Integrating sustainable, local and flexible energy sources in the Smart Grid

Team RED

We are an interdisciplinary team from the Eindhoven University of Technology, who are working on the application of technologies in order to make the current electrical grid smarter.


Goal Smart Grid: A grid that can integrate local and flexible energy assets into the energy system, in order to make energy use more sustainable.
Where? On the campus of the Eindhoven University of Technology, there is the opportunity to create a living lab platform to do experiments in a Smart Grid context.


Valuation Coordination Cost-benefit. Allocation
Interactive Map Simulate and valuate impact of technologies on the existing grid Coordinate interaction between stakeholders Allocate the mix of energy technologies for an optimal future system.
Living Lab Valuate the energy that flows between the assets. Optimizing local and national markets Coordinate interaction of assets within the operational grid in real-time Allocate the costs and benefits of research amongst the involved stakeholders
Long-term Scaling Valuate energy services and user interaction in real markets and environments Coordinate transaction mechanisms and long term infrastructure investments Allocate the costs and benefits for prosumers, DSO’s, industry and society

Project 1: Interactive Map

The smart meter infrastructure on campus provides the opportunity to visualize and model the energy flows on campus. This creates the ability to have an open discussion platform where professors, companies and other interested partners can discuss ideas about interventions in the grid. The value of this is in the simulations that can be performed to directly see the impact of potential changes in the grid. This impact analysis can help in deciding which experiment would be useful to do in a real life environment

Project 2: Living Lab

Turning the university campus grid into a living lab will illustrate the effectiveness of technology solutions in interaction with each other. Implementing a democratic local flex market based on a decentralized ledger would create a real life operational smart grid environment. This opens up the possibility of a wide range of flexible energy technologies (e.g. batteries, heat storage, electric cars) to be tested in interaction in a real-time market environment. Testing the features of some technologies could launch new research, create awareness about innovations and modernize the energy use of campus.

Project 3: Long-term Scaling

As a final step before technologies can be introduced in the market, we want to investigate the time horizon of the implementation to make sure that revenues are profitable on the long term. A feasible transaction mechanism has to be developed that ensures reliability and transparency for energy providers as well as distributors as well as consumers.

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In cooperation with:
TU/e and Innovation Space