy-efficiency, and end-users’ comfort. The research in this project is focused on comparative validation of technologies and concepts of existing demonstrations and the further development of new innovative energy products and services for the present and medium-term using a co-evolutionary approach.
Specific project objectives:
- To develop knowledge about the role of stakeholders and end users in local smart grid pilots by gaining insights into their needs and wishes for smart energy products and services, the needed changes in their energy practices, and contextual barriers encountered.
- To develop knowledge about the actual performance of technologies in local smart grid pilots by evaluating monitoring data from these projects and executing measurements on site. Complementary to the experimental approach, theoretical modelling of energy performance of smart grid technologies and their interaction will be established.
- On the basis of these insights (from 1 and 2) to construct a set of specifications, designs, and implementation guidelines for the development of smart energy products and services for local smart grids that enable the development of fully functional solutions for a better smart grid environment and its elements and users.
- It is aimed to accelerate the innovation process of smart energy products and services by informing stakeholders at intermediate points through the project and receiving their feedback to be included in the project.
- To develop energy products and services that can be customized for individual households as well as communities, integrating the knowledge and needs of inhabitants and other stakeholders.
- To implement some of these newly developed energy products and services on test sites of the consortium
- To develop novel local network modelling for both AC and DC smart grids with and without storage with a focus on e-vehicles, demand side management, increased hosting capacity, and customer safety.
- To develop scenarios for medium and long term future visions of local smart grids in the Netherlands, Austria and Europe on the basis of the theoretical framework for co-evolution of smart energy products and services.
- To validate and scale the smart energy products under various situations, including a co-simulation framework combining real and simulated components for scaling and replication.
To realize these objectives and to achieve these goals, the project will perform a comparative validation of smart grid technologies and concepts in more than four existing demonstration projects in the Netherlands under the umbrella of the Smart Energy Collective of DNV GL, such as PowerMatching City, Your Energy Moment, Heerhugowaard, Lochem, Gorinchem and a new pilot at Ameland and in six ongoing pilots Austria called E-mobility on Demand, PlanGridEV, iWPP-Flex, EcoGrid EU, hybrid-VPP4DSO, IGREENGrid, and others. Adding to existing smart grid pilots, both Dutch and Austrian consortium members will develop innovative technological concepts for e-vehicles with fuel cells, solar charging and other charging solutions within the framework of the Green Village (TUD), Living Lab (UT), Energy storage (TU Graz), COTEVOS (AIT), DC grids (TUD), Vehicle2Grid Utrecht (UU) through simulation and experimental laboratory set ups.