E-REGIO is in its final phase:
“The Skagerak pilot has become a Norwegian flagship in the industry”
This fall, the E-REGIO project will be concluded. During its lifespan, five partners have tested two local market concepts in a real, full-scale setting and determined their viability.
By Mari Kristine Buckholm, 26 October 2020
“Both market concepts prove that a local market can provide economic benefits for parties involved, and function as a mitigating unit for the electricity supply at different levels,” says Xiaomei Cheng, Senior Researcher at Smart Innovation Norway, which is the coordinator of the E-REGIO project (2017-2020).
The international project is funded by ERA-NET Smart Grid, a program devoted to combine cross-national knowledge and demonstration projects to further develop the notion of local smart energy.
“The primary objective of E-REGIO has been to analyze, test and validate a new way to implement local energy markets with storage units and dispatchable assets,” explains Cheng.
The E-REGIO consortium consisted of five partners in three European countries; Smart Innovation Norway, eSmart Systems, Utrecht University, Power2U and Skagerak Energi. In addition, there have been two pilots involved in the project, one in Norway (Skagerrak stadium) and one in Sweden (Öbo case).
“Two local markets have been established and validated full-scale in the pilots. A different local market concept has been implemented at each market. In Sweden, two market concepts were extensively explored; one decentralized concept and one centralized concept while only one decentralized, agent-based concept was implemented in Norway,” informs Cheng (photo).
Application of results
Besides proving that both concepts are viable, the partners have developed new business models associated with the local market players. This has led to the spin-out company Power2U, which by means of the E-REGIO project realized that the commercial upside should be based on service stacking.
An important impact of the project is that Power2U will expand its operation both vertically (service stacking) and laterally (more sites to aggregate).
“The development at Skagerak and the Norwegian pilot has become a Norwegian flagship in the industry. Their Energilab will apply the E-REGIO results for a long time and use the software and findings in the project to solicit the most interesting use case for future business developments,” notes Cheng.
Trade concept for the future
In addition, eSmart Systems’ enhanced ICT platform for forecasting production and consumption and optimize control plans are already out in the market.
“The trade concept developed will be reapplied for other projects and simulations carried out will be used as benchmarking for future, real-world operations to tune systems, new processes and enhance products and services,” explains Cheng.
Going forward, the Arctic University of Norway (UiT), Campus Narvik, will help Smart Innovation Norway to improve the distributed trade platform developed with self-learning agents.
- Smart Innovation Norway (Norway): Project coordinator, market concept developer, analyses, business development support, ICT support
- eSmart Systems (Norway): ICT platform developer, analyses
- Skagerak Energi (Norway): Pilot owner, business developer, analyses
- Power2U (Sweden): Pilot owner, business developer, market concept developer, analyses, ICT platform developer
- University of Utrecht (Netherlands): Simulations, ICT support, analyses, market concept developer