Cross Energy Carrier Synergies
Smart Energy and Smart Grids entail more than just a change to the electricity grid. ICT infrastructures and application will unlock the interconnections between the different types of grids – heat, gas and electricity – that can become the source for completely new business models. The smart operation e.g. micro-CHPs at residential or commercial consumer sites will affect different grids at the same time. ICT infrastructures and architectures will have to develop in a way that enables the monitoring and control over different types of grids. Experts from the different ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus projects and external stakeholders will convene early in the project’s lifecycle to collect information and build up a core of knowledge on this strongly discussed, yet rarely practiced approach. This know-how will be vital advice for the steering committee to decide on future ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus calls featuring projects that apply the first results of the Cross Energy Carrier Synergies working group in practice. The SET Plan Integrated Roadmap explicitly focuses on all energy infrastructures under its heading II “Developing Integrated Infrastructures and Processes”. The next generation of transnational research and demonstration project needs to find innovative services and functionalities deriving from all energy infrastructures and their complementary usage.