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Integrated multi-vector management system for Energy isLANDs

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - E-LAND (Integrated multi-vector management system for Energy isLANDs)

Reporting period: 2020-04-01 to 2021-07-31

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 second period, significant work has been conducted towards achieving the project-specific objectives.

The development of most of the technology tools have been carried out: Data pre-processing application, Energy forecaster, Multi-Vector Simulator, Energy Planning Application, Enterprise Service Bus and Data Visualisation component. The development of Optimal Scheduler is in its final stage for each pilot site according to their features and primary use cases. In addition, the Risk Toolkit was developed.

Regarding the Common Impact Model a ‘tool layer’ was added to compliment the community engagement process established in reporting period one. Our new Indian partner Auroville Consulting was engaged via a remote site visit. Based on their input, BRIDGE collaboration with H2020 project Renaissance was established to coordinate community engagement efforts in Auroville. Regarding the European pilots, community engagement efforts have been designed and executed to complement ongoing piloting work.

The Business Model Innovation (BMI) tool was developed. Using benchmarked businesses, 25 generic business model patterns were derived to support business model development for energy communities and related stakeholders. An innovation process has been designed to facilitate the use of the tool. A digital version of tool was created which will be made public in upcoming period. The tool has been tested with the pilots. To promote the use of E-LAND toolbox 36 SIG members have been registered and are engaged frequently via newsletter and events. Dedicated workshop was organised with Indian collaboration partners to support them in understanding the toolbox as well as identifying relevant use cases and scenarios for them. Relevant exploitable result owners have identified fitting IP strategy for their business. Interviews were held to formulate draft (joint) exploitation plan. Regulatory assessment is ongoing on country level.


Finally, implementation activities have been ongoing to ensure successful piloting of the tools. During the 2nd period, pilot implementation has been ongoing.
The testing of the E-LAND toolbox has started community tools and business model tool being used with all pilot sites in Europe and India, while the technology tools implementation has been carried out with updates of customized architectures.
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, Data pre-processing application, Energy forecaster, Multi-Vector Simulator, Energy Planning Application, Enterprise Service Bus and Data Visualisation component were developed during this period. The development of Optimal Scheduler is still being carried out for each pilot site according to their features and primary use cases. In addition, the Risk Toolkit, which provides valuable insights for communities to address risk, privacy and security in their solutions and services was developed.

With regards to community tools, the Common Impact Model developed in the previous period was improved and extended by adding a ‘tool layer’ to compliment the community engagement process established in reporting period one. This includes tools for each phase of the CIM (data collocation, analysis, engagement) including a modular scoping questionnaire, community profile template, and tactical workbook template.

The Business Model Innovation (BMI) tool was developed which comprises of core areas and patterns relevant for the energy community business model. Using benchmarked businesses, 25 generic business model patterns were derived to support business model development for energy communities and related stakeholders. Together with the tool, an innovation process has been designed to facilitate the use of the tool. A digital version of the tool was created which will be made public in the upcoming period.

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