Research project

Community-based Virtual Power Plant

A novel model of radical decarbonisation based on empowerment of low-carbon community driven energy initiatives.

cVPP is a unique project for TU/e. It gives a very rare opportunity to set real innovations in practice and study them. This is very different to our daily routines, when we study innovations that are initiated by others and that happened in the past. Given the current sustainability challenges and the urgency to act, this is the right way to go. 

The project focuses on: 
1) Design & establishment of 3 cVPPs in The Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland 
2) Development of a Mobilisation & Replication (MoRe) model, which will serve as a guiding framework for setting up community-based virtual power plants in other areas
3) Replication process in at least 9 new areas

The concept offers a community the opportunity to provide its energy needs with small-scale, distributed low-carbon technologies with participation from individual consumers, local energy companies or SMEs. It can empower prosumers and contribute to the democratisation of energy markets. This process spurs awareness and public engagement in the energy transition. By doing so, it facilitates upscaling of low-carbon energy community-driven initiatives that have, so far, missed critical mass to trigger the energy transition.

Project Information

Project Partners

  • Eindhoven University of Technology (Lead Partner)
    • Subpartner 1: Duneworks
  • PP2 Tipperary Energy Agency
    • Subpartner 1: Friends of the Earth
  • PP3 Stichting Duurzame Projecten Loenen
    • Subpartner 1: Alliander
    • Subpartner 2: USEF
  • PP4  EnerGent
    • Subpartner 1: Ecopower
  • PP5 Gemeente Apeldoorn
  • PP6 Kamp C
  • PP7 Templederry Renewable energy Supply Limited. T/A Community Renewable energy supply
    • Subpartner 1: Claremorris and western District Energy Cooperative Ltd.
    • Subpartner 2: Limerick Community Grocery Ltd
    • Subpartner 3: Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative Ltd.
    • Subpartner 4: Aran Islands Energy Cooperative
    • Subpartner 5: Smart M Power Ltd.
  • PP8 Tipperary County Council

Funding Program: Interreg North-West Europe Programme (European Union)

Subsidy: 3.663.205,49 EUR

Project duration: 20/09/2017 – 19/09/2020

Staff involved at TU/e

  • Anna J. Wieczorek (Project Director)
  • Geert P. J. Verbong
  • Arjan F. Kirkels
  • Luc van Summeren
  • Mina Mansoor Rankel (Project Coordinator)