During this event we will discuss a community-based Virtual Power Plant (cVPP). A cVPP is an ICT-based control system that allows for aggregation of community-owned distributed energy resources (e.g. solar panels on roofs) and flexible solutions (such as EV , heta pump or a battery). Thanks to cVPP a network of prosumers in a community can collectively perform a certain role in the energy system. What makes VPP community-based is not only the involvement of a community but also the community logic under which it operates. This implies that the community needs to drive the initiative, that the community owns the various assets and the ICT platform and that members collectively make decisions and choose how they organize themselves.
Our main goal is to share experiences with setting a cVPP in practice and offering an approach for replication of this socio-technical innovation in your own community. The event is targeting all energy communities’ stakeholders, energy consultants, project managers and citizen audience.
The program includes 3 short presentations and a Q&A session coupled with a panel discussion.
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome note | Moderator André Zeijseink
10:10 – 10:30 The what & why of a cVPP: The role of energy communities in energy transition | dr. ir. Anna J Wieczorek -TU Eindhoven
10:30 – 10:50 Experiences with cVPP implementation in Gent, Belgium | Luc Meskens - Energy cooperative EnerGent
10:50 – 11:10 MoRe: A model for MObilisation & REplication of a cVPP in your community | Luc van Summeren - TU Eindhoven
11:10 – 11:30 Q&A with panel of replicating communities Community representatives from Belgium, Netherlands & Ireland
André ZEIJSEINK | Chairman of Loenen Energie Neutraal (LEN)
Anna J. WIECZOREK | Assistant Professor TU Eindhoven
Luc MESKENS | Project Coordinator EnerGent
Luc F.M. VAN SUMMEREN | ir. Doctoral Candidate TU Eindhoven
About cVPP: Community-based Virtual Power Plant (cVPP) is a project co-funded by the INTERREG North-West Europe program, led by the Eindhoven University of Technology. Eight Belgian, Dutch and Irish partners are taking part in this project that runs until June 2022. The partnership receives a European subsidy of 4 257 205.49 EUR.