about the project

"A digital toolbox for energy communities"
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 3000 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.

work packages

WP 1 - Quality assurance and project management


Objectives:

  • 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 - Foundations


Objectives:

  • 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 coordination


Objectives:

  • 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 tools


Objectives:

  • 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 toolsuite


Objectives:

  • 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-out


Objectives:

  • 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 activities


Objectives:

  • 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/ planning


Objectives:

  • 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 enhancement


Objectives:

  • 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 activities


Objectives:

  • 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 requirements


Objectives:

  • To ensure compliance with the 'ethics requirements' set out in this work package