RENergetic – Community-empowered Sustainable Multi-Vector Energy Islands

RENergetic empowers Renewable Energy Communities to inhabit Energy Islands based on an Economy of Quality (quality attributed to the value of living and working in a clean energy society), fueling their involvement in processes traditionally hidden for local communities such as heat supply (towards innovative heat DSR), BMS actions, aggregated energy island decarbonisation status, etc.

RENergetic gives the power back to the people to find their role in optimized demand response services and to receive a higher level of control over the energy infrastructure that surrounds them. Energy communities are considered as a multi-layered and dynamic concept including legal definitions – clarifying responsibilities and ownership, and formalising economic relations – within and outside the community, and a layer of social activities evolving over time. The social interaction layer of energy (island) communities is called an “energy hub”. RENergetic furthermore fosters the community engagement by (1) increasing the share of renewable energy usage, and (2) demonstrating that the dynamic orchestration and joint optimisation of multiple energy vectors can realize a considerable additional reduction of the CO2 footprint of a local community compared to independent optimizations of individual systems.

Novel strategies for system services may be needed that encompass the increasingly active role of these end user communities. (Artificial) intelligence and smart control strategies (machine learning) at the edges of the power grid may play an increasingly important role in the near future. This may lead to a cognitive system where artificial grid intelligence and human intelligence blend within sustainable energy communities, predominantly characterized by renewable energy characteristics.

RENergetic will consider technical, socio-economic and legal viability, ensuring easy integration with existing energy management systems and cooperation with external utilities networks without burdening the higher level grid, safe-guarding economic viability with respect to both the local and commercial stakeholders, and by proposing mitigation measures for identified legal hurdles.

Contact:  Sonja Klingert, Benedikt Kirpes

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