In order to promote MUSE GRIDS replication in other EU and extra-EU contexts MUSE GRIDS DSM and Multi-energy planning tool will be virtually demonstrated, starting from local energy data, in few virtual demonstrators.
INDIA: Bali Island, Sundarbans, West Bengal
Off-Grid rural area
It is an island village located in a rural part of West Bengal (Sundarbans) in an area of 110 km2. A population of 32000 lives there in around 20000 buildings (residential hutments, schools, temporary markets, panchayat offices, and approximately 14 micro/small scale industries). Until recently there was no power connectivity and the village was completely dependent on solar power and diesel generators. Installation of meters is under progress. Several individual houses have their own solar systems (400 W PV + 1 to 3 kWh battery). In the last few months the state electricity company (West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd.) has started the electrification and it is in the process of connecting all the households and other establishments through grid connectivity.
Thanks to EPTISA CPS, MUSE GRIDS will monitor the local energy consumption/production and will help develop a local smart grid stimulating energy exchanges among different solar systems, taking into account industrial load and potential installation of a neighbourhood battery.
Eilat, one of the largest Israelian touristic city on the Red Sea shores, is implementing a plan to become energy-independent by the end of 2020. As part of this challenge, Eilat is conducting numerous projects with the aim to increase the assimilation of PV systems. As of today, 75% of the region’s daily consumption is originated from PV and it aims to make its energy consumption 100% RES based within 2030. This is a particularly ambitious challenge, due to the high electrical load of this touristic/hotel area. The city relies on a sensors infrastructure integrated with smart BI systems that enable digitalization and effective data management. Eilat is using various IoT solutions, including the monitoring and management of climate parameter, PM2.5, noise, fuel fumes and radiation. This monitoring is aimed to increase and promote resilience and sustainability throughout the city. Eilat is working on a large-scale installation (2.5M € project) of PV on the rooftops of public buildings and businesses in the city. Additional efforts are being carried out, such as the assimilation of Energy Management Systems (EMS), the development of autonomous and self-learning EMS, energy ranking for buildings, district cooling feasibility studies..
Thanks to the support of the EILAT municipality, which will provide local irradiation and demand data, MUSE GRIDS will validate its MULTI ENERGY PLANNING TOOL in Eilat, aiming to create a smart polygenerative microgrid among 6 hotels that will be equipped with a Sea Water Heat Pump district cooling application, fostering H&C and electricity interaction.
SPAIN: The District of Belén in Valladolid
The district of Belén is a housing area located in the north of Valladolid (Spain). Belén has 1,800 inhabitants and an incipient energy community is being established. The district is in close proximity to the Valladolid University Campus and the district heating network. The 14 MW district heating is biomass fuelled and provides 31 buildings with heating and DHW. The incipient energy community in the district of Belén has already set-up a plan to increase the energy production from renewable energy sources, mainly driven by the low cost of solar PV and proximity to the district heating network, so consumers and producers can benefit from new and economically attractive opportunities for decarbonising their local energy system.
Thanks to the support of E-COOP, which will provide local demand data and engage local users, MUSE GRIDS will validate its MULTI ENERGY PLANNING TOOL and DSM, aiming to evaluate a further deployment of PV installation, connection with biomass DHN and optimal cost of electricity in the energy bill. The activities will involve inhabitants via a participatory process. The conclusions will be very useful for E-COOP: they will help understand users’ influence and preferences.
SPAIN: San Cebrián de Campos
Rural small weak connected areas
Rural areas in the Spanish provinces are suffering of a lack of population that deters companies from promoting efficient heat networks or undertaking other energy efficiency initiatives. The electric power grid is the only source of energy, and self-consumption is a possible way to achieve decarbonisation in rural areas. In this framework MUSE Grids energy planning tool and DSM could support the definition of new business models and alternative contractual relationships among participants. Specifically, this virtual case considers San Cebrián de Campos, a rural municipality located in Palencia, Spain. It has approximately 445 inhabitants divided in two villages. Amayuelas de Abajo is a small community which is dependent on San Cebrián de Campos council since 1971 due to the increasing depopulation. Since early 90s, a small group of people started to work in the recovery and repopulation of this village, providing it with basic infrastructures and economic activity keeping always in mind the environmental commitment. Current 20 inhabitants were pioneers in Spain in creating one of the first rural PV energy community. As members of the energy community, participants will share their self-produced energy with other members as well as they will use local energy storage devices to improve their independency.
Thanks to E-COOP, who will provide local demand data and engage local users, MUSE GRIDS will promote LEC and validate its planning tool and Energy Management (DSM/LEC), aiming to evaluate how to develop DR strategies and Peer to peer market among local inhabitant to maximise local energy.