Over Het Project

Het Lightness-project wil burgers in staat stellen hernieuwbare energie op te wekken, te delen en te verkopen en zo bij te dragen tot een duurzamere en democratischere Europese energiesector.

Wat zijn Citizen Energy Communities?

Citizen Energy Communities wordendoor de Europese Commissie omschreven als juridische entiteiten, bestaande uit burgerverenigingen, coöperaties, lokale overheden en ondernemingen, die zich verenigen om deel te nemen aan het elektriciteitssysteem. Deze gemeenschappen maken het voor hun leden gemakkelijker om een actieve rol te spelen in de energietransitie en economische, sociale en milieuvoordelen te genieten.

Het Lightness project zal:

We align with the strong belief that the future EU electricity system is a distributed and open-market one. CECs will play a main role in engaging citizens to unlock their full potential in their communities’ energy solutions. CECs will ensure energy security and expand the use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES).

For such an endeavour, the Lightness Project has assembled a multidisciplinary and international team of 13 partner organizations , and 5 pilot sites across 8 EU countries.

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Doelstellingen

Bevorderen van democratische toegang tot energie

Bevorderen van democratische
toegang tot energie

Technologische oplossingen implementeren

Technologische
oplossingen implementeren

De milieu-, sociale en economische effecten beoordelen

De milieu-, sociale en economische effecten beoordelen

Richtslijnen en politieke roadmap ontwikkelen

Richtslijnen en politieke
roadmap ontwikkelen

Nieuwe partnerschappen en bedrijfsmodellen creëren

Nieuwe partnerschappen
en bedrijfsmodellen creëren

Verspreiden van deze nieuwe energiecultuur

Verspreiden van deze
nieuwe energiecultuur

Promote democratic
access to energy

Promote democratic
access to energy

We will demonstrate all the benefits of the Lightness project, both technical and social, through validation in 5 pilot sites located in The Netherlands, Poland, France, Italy and Spain. This will also show that these benefits can be a reality at your community. Lightness has the potential to expand to support community building in other sites, and promote democratic access to energy overall.

Implement
technological solutions

Implement technological solutions

through low cost, customizable, user-friendly and secure Hardware and Software solutions that count with:
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Data analytics capabilities
  • Blockchain
  • Smart Contracts
  • Optimization
  • Model-predictive control
  • Gaming services

These solutions would be able to operate in any CEC facilitating collective self-production/consumption and community trading of energy, among others.

Assess environmental, social and economic impact

Assess environmental, social and economic impact

Through a user-friendly “Digital Twin” assessment tool, Lightness will account for techno-economic, social, legal, and environmental indicators to evaluate CECs and their full potential.

Based on the Intelligent Communities Lifecycle (ICL) software of IES, Lightness will analyze energy use in communities from multiple angles and at large scale. This allows a complete impact assessment for designing and implementing a CEC.

Develop guidelines and
political roadmaps

Develop guidelines and
political roadmaps

Lightness will develop policy recommendations for the implementation of CECs at local and national level in the pilot cases, and at EU level. This objective places special attention to the regulation of flexibility* in the market and the accessibility to the different actors in the energy value chain. This will support governments and energy agencies in driving the energy transition while also empowering consumers via the CECs.

* Flexibility is the ability of a power system to maintain continuous service in the face of rapid and large swings in supply or demand.

Create new partnerships
and business models

Create new partnerships and business models

To make CECs the new normal in Europe, Lightness will innovative in type of partnerships, business models, and financing mechanisms across different stakeholders and contexts. These innovations will ensure that CECs are sustainable beyond the life of the project. We will pay particular attention to scalability and replicability, not only in the EU but beyond, through the Troya environment association in Turkey and Tragsatec in America and Africa.

Spread the word about
this new energy culture

Spread the word about
this new energy culture

There are many benefits of creating Citizen Energy Communities and are worthy of spreading. Lightness will produce a national engagement plan for each pilot site including participatory processes, gamification, professional workshops, etc.

The objective is to support the various stakeholders including residential consumers, managers/occupants in tertiary buildings, professionals in the smart grid sector, ESCOs, Aggregators, Utilities, DSOs, etc., in their efforts to become engaged in the creation and management of the CECs.

De resultaten van het project zullen bestaan uit concrete verwezenlijkingen in zes proefprojecten in heel Europa en een reeks lessen over het ontwikkelingskader voor opkomende Citizen Energy Communities.

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