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RENewAble Integration and SuStainAbility iN energy CommunitiEs

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RENAISSANCE (RENewAble Integration and SuStainAbility iN energy CommunitiEs)

Reporting period: 2019-05-01 to 2020-10-31

Renaissance project is an Innovation Action (IA) which aim is to deliver a community-driven scalable and replicable approach, to implement new business models and technologies supporting clean production and shared distribution of energy in local communities.
In the first phase the Consortium will collect data to identify stable and equitable business cases in four Local Energy Communities (LEC) across Europe, thank to MAMCA analysis.
The resulting scenarios will support the co-design of the ReEnergise tool, which will help identifying the optimal configuration for an integrated and decarbonised Local Energy Systems (LES). The tool will be tested in each Pilot Site and followed by a financial viability assessment.
Thereafter an innovative platform for integrated management and value delivery across all actors will be implemented and interoperability realised.
As a consequence, the energy communities of prosumers at demonstrator sites will be fully connected and the use of RES will likely increase beyond 27% .
In the last phase, the RENAISSANCE approach will be simulated under market conditions connecting 10 sites across the globe, to demonstrate its scalability and replicability.
To deliver a proven community-driven approach which is scalable and replicable globally, RENAISSANCE will:

- bring to the market a set of tools that allow identifying business cases for clean integrated systems in any local environment
- allow dynamic mapping of energy vectors and associated financial values
- identify new business models to activate a critical mass of local stakeholders
In the 1st Reporting Period, the RENAISSANCE Consortium focused on the following activities:
• Development of a detailed implementation manual, describing management and communication procedures and tools, allowing the uninterrupted progress (D1.1 Project implementation plan & internal communication guidelines)
• Elaboration of a detailed Data Management Plan (DMP), in line with the relevant EC guidelines (FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020, GDPR, etc.) in order to improve and maximise access to and reuse data generated by the RENAISSANCE project (D1.4 Data management Plan)
• Specification of protocols and procedures for quality monitoring and risk management (D1.5 Quality assurance plan & risk management plan)
• Investigation and reporting on the energy end-users’ priorities regarding their energy supply and local energy community (LEC) design (D2.1 Report on ranking of technology-business designs for demo sites)
• Investigation and reporting on technical and socio-economic data from Pilot and Demo Sites, using the MAMCA methodology (D2.2 Requirements, expectations and objectives for each demo site)
• Identification and definition of KPIs that can be used for the MAMCA methodology as well for the benchmarking and assessment of different the LECS configurations (D2.3 KPI definition and selection)
• Identification and definition of a global perspective of potential business models (BMs) for existing local energy system configurations (D3.1 Benchmarked business case report phase 1)
• Design and implementation of the smart contracts for several energy markets and energy trading in Local Energy Communities (LECs) - (D3.3 Smart contracts detailed design and implementation).
• Development and presentation of the logical and deployment architectural views of the RENAISSANCE Information Platform (D4.1 RENAISSANCE Information platform integration)
• Investigation and description of the Pilot Sites stakeholders’ requirements, assets available on each pilot site and definition of the main KPIs for each of the sites (D5.1 Output Data Framework)
• Definition and description of a detailed implementation plan containing a roll-out scenario for the RENAISSANCE envisaged solutions and experiments (D5.2 Implementation Plan)
• Presentation of the information on the data platform used in RENAISSANCE project (D6.1 Data Platform)
• Development of the Project visual identity and website, for the communication and dissemination of results (D7.1 RENAISSANCE visual identity (logo, etc.), web site and social media)
• Development of the Project’s communication and dissemination strategy, to successfully engage stakeholders and customers and also to reach communication and dissemination targets (D7.2 RENAISSANCE dissemination & communication strategy and External Stakeholders Group)
• Development of Project communication material, to facilitate engagement and dissemination (D7.3 RENAISSANCE communication material)
• Development of initial exploitation strategies, products and services (D7.5 Market analysis, exploitation & IPR strategy of the project and business models)
• Development of an Ethics strategy, in order to manage related requirements, in accordance to EU and national regulations (D8.1 H – Requirement No. 1, D8.2 POPD – Requirement No. 2)
RENAISSANCE will mature its approach through 3 tiers of demonstrators, which will bring its TRL from 6 to 9. The base is the site of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where advanced generation, storage and management hardware is installed, and highly detailed data is made open source. RENAISSANCE will be demonstrated in 3 sites with different settings; a publicly controlled urban community (GR), an end-user driven urban community (NL) an and-user driven remote community (ES). Finally, the integrated approach will be presented to sites in India, USA, Poland, UK to be ´localised´ and tested against market conditions.
The RENAISSANCE project aims to activate the high potential of replicability of smart grid solutions provided by the RENAISSANCE approach. The approach is a breakthrough in reaching widely applicable and replicable pathways for local energy systems, in particular relevant for small to medium sized communities. To maximise the expected impact, RENAISSANCE has set up an approach for in-project demonstration, replication and wide validation for key markets within Europe and at global level.
Consumer activation will be explored in two ways; where possible, the percentage of consumers in a defined catchment area voluntarily switching to RENAISSANCE energy communities, and as secondary indicator, the percentage of consumer in a defined catchment actively using supporting applications.
The EC maintains as 2030 target for RES share in Gross Final Energy Consumption of 27%. While there are ambitions to localising, there are no targets for local RES. As baseline, RENAISSANCE therefore aims to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of achieving the 2030 target of 27% of energy production at local level. By offsetting non-RES with RES, the annual CO2 emissions savings - measured against CO2 loads for national energy mixes – for the project are 565 tonnes per year.
The RENAISSANCE project could potentially have a major impact on the overall average costs and environmental impact of energy consumption in Europe once replicated at large scale – across all low voltage energy nodes of Europe. Assumptions; other energy islands have a similar local RES capacity as the demonstrators, and the strategic value of oversized DSO/TSO connections is not taken into account.
Policy recommendations towards local authorities and the EC that can foster the development of smart clusters will be developed. Also, policy measures to foster the roll-out and replication of the energy island will be formulated.
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MAMCA Project in Renaissance Project
Project Concept
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