Brussels, 16 September 2016. – NOBEL GRID Project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme, had its 1st peer review meeting with the European Commission yesterday in the village of Eeklo (Belgium), where the 21 partners of the consortium tracked the progress and follow-up of it.
The renewable energy cooperative Ecopower in Flanders (Belgium), partner of NOBEL GRID, hosted this meeting and guided the rest of the consortium through city of Eeklo, one of its pilot site.
Ecopower, one of the five demonstration site of the project, is a renewable energy producer and retailer. It has nearly 50.000 co-operative members and more than 40.000 customers, consuming 98 GWh annually. Ecopower supplies 100% green electricity to its members and promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and co-operative business models.
The meeting started with a visit to Eeklo, the first wind project of Ecopower. ”We have a lot of renewable energy in the city. There are eight wind turbines of which five are totally cooperative, which means they are owned by the people and the community. There is also solar system and cogeneration on biomass. So half the energy needed for the citizens in Eeklo is already produced by renewable energy”, explained Jan De Pauw, project manager of Ecopower.
After a productive visit to the Eeklo’s renewable energy infrastructure, the consortium exposed the results obtained in the first period of the project (18 months) with the presence of European Commission.
NOBEL GRID is composed by 21 partners from 11 European countries and is led by the Valencian company ETRA. The project, funded with more than 13,8 million euros by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission (EC), began on 1st of January 2015 and will have a duration of 42 months. It is a challenging project which gives a large number of opportunities to different market actors in the Smart Grid and retail electricity market.