On 29 January 2019 the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus project CESEPS held its Final Meeting at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Vienna. The CESEPS project aimed at advancing the understanding and development of local smart grids, their energy performance, and the role of different stakeholders including end users in The Netherlands and Austria.
The CESEPS consortium consisting of University of Twente, Wageningen University of Research, Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology, DNV GL, eseia, TU Graz and Austrian Institute of Technology has been coordinated by Prof. Angèle Reinders from University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and Prof. Lothar Fickert from TU Graz on the Austria side. In the past three years it has received 1,7 million euro of research funding resulting in many papers and a final report which is available by today on this website.
The research teams have shared knowledge, comparative cases, technologies and analysis of smart energy products and services of smart grids pilot projects in both countries, while further developing the ERA-Net three-layer research model that encourages a multidisciplinary research approach for energy research. Their research of different aspects of smart grids – such as technologies used, market context and stakeholder involvement – has pointed out some of the constraints that limit their fast growth despite excellent technical performance, such as the current electrical energy market or the problems encountered by end users in the adoption of smart grids.
CESEPS has made progress towards the implementation of smart grids in Europe. The successful introduction of smart grids powered by renewable energy is expected to lead to a different model of electricity generation that involves “conscientious consumers” (as compared to current “passive users”) and a decrease of CO2 emissions while making the grid more stable and flexible at the same time.
Apart from the final report, nearly 60 papers have been published by the Dutch and Austrian teams, which can be downloaded by this link.
The CESEPS team wishes that their contribution to the research in the field of residential smart grids, will be used by the research community and the energy industry.