160 people joined the final EcoGrid EU conference
On Tuesday September 15th the final EcoGrid EU results were presented at the EcoGrid EU conference. About 160 people joined the conference at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby. They listened to the experiences from the EcoGrid EU demonstration, project, which has come to an end after four and a half year.
«Despite of challenges and steep learning curve along the road, the results of the demonstration are very satisfying» said Per Lund, Energinet.dk (the Danish Transmission System Operator). He was responsible for the overall evaluation of the demonstration project.
The project coordinator Ove Grande from Sintef Energy Research was happy with the final results. He was also proud of the recognition the project has received such as the international nomination to the `Sustainia award´ for the best ICT solution (2012) and the `Honourable Mentioned´ prize (ISGAN/GSGF) for consumer engagement on Bornholm (2014).
Maja Bendtsen, Østkraft (host of the demonstration on Bornholm) referred to the final customer survey where 70% of the respondents (900 households) gave a positive rating to the overall EcoGrid EU project and that almost 80% would like to participate again in a project such as EcoGrid EU.
«In the current regulatory framework, incentives to have efficient system operation is too low», said Georgios Giannopoulos, ELIA, (System Operator in Belgium). He was responsible for the EcoGrid EU Roadmap and the recommendations to policy makers: «We need incentives for more efficient operation, this will improve utilization of the assets and postpone investments. Innovation is likely to result in more sophisticated and efficient operation. Smart network tariff structures should incentivize active consumers and system needs and cost of energy should be better communicated and understood by all stakeholders».
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The Final EcoGrid EU reports
Three final EcoGrid EU reports present the overall demonstration results and the lessons learned from the field-test of the EcoGrid EU real-time market on Bornholm, including key recommendations for policy makers and stakeholders:
– EcoGrid EU: From Implementation to Demonstration (2015)
– EcoGrid EU: Overall Evaluation and Conclusions (2015)
– EcoGrid EU: Replication Roadmap (2015)
A brief summary is given in the brochure "EcoGrid EU: Findings and recommendations".
You can download the three EcoGrid EU reports and the brochure here >> or click on the pictures below.
The overall conclusions of the EcoGrid EU evaluation team are:
* A real-time price signal can be used to activate flexible consumption
* There is a significant peak load reduction potential: The activation of flexible consumption with a five-minute real-time signal reduced the total peak load of the EcoGrid EU participants by approx. 670 kW or 1.2% of the peak load on Bornholm
* The flexible demand response can be forecasted – with some certainty – resulting in overall improved system efficiency
* Households, having equipment that controlled their heating system to respond automatically to price signals, accounted for 87% of the peak load reduction
* Involving the customers is the key to success. Personalised advice works best, but should be kept to a minimum due to the sheer volume in a national roll-out
* Standardised 2nd generation smart grid equipment is necessary
From market design to implementation
This report explains the story of the EcoGrid EU. The design phase is completed and the first phase of the field-test on the Danish Island Bornholm has been ramping up since May 2013. Read the summary of the EcoGrid EU Report right here, or click on the picture to the right to download the full report.