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Integrated Modular Energy Systems and Local Flexibility Trading for Neural Energy Islands

Objective

The de-centralization of electricity generation requires equally de-centralized and affordable solutions to integrate more RES, increase the security of supply and decarbonize the EU energy future. The combination and unique integration of de-centralized storage with technologies for local energy system optimization, including demand response, electric vehicle charging optimization and synergies with other energy vectors at the local level, can offer a cost-efficient pathway (in comparison to high-CAPEX grid upgrade investments) for local energy systems optimization in presence of high volumes of volatile and intermittent RES, since huge amounts of currently non-utilized flexibility can be unleashed to ensure optimal congestion management and effective tackling of local instabilities and imbalances. MERLON introduces an Integrated Modular Local Energy Management Framework for the Holistic Operational Optimization of Local Energy Systems in presence of high shares of volatile distributed RES. Optimization in MERLON applies to multiple levels spanning optimal coordination of local generation, with demand and storage flexibility, as well as flexibility offered by EVs and CHP Plants to facilitate maximum RES integration, avoidance of curtailment and satisfaction of balancing/ ancillary grid needs. MERLON will enable the realization of novel business models, allowing local energy communities to introduce themselves in local flexibility markets, while paving the way for the realization of novel Microgrid-as-a-Service models, assigning to local DSOs the role of “Aggregator of Aggregators” for the provision of added value services to the overlay distribution grid. It equips local stakeholders (DSOs, energy cooperatives, prosumers) with innovative and highly effective tools for the establishment of robust business practices to exploit their microgrids and dynamic VPPs as balancing and ancillary assets toward grid stability and alleviation of network constraints.
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Coordinator

HYPERTECH (CHAIPERTEK) ANONYMOS VIOMICHANIKI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA PLIROFORIKIS KAI NEON TECHNOLOGION

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32 Perikleous Street
15232 Chalandri Athina

Greece

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 532 000

Participants (12)

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ATOS SPAIN SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 442 750

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 561 250

COBRA INSTALACIONES Y SERVICIOS S.A

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 515 375

SUITE5 DATA INTELLIGENCE SOLUTIONS LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 586 250

ENERGIE GUSSING GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 449 750

SOREA SOCIETE DES REGIES DE L'ARC

France

EU Contribution

€ 742 087,50

EUROPAISCHES ZENTRUM FUR ERNEUERBARE ENERGIE GUSSING GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 673 500

MERIT CONSULTING HOUSE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 376 250

XOROTEXNIKI ANONYMO TEXNIKO ETAIREIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 188 825

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 440 183,75

UNIVERSITY OF PELOPONNESE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 231 250

INDIA SMART GRID FORUM

India

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 824386

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 382 308,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 739 471,25

Coordinated by:

HYPERTECH (CHAIPERTEK) ANONYMOS VIOMICHANIKI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA PLIROFORIKIS KAI NEON TECHNOLOGION

Greece