Research project

Multi Utilities Smart Energy GRIDS

Promoting energy communities and testing smart energy systems in Europe and India to maximize local energy independency

Duration
November 2018 - October 2022
Partners
Project Manager

This project aims to demonstrate a set of technological and non-technological solutions targeting the interaction of local energy grids (electricity grids, district heating and cooling networks, water networks, gas grids, electromobility etc.). The goal is to maximize local energy independency through optimized management of the energy production via end user-driven control strategies, smart grid functionality, storage, combined heat and power (CHP) and renewable energy sources (RES) integration.

Two large-scale pilots will take place in two different EU regions, in urban (Osimo, Italy) and rural (Oud-Heverlee, Belgium) contexts with weak connections to national grids. These pilots will test and promote the main project concepts - smart energy systems and energy communities.

MUSE GRIDS will promote these two concepts not only in pilot projects but also in virtual demo-sites in India (Bali Island), Israel (Eilat) and Spain (Barrio Belén & San Cébrian de Campos). Social aspects of smart multi-energy system transition will be investigated in Osimo, Oud Heverlee, Bali Island, and Barrio Belén, where citizens will be directly involved.

TU/e’s focus in this project is to study and understand the role of energy communities in the promotion of a just transition towards a low-carbon energy system. We study the energy communities and their role in this transition in the European context (Osimo, Oud-Heverlee, and Barrio Belén) and in the Indian context (Bali Island).

MUSE GRIDS aims to demonstrate a set of technological and non-technological solutions targeting the interaction of local energy grids (electricity grids, district heating and cooling networks, water networks, gas grids, electromobility etc.). The goal is to maximize local energy independency through optimized management of the energy production via end user-driven control strategies, smart grid functionality, storage, combined heat and power (CHP) and renewable energy sources (RES) integration.

Two large-scale pilots will take place in two different EU regions, in urban (Osimo, Italy) and rural (Oud-Heverlee, Belgium) contexts with weak connections to national grids. These pilots will test and promote the main project concepts - smart energy systems and energy communities.

MUSE GRIDS will promote these two concepts not only in pilot projects but also in virtual demo-sites in India (Bali Island), Israel (Eilat) and Spain (Barrio Belén & San Cébrian de Campos). Social aspects of smart multi-energy system transition will be investigated in Osimo, Oud Heverlee, Bali Island, and Barrio Belén, where citizens will be directly involved.

TU/e’s focus in this project is to study and understand the role of energy communities in the promotion of a just transition towards a low-carbon energy system. We study the energy communities and their role in this transition in the European context (Osimo, Oud-Heverlee, and Barrio Belén) and in the Indian context (Bali Island).

Collaborative Partners

  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Rina Consulting SPA
  • Fundacion Centro Techn. Interacc.Visual
  • Aalborg University
  • Universita Politecnica delle Marche
  • Astea S.p.A.
  • Th!nk-E
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Innovation & Technology SL
  • Energética S.Coop
  • Engie Laborelec
  • Galú Limited
  • Duferco Energia S.p.A
  • European Association for Storage of Energy
  • Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation
  • Municipality of Eilat
  • Eptisa Servicios de Ingenierá S.L
  • ABB
  • SCAME Parre S.p.A
  • ALTRA S.p.A.

Researchers involved in this project