EU Project Clustering event: Smart Energy Services
Join the two online EU Project Clustering events on “Smart Energy Services”, organised by SmartSPIN on 25th April and 17th of May.
With the aim of sharing common ideas, best practices and create new knowledge to accelerate smart energy services, the SmartSPIN project has organised two clustering events– EU Project Clustering event: Smart Energy Services – on 25th April and 17th May 2023. These events bring together top research organisations as well as industrial partners to present their project results and the new smart energy services that will improve the energy efficiency and flexibility in European buildings.
About the event
Have you ever wondered how much energy a building required to provide electricity, heating or air conditioning – some of the few things we take for granted in life? In the European Union buildings independently are considered to be the largest consumer, accounting for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of the generated carbon emissions. According to the latest studies, 75% of all building in the European Union are energy inefficient, and only 1% of them are renovated each year.
Apart from this scenario, the ongoing energy crisis and the urge to become climate-neutral by 2050 have accelerated the interest of the European Union to contribute to smart energy solutions with the aim of guarantee energy security and affordability.
Given the important role smart energy services can play in driving a greener, smarter and consumer-centric energy, several EU-funded projects are currently working to scale up knowledge to secure smart energy services in unleash the energy efficiency and flexibility potential of European buildings.
About the projects:
SmartSPIN is an EU-funded project that aims at developing a new business model to improve energy efficiency and flexibility in commercial rented sector across Europe. The SmartSPIN business solution is expected to deliver benefits to all the parties and to allow both owners and tenants to fully achieve the rewards of energy efficiency improvements and flexibility services while allocating the costs in a fair and more transparent way. During a three-years period, the project will implement, test, demonstrate, and validate its business model in three European pilot sites located in Spain, Greece and Ireland.
SENSEI enables energy efficiency to be rewarded as an energy resource and a new grid service while turning the energy efficiency retrofit project’s value into an investable asset for private financing. SENSEI combines pay-for-performance (P4P) arrangements with the Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) model and engages in negotiation games with preliminary stakeholders. This offers the possibility for stakeholders to shape the SENSEI business models according to their needs. In making buildings more energy-efficient and attractive for third-party investors, SENSEI is fostering the business community to contribute to the EU climate goals while avoiding the construction of new power plants and reducing grid infrastructure costs.
eCREW coordinates and supports the roll-out of an innovative scheme of household cooperation in energy management, addressing Community Renewable Energy Webs (CREWs), in which households jointly exploit household-level electricity generation and battery storage capacities and optimise energy efficiency and expenditures. The eCREW model is based on an innovative conceptual approach that makes available to the different actors of the energy system, new and powerful tools to address the challenges related to the production, distribution and sale of renewable energies. Indeed, eCREW model provides effective means to motivate citizens in joining an energy community and keep them involved; it provides practical tools to monitor the energy flows and to distribute the costs and the benefits among the members; it paves the way for the energy companies to exploit their competencies and assets by playing a key role in the sustainable renewal of our energy system and, finally, it could act as a connecting link between energy communities and the local authorities.
New EPCs in the residential sector need to disengage from current old-fashioned savings-based performance contracts and allow to evolve energy market trends with the introduction of novel hybrid schemes that do not only reduce costs, but also create new revenue streams for the end-consumers/ prosumers, by empowering them to participate in energy transactions and become active players to the overlay energy market actors. In this context, frESCO project will deliver the next generation of EPC under the principle of Pay for Performance. The innovative hybrid energy services combine Building retrofitting and investments for the installation of smart equipment (metering, sensing, actuating), together with extended offerings for the installation of distributed generation (PV) and storage (batteries) units; Energy efficiency measures, spanning behavioural transformation, targeted guidance towards energy savings, along with more advanced concepts for net metering/ self-consumption maximization through smart automation at both building and local energy community level; Explicit Demand Flexibility services for Grid Operators and other Non-energy services such as comfort preservation, air quality, security and surveillance.
The main objective of the Smart EPC project is to enable the transition towards smart, sustainable cities and municipalities by utilizing energy efficiency as a key potential of new, emerging technologies and services. Refurbishment of old and inefficient public lighting units with the integration of IoT technology and Smart City components will pave the way for a wide range of energy and non-energy related services and applications, including public safety ensuring, traffic management, EV charging, environmental monitoring and next generation of cellular communication. The project’s objective is to develop standardized energy performance contracting (EPC) documentation for integrating energy and non-energy related services.
NEON will exploit building energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and storage, and demand flexibility to increase energy savings, reduce CO2 emissions, and provide cost savings. Four Citizen Energy Communities (MUNICIPALITY OF BERCHIDDA, ITALY); DOMAINE DE LA SOURCE, FRANCE; INDUSTRIAL PARK LAS CABEZAS, SPAIN; BUSINESS PARK STAINS CITY, FRANCE) have been preselected to provide adequate testbed for identification and showcase of NEON service concepts and business models.
By 2050, Energy Efficiency (EE) alone can deliver 35% of cumulative CO2 savings to stay below the 1.5° and reach The Paris Agreement. Unfortunately strong market barriers slow down the market adoption of EE, and financing to such applications are slow. Servitisation, also known as Product-as-a-Service can effectively and sustainably remove these market barriers and accelerate the deployment of energy efficiency and climate impact solutions while incentivising a circular economy. The model is an innovative approach that benefits the people, the economy and the planet. The project of Efficiency as a Service (EaaS) is an H2020 funded project aiming to accelerate the deployment of this model for Energy Efficient solutions in Europe, starting by Belgium, Spain and The Netherlands, where Agoria, ANESE and InnoEnergy are leading the implementation respectively and the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) is the coordinator.
D^2EPC ambitiously aims to set the grounds for the next generation of digital and dynamic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings. The proposed framework leverages both the static digital information included in BIM documentation as well as operational data from the buildings’ IoT infrastructure to replicate their behavior, resulting to the concept of “building digital twins”. The end-users are provided with a novel set of energy, environmental, financial, and human comfort and wellbeing indicators through the proposed EPC classification scheme.
InEExS explores the deployment of integrated energy services across sectors and carriers, and the tokenization of energy saving data in a public blockchain to facilitate cooperation among market segments and actors.
ENACT is a 3-year initiative, tasked with ‘enabling national action on commercial renovation’. It is SEAI funded. Led by the Irish Green Building Council, the consortium is composed of the University of Galway, Sustainability Works, Dublin Chambers of Commerce and the Society for Chartered Surveyors of Ireland on this.