BRIDGE General Assembly presents latest Horizon 2020 projects for the decentralised grid business

17 February, 2020
BRIDGE Assembly

The findings of the BRIDGE General Assembly underline the E.ON Innovation philosophy: innovative solutions don't just showcase technologies, but also answer the question – how do we make technologies marketable?

The BRIDGE General Assembly 2020 took place in Brussels on the 11th and 12th of February. Organised by the European Commission, the yearly meeting aims to inspire a better understanding of BRIDGE projects, present project results, and establish closer cooperation on the development of European best practice standards.

BRIDGE fuels dialogue between several incumbents – from regulators to authorities and provides room to exchange about world-leading innovation projects on smart grids and energy storage. BRIDGE also focuses on the results-based propagation of new technologies that best conform to the energy aspects set out in the European Green Deal.

The BRIDGE General Assembly was well attended with over 150 participants from across Europe. This diverse audience was comprised of energy system stakeholders, working on a range of BRIDGE projects – among them, a small delegation from E.ON Innovation. Our team enjoyed the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from others. Moreover three projects, in which E.ON has a leading role, had been presented: NESOI, IElectrix, and Interflex.

In her opening speech, Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director General for Energy4Europe, underlined the importance of flexible and decentralized energy systems, security of supply, and the growth of sustainability in the energy sector in the light of the ‘Green Deal’. In this regard, the EU Horizon 2020 projects are of notable importance as they showcase cutting new technologies across the EU. As one of the highlights, Ditte Juul Jørgensen made reference to E.ON Innovation’s project ‘Interflex’. Interflex dives into the common European view on flexibility markets – more details below.

One of the most interesting findings of the event was how flexibility was found to be intricately connected with local energy communities. The results highlighted how citizen engagement and awareness was the only way of guaranteeing flexibility from residential customers.

What’s the next step for the E.ON Innovation team? On the close of this invigorating event, we continue to develop our projects and use our findings to create new products and innovative customer solutions.

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About the presented projects

Interflex (flexibility in interaction). In Simris, E.ON built the first energy community powered by up-to 100% locally produced renewable power. This project demonstrates smart grid, storage, and system integration technologies with an increasing share of renewables. It paved the way for plenty follow-up projects throughout Europe.

NESOI (New Energy Solutions Optimized for Islands) aims to help facilitate the energy transition on islands. This project aims to achieve this in two ways. Firstly, through indirect support: creating a tailor-made digital platform with training material, best case examples, a toolkit for technical and economic best practices, as well as a cooperative space for islands, investors, and technology developers. Secondly, by undertaking several projects with direct support for selected EU islands.

IElectrix (Indian and European Local Energy Communities for Renewable Integration and the Energy Transition) tackles the question of local energy communities (LECs) and energy storages and aims to make the grid integration of RES faster and more affordable. As such, this project addresses the topic of digitalization and untapping flexibility for DSOs.

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