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Integrating community power in energy islands

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - COMPILE (Integrating community power in energy islands)

Reporting period: 2018-11-01 to 2019-10-31

COMPILE aims to show the opportunities of energy islands for decarbonisation of energy supply, community building and creating environmental and socioeconomic benefits. These opportunities are demonstrated at 5 pilot sites with the help of 6 tools. With the technological development and the increasing integration of RES, storage of various energy vectors supported by new organisational measures and business models is used to foster the development of local energy systems and to boost the use of local energy sources. In COMPILE we focus on showing the benefit of cooperation through EnC that will help solving current and arising grid problems in a coordinated way, avoiding the costly network reinforcement while leading to an increased RES share.
The main objectives are: empowering Local Energy Systems (transition from a centralized system into a flexible but secure decentralized network), optimal integration and control of all the energy vectors, storage and electromobility options to maximize decarbonisation and energy savings, foster the creation of energy communities taking into account positive effects on the local economy and user acceptance including vulnerable groups, create new ways to stimulate actors in the value chain to cooperate, enabling them to maximize the societal benefit, to foster the adoption of the technological solutions and to enable a large-scale replication of the developed technological solutions and business models.
"WP1 has been setting the administrative and management system for overall project planning, coordination and reporting. UL has ensured that the project is meeting its deadlines and delivering the anticipated results. The activities included were ongoing formal and informal meetings with partners, contract and resource/budget monitoring, deliverable scheduling, administrative support, quality assurance and submission of deliverables. Online collaboration space was established on Teamwork and the official project website was created.
WP2 provides the foundations for setting up the pilot sites. An analysis was carried out to determine the basic characteristics of energy islands from technical and regulatory point of view. An assessment of the regulatory and legal frameworks in COMPILE pilot and follower countries was carried out, expanded to other European countries, and published as a working paper entitled Collective self-consumption and energy communities: Overview of emerging regulatory approach in Europe. System architecture described the internal architecture of 4 COMPILE technical tools, along with definitions and the architecture of the 7 technical use cases. Report on interoperability guidelines introduced the communication interfaces between the ICT tools. 5 sets of messages were defined, that are used for exchange of data related to past, actual and planned operation of components of local energy system, energy delivery tariffs and planning and activation of flexibility potential of assets. 70 KPIs were defined based on goals of individual use cases and mapped to use cases and pilot sites.
WP3 focusses on analysis and modelling framework for the project. UL and JR made the analysis of forecasting techniques to be used in COMPILE. Data models described in WP2 were investigated, to facilitate the collaboration between EVRule and the rest of COMPILE tools. The setup of an environment for software deployment has started. The necessities of the tools in each pilot have been analysed in order to prepare the properly sized infrastructure. The necessary adaptations of the current version of ComPilot were studied in order to fit the necessities of the EnC, including a dedicated end user interface.
WP4 sets the methodology to enable the creation of EnC in the pilot sites and beyond. RESC and JR developed a basic version of the Maturity Framework. This framework provided a set of criteria to assess the maturity of a citizens group towards developing democratic representativeness and market impact, as well as recommendations to the citizens group based on this analysis. The maturity scale was designed to allow comparison and assessment between more mature and less mature communities in order to facilitate reciprocal learning.
WP5 guides and monitors the implementation of activities in the pilot sites. The signature of the contracts for PV installation was done by Petrol and ZEZ has successfully finished their crowdfunding for the ""Sunny roof campaign"". All the other partners had also successfully approached the communities and started the process of establishing EnC.
WP6 assess the overall impacts of the proposed and developed COMPILE solutions when deployed at the selected pilot sites. Special questionnaires were designed for the canvassing activity that will be carried out in the same way periodically every year to track the progress. The questions cover different social aspects, from environmental awareness, solidarity between community members, the inclusion of vulnerable groups, the energy efficiency of the EnC members, understanding the energy system and billing process, security and privacy issues. A satisfactory number of respondents at each pilot site participated in the survey.
WP7 focusses on creation of suitable business models. Partners have been active in BRIDGE and will continue to actively participate in the meetings, task forces or any other activity related to the initiative. International cooperation plan has been prepared and presented to all the partners at GM3 in Athens. Work related to a scoping paper on international examples for EnC comparing approaches in the EU and US with approaches in India and China has started. This internal document should serve as input for the upcoming exchange and common research activities with partners from India and China.
WP8 is about addressing the communication and dissemination activities. 25 dissemination events were carried out and more than 1.200 people reached through them. This was reflected in many activities on social media channels and project’s website. The project was promoted also through two newsletters, brochure, rollup and through the first pilot site movie. Preparations for the first Advisory Board Meeting started in P1."
COMPILE objectives follow the goals of EC about RES, decarbonisation, community engagement and EU action for smart villages. COMPILE has a vision that flexible energy community-supported networks interplay with current centralized system and with optimized planning, increasing societal benefit. This leads to a more economical use of resources, help local businesses and decarbonise local areas. COMPILE aims to increase digitisation of EnC to facilitate RES integration, increase the level of self-consumption and decrease RES curtailment. COMPILE fosters the creation of EnC and activation of end users, which will result in economic and environmental benefits for the society. COMPILE continues the work of previous developments and bring them to higher TRL levels and thus improve/support the progress of ICT and control technologies. COMPILE dissemination, exploitation & communication plans strive to maximize the project technical, social and economic impact among the key stakeholders and general public across Europe. COMPILE spreads the EnC ideas, concepts and most important, COMPILE results and products on international level through established cooperation with Indian and Chinese partners.