Grid integration of variable renewable energy sources poses major challenges with respect to system stability due to demand-supply imbalances. Energy communities are emerging as a promising element to promote citizen involvement in the energy transition. However, ICT tools are required to extract and optimise the flexibility of residential energy resources to create financially viable operations based on citizen needs. The EU-funded ACCEPT project intends to develop and deliver such a digital toolbox that allows energy communities to offer innovative digital services and access revenue streams that can financially support their functions and secure their sustainability and effectiveness. The ACCEPT framework will be demonstrated and validated in four pilot sites in Greece, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland involving more than 3 000 people and 750 residences.
At the core of the ACCEPT ecosystem, an efficient, reliable and trustless P2P trading platform, allows prosumers to independently trade locally produced solar energy. Based on a private Blockchain platform, designed and built by QUE using state-of-the-art technologies and tools, provides the means for maximization of social and financial welfare. Innovative business models are facilitated through a series of Smart Contract enabled SLAs, delivering energy and non-energy services.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 957781.