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PROSumers for the Energy Union: mainstreaming active participation of citizens in the energy transition

Project description

Empowering Europe’s renewable energy prosumers

There’s a new phenomenon emerging across Europe: prosumers. Not only do they consume renewable energy, but they also produce it. However, the rapid growth of prosumers poses a challenge to Europe’s current energy market structures and institutions. In this context, the EU-funded PROSEU project aims to enable the integration of prosumers into the European Energy Union. Specifically, the project’s interdisciplinary team, in collaboration with policymakers and stakeholders from eight countries, will conduct research on new business models, market regulations, technology scenarios, and energy policies. By employing a quasi-experimental approach and closely examining prosumer communities, start-ups and businesses, it will identify incentive structures that promote the mainstreaming of renewable energy prosumerism.

Objective

PROSEU aims to enable the mainstreaming of the prosumer phenomenon into the European Energy Union. Prosumers are active energy users who both consume and produce renewable energy (RE). The growth of prosumerism all over Europe challenges current energy market structures and institutions. PROSEU research will look into new business models, market regulations, infrastructural integration, technology scenarios and energy policies. PROSEU’s interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary team will closely work together with RE Prosumer Initiatives (15 Living Labs), policymakers and other stakeholders from eight countries, following a quasi-experimental approach to learn how prosumer communities, start-ups and businesses are dealing with their own challenges, and to determine what incentive structures will enable the mainstreaming of RE Prosumerism, while safeguarding citizen participation, inclusiveness and transparency. Moving beyond a case by case and fragmented body of research on prosumers, PROSEU will build an integrated knowledge framework for a socio-political, socioeconomic, business and financial, technological, socio-technical and sociocultural understanding of RE prosumerism and coalesce in a comprehensive identification and assessment of incentive structures to enable the process of mainstreaming RE prosumers in the context of the energy transition.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-RIA-TwoStage

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FCIENCIAS.ID - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE CIENCIAS
Net EU contribution
€ 346 625,00
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Campo grande, edificio c1, piso 3
1749 016 Lisbon
Portugal

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Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
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Research Organisations
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