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NOBEL GRID participated in the last BRIDGE Meeting of 2017



On 20-23 of November, NOBEL GRID participated in 2nd BRIDGE meeting of 2017 at the Directorate-General for Energy in Brussels, which had four fruitful Working Groups (WGs) meetings on Customer Engagement, Business Models, Regulations and Data Management.

Those meetings aimed to present the goals accomplished during the 2017 by all the members of each WG, as well as, define next steps.

 “Thanks to Bridge, NOBEL GRID can share its knowledge, experience and best practices generated and to learn about the other H2020 similar projects in the context of smart grids and storage. But also it provides dissemination opportunities and direct contact with EU representatives”, explained Lola Alacreu, NOBEL GRID’s coordinator.

Business Models

On the first day of the BRIDGE Business Model plenary meeting, Lola Alacreu (ETRA) and Costas Kalogiros (AUEB) co-chaired the discussion about common issues of project members regarding the local energy management. In particular the challenges that individual prosumers around the Europe face were described and a first set of recommendations for their (economic, social and environmental) sustainability was suggested based on NOBEL GRID outcomes.

Furthermore, a workplan was agreed with the rest projects that deliver technologies for prosumers in order to elaborate on those issues and expand the discussion on alternative business models, such as cooperative schemes and co-financing options.

On the second day of the BRIDGE Business Model plenary meeting, Costas Kalogiros (AUEB) presented the NOBEL GRID Business Model Evaluation Tool.

“This is a powerful “what-if” scenario tool for the techno-economic assessment of innovative smart grid technologies and the associated business models for the involved actors with support for multiple locations and sensitivity analysis”, explained Costas Kalogiros.

Several peer projects, such as STORY and SMARTEREMC2, expressed their interest in using it for business model evaluation, replication/upscaling analysis or cost-benefit analysis and providing feedback for further improvements.

Customer Engagement

Several key topics affecting all projects were brought into discussion, including: consumers become prosumers, consumers rights must be clarified, role of energy communities, technology is becoming easily accessible.

Thus, sub-items were clustered and, as a result, sub-groups were established. During the second day, the sub-groups gathered and had a fruitful discussion, which led to a series of presentations taking place in order to set out the main conclusions to the rest of the group. Finally, the persons responsible for each sub-group agreed on a coming schedule for everybody to be able to provide the required inputs in order to release valuable results for the EU Commission, but also for new applicants in the future.

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BRIDGE initiative, established in November 2015 is a cooperation group for all LCE Smart-Grid and Storage projects funded under Horizon 2020. This initiative is composed of four Working Groups: Business Models, Consumer Engagement, Data Management and Regulation, and its coordination team consists of the chairs and rapporteurs of these four working groups. Since 2016 Bridge has grown from 17 projects, involving 242 individual organisations in 23 countries, to 29 projects involving 332 organisations in 29 countries (five outside of the EU). The total EC contribution to all projects is €237 million.


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