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CREATing cOmmunity eneRgy Systems

Project description

Advanced services for local community energy systems

Local community energy systems (CES) initiators lack the capacity for high-quality simulation, business modelling and automated operations. Local CES lack the services that allow them to employ advanced energy system technology. The EU-funded CREATORS project will support technical, financial and social processes that support local initiators to establish and operate advanced CES. The project will be deployed in four sites in Belgium, Spain, Slovenia and Estonia and reproduced in another six sites in Bulgaria, France, the Netherlands and Spain. The delivered services will reduce preparation and operational costs by 60 %, ensure 99.95 % uptime, reduce capital expenditure by up to 35 % and increase additional incomes by 40 %, resulting in local energy price reduction and job growth across CES.


CREATORS enables local initiators to create and operate advanced Community Energy Systems (CES) by supporting technical, financial and social processes.

With the sector moving beyond inventor-lead pilots, local CES initiators lack the capacity for high-quality simulation, business modelling and automated operations that are required in communities with a range of vectors, 1000s of mixed members, and balancing/ trading that requires controls in milliseconds.

Leading engineering firms Cordeel and COMSA work with specialists in simulation and energy trading (i.LECO) emulation for digital twins (Typhoon HIL), and financing (EnergyPro) to develop services that enable local professionals to apply state of the art energy system technologies. These applications and integrated packages will mature from TRL5-6 to TRL7-8 and eventually be offered as ´CES-as-a-Service´.

The services will deliver 60% preparation and operational costs reductions, ensuring 99,95% uptime, 20-35% CAPEX reduction, and up to 40% additional incomes. The results are 5-10% local energy price reduction (below €0,18kWh) in systems covering all vectors, with 10³ - 10⁴ participants. The approach creates 2 fte jobs in each CES, whilst for partners remote services could reach 10% the system turnover, in what is a high growth market. In standardizing simulation and assessment tools in close collaboration with local stakeholders (30 LoS), the BRIDGE initiative and lenders (industry-lead Investor Confidence Protocols), CREATORS significantly advances commercial readiness (CRI3).

The applications will be developed in 4 sites (Belgium, Spain, Slovenia, Estonia), and replicated in another 6 (the Netherlands, Bulgaria, France, Spain). The pilots mix vectors, participants and business models, covering in total >2000 households, >500SMEs and >5 industrial sites. Ten more prospective CES will be supported in feasibility studies through a competitive process, which also aims to prepare for commercial market entry.

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Net EU contribution
€ 493 500,00
Frank van dyckelaan 15
9140 Temse

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Sint-Niklaas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 211 500,00

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