about the project
"Empowering communities in the energy transition"
The Core of the ACCEPT project is the concept of “energy communities” with the collective approach to bring citizens, local businesses and organizations together, to produce and consume locally generated, renewable energy. The EU-funded project intends to develop and deliver a digital toolbox, that allows such energy communities to offer innovative digital services to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels, save energy in the users households and thus be able to reduce their electricity bill without compromising the quality of living, but ideally increasing the comfort in their homes through smart devices. In ACCEPT, these developed tools 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.
Technical & Technological Objectives
To deliver an integrated ACCEPT tool-chain to bootstrap the transition of energy communities to fullplayers of the energy & flexibility markets and offering value-adding services to customers.
To develop the Consumer Digital Twin model that streamlines the information exchange between building-level tools and market actors enabling insights on consumer behaviour and improved demand forecasting.
To deliver a secure and interoperable digital toolbox compatible with the majority of residential building systems used across the EU as a fundamental enabler of ACCEPT solution replication.
Citizen Engagement & Co-creation Objectives
To understand incentives and drivers of citizens and energy communities and deliver a citizen engagement methodology that stimulates citizen participation in the energy system and community flourishing.
To design compound (energy & non-energy) service offerings and business models that enable the participation of the residential sector in demand response markets/services.
To validate the expected impact of the ACCEPT solution in real-life conditions (citizens, communities) in four Member States and maximise replication potential.
WP 1 - Quality assurance and project managementObjectives: To establish an efficient management structure to monitor the overall project implementation and resolve contingencies To monitor overall scientific quality and implementation efficiency leading to achievement of project objectives and high-quality outcomes To ensure adequate communication flow among partners and the EC To define the Data and Ethics Management Plans and perform all GDPR-related activities for data protection
WP 2 - FoundationsObjectives: To gather business and citizen/user requirements and initiate the solution design process To define the adapted PMV methodology for validation of the actual effect of ACCEPT technologies on the end uses To construct the system architecture and specifications as a guide towards project tools development To define the project’s privacy & security rules To create a preliminary definition of business models for providers of energy & non-energy services and the required Service Level Agreements and contract terms
WP 3 - Consumer engagement methodology definition & activity coordinationObjectives: To perform the Living Lab setup, planning and execution To catalogue and understand community dynamics around Europe To analyse the best practices for energy governance structures and business models To understand and map community dynamics and the stakeholders at the project demonstration sites
WP 4 - Prosumer/building-level modelling & optimisation toolsObjectives: To configure and fine-tune the Information Management Layer of the ACCEPT solution To design, develop and integrate all constituents of the Consumer Digital Twin Model To deliver the On-Demand Flexibility Management component
WP 5 - Energy community & end user toolsuiteObjectives: To deliver the smart-contract-enabled, blockchain-based platform that will facilitate P2P exchanges To develop and deliver the system component responsible for managing district-level DERs To co-create, develop and deliver the entire tool-chain that will facilitate the provision of compound services to citizens To develop and deliver the Energy Community Tools that will enable communities to optimally manage local energy flows
WP 6 - ACCEPT solution integration, prevalidation, roll-outObjectives: To survey the available assets at the demonstration sites and select specific assets/buildings for the demonstration activities To integrate individual ACCEPT components into a single, operational technical solution To test the ACCEPT solution in controlled environments and catch potential problems before deployment To prepare the demo sites both in terms of infrastructure and demonstration scenario planning To deploy, roll-out and beta-test the ACCEPT solution at the demonstration sites
WP 7 - ACCEPT demonstration activitiesObjectives: To perform consumer validation approach for delivered services/ content and implement the ACCEPT co-creation approach To demonstrate the ACCEPT solution in the four pilot sites involving real citizens and communities in their daily routines To collect all necessary information and facilitate following project activities (e.g. impact assessment, CBA, etc.
WP 8 - Impact assessment & business modelling/planningObjectives: To analyse the current business, market, regulatory landscape and identify obstacles to innovation To assess the impact of the ACCEPT solution on the demonstration sites To perform a detailed Cost-Benefit Analysis of the ACCEPT solution and derive innovative business models for its commercialisation To define the exploitation plan of the ACCEPT outcomes as a detailed, concrete business plan incl. financing options
WP 9 - Outreach activities for impact enhancementObjectives: To disseminate results to all relevant end-users and stakeholders, while also communicating aims and outcomes of ACCEPT to the general public To establish synergies with similar projects in the Smart Grid domain To propose recommendations for policy making and standardization on energy community establishment and demand response technologies To create the roadmap that will steer activities for the replication of the ACCEPT solution Contribute, upon invitation by the INEA, to common information and dissemination activities to increase the visibility and synergies between H2020 supported actions
WP 10 - Cooperation & collaboration activitiesObjectives: To participate directly in BRIDGE activities and contribute based on project outcomes and lessons learnt To establish communication channels and facilitate cooperation between the ACCEPT consortium and other H2020 projects Contribute, upon invitation by the INEA, to common information and dissemination activities to increase the visibility and synergies between H2020 supported actions
WP 11 - Ethics requirementsObjectives: To ensure compliance with the 'ethics requirements' set out in this work package