European project NETfficient

Implementing the future of smart energy storage and management on the island of Borkum in Germany

NETfficient will implement “Energy and economic efficiency for today’s smart communities through integrated multi storage technologies” on the German island of Borkum in the North Sea within the next four years. Thus, the portion of renewable energies to cover the energy demand will increase, as well as the energy self-sufficiency for the island.

NETfficient is tackling one of the most pressing challenges of the energy market, as the availability of renewable energies is not considered the sole problem, but its storage and distribution methods due to the time-shift between availability of renewable resources and demand peaks.

The project targets the development of a sustainable energy management system, integrating smart electric storage and enhanced distribution technologies, to be implemented in the electric grid of the island. Its main objective is to provide solutions for more efficient use of available sources of renewable energies and help to reduce carbon emissions as well as dependency on fossil fuels.

Innovative technologies

The project will demonstrate and deploy innovative local storage technologies in the island’s grid and furthermore develop a management and decision support tool: from energy generation to consumption by the end-user, the project will address all levels of the energy value chain, involving stakeholder groups, municipalities and also the citizens.

Strong market orientation

Based on a defined exploitation strategy, NETfficient will follow a strong market orientation that reflects the various energy demand scenarios, demonstrating the technologies at homes, public buildings and street lighting. This should ensure a successful exploitation and adoption of the project achievements through valid business models to help lowering the market barriers for small scale local storage of energy.

NETfficient is supported under the “Societal Challenge of Low Carbon Energy" within the European Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020. The European Commission is co-funding the project with nearly 9 million €. The consortium is composed of 13 renowned research organisations, large enterprises, SMEs and municipalities out of 7 European countries.

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum assists the Spanish coordinator Ayesa with administrative and financial project management. As project partner it is responsible for dissemination, exploitation and communication of project results.

Project duration: 01/2015 – 12/2018

Countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Sweden

Portrait Annette C. Hurst
Dr. Annette C. Hurst
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