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Integrated multi-vector management system for Energy isLANDs

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - E-LAND (Integrated multi-vector management system for Energy isLANDs)

Reporting period: 2018-12-01 to 2020-03-31

Towards achieving the overall goal of supporting the decarbonization of energy islands by creating a low-carbon energy system there are still technology, societal and business challenges to overcome.
From the technology point of view, different energy sectors are de-coupled from both operational and planning viewpoints even though interactions exist. To harvest the full potential of all available assets, it is crucial to overcome this barrier. With regards to energy storage, energy can be stored in various forms but there is a lack of optimisation tools to co-manage different storage types. And finally, for year-round reliability, a seasonal imbalance in generation and demand needs to be handled.
Societal challenges arise from the fact, that many ‘energy technology’ related roll-outs have technical and financial focus only, without trying to understand how new innovations can most effectively be adopted by the communities. If this challenge is not tackled, innovations end up unused after the trial period.
Regarding the business challenges, energy industry lacks proper tools which can be used for bringing innovation to the business models and to venture into new market comprising of multi-vector energy systems. In addition, approaching the energy transition as a community is gaining momentum in Europe, thus communities need viable business models to run a local energy business. Finally, introducing multi-vector energy systems opens new market opportunities for different types of energy storage and new business models are required to take advantage of the opportunities.

E-LAND will solve these challenges by developing the E-LAND Toolbox for Multi-Energy Islands.
The specific objectives:
1) Develop multi-vector energy optimisation algorithms
2) Develop and integrate the technology tools
3) Increase the use of, and further develop and validate the current and most advanced innovative business models
4) Create new business opportunities for different storage technologies
5) Achieve an economically viable system
6) Understand how the dynamics of existing communities work to secure impact
7) Enforce the role of citizens and communities as active players in implementing new technology
8) Implement a modular toolbox and validate the viability and impact of these tools in three regions in Europe and one region in India
During the first period, significant work has been conducted towards achieving the project specific objectives.

With regards to technology development, main focus has been in setting the common foundation through the use-case development work. A set of use cases related to multi-vector energy islands was analysed, from which the functional and non-functional requirements of the technological tools of the E-LAND toolbox were elaborated and the architectural description of the overall system and its elements was defined. Based on this work, the technical tools development started, and all technical tools are currently under development as planned.

Community engagement started from the beginning of the project in collaboration with the E-LAND pilot partners to ensure smooth engagement. In parallel The Common Impact Model tool was developed. Site visits at the pilot sites were conducted. Through this fieldwork, stakeholders were interviewed for collecting inputs for the first and second phases of the Common Impact Model. In addition, the Indian pilot site visit was organized following the same process as with the European site visits. After this initial data collection and tool development phase, activities have been focusing on the implementation and evaluation of engagement activities.

Regarding the business model development and exploitation activities, key progress during this period was a stakeholder analysis, by which 23 key stakeholders have been identified and recruited under stakeholder innovation group. Stakeholder review has been complemented by market review of the market trends and the business model innovation principles. Market review together with creation of business model innovation topic matrix has provided the ground for the development of the E-LAND business model patterns later in the project. More than 50 businesses have been benchmarked using the innovation topic matrix. Draft business models for pilots were defined.

Finally, implementation activities were started to ensure successful piloting of the tools. These activities started with screening the existing infrastructure in the 3 European pilot sites through site visits. These visits contributed to the description of the existing pilot site infrastructure, as well as developing the architectures for each pilot site. Further, a gap analysis was performed, detecting necessary infrastructure devices needed for facilitating the pilots for the piloting period. In addition, KPIs for the piloting activities have been developed. Based on the screening work and architectures developed, orders have been made for the needed devises.
Progress beyond the state of the art can be structured under the development of the E-LAND tools in the framework of multi-vector local energy systems.
Regarding the technical tools, conceptual model of Multi-vector Local Energy System has been developed. Requirements for the E-LAND toolbox and it’s integration were revealed and documented and based on these, technical design of the solution was developed.
Based on this work, the development of the different tools of the E-LAND toolbox has been carried out. The development is still in progress but the integration between them can be started in order to test some functionalities.

With regards to community tools, The common impact model has been developed and it goes beyond current community engagement tools by combining state of the art community frameworks and community input. A generic model is customized through field site data, focus groups and on-site inspections to ensure that new technology is met with acceptance and a sense of ownership within the community

The business model innovator tool is under development. Progress achieved so far has been related to identifying the underlying trends, relevant actors and markets. In addition, four innovation topics have been identified and structured in 2-by-2-matrix. More than 50 businesses in the energy domain from EU were benchmarked using this matrix. The benchmarking highlights area where business model innovation is currently happening when it comes to energy domain and considering E-LAND peculiarity.

By the end of the project, E-LAND expects to conclude the development of the various tools and implement the E-LAND toolbox in the 3 pilot sites in Europe. In addition, 2 Indian partners are included for simulations and follow up piloting plans. Project has identified the following summarized impact points to be reached.
- Relevant, compatible and supportive with the broad EU energy policy context and contributing to the 2030 Climate-Energy objectives
- Validating solutions for decarbonisation of the local energy system by benchmarking technical solutions and business models that can be replicated in many local regions and that are acceptable to local citizens.
- Enhancing the involvement of local energy consumers and producers and test new business models and reduce loneliness through enabling citizens collaboration within the energy community
Front poster for E-LAND