The MUSE GRIDS project aims to demonstrate, system-wide and in real-life operational conditions, a set of both technological and non-technological solutions adapted to local circumstances targeting local urban energy grids (electricity, heating & cooling, water, gas, e-mobility).
To this intend, MUSE GRIDS aims to enable maximization of affordable local energy independency thanks to optimized management of the production via end users’ centered control strategies, smart grid functionalities, storage and energy system integration with the objective of paving the way for their introduction in the market in the near future.
To this end, two large-scale pilot projects will be implemented in two different European regions, in urban (OSIMO) and rural (OUD HEVERLEE) contexts with weak connection with National grid and energy markets.
The objective is to validate solutions while establishing mutual learning processes and providing best practice guidance for replication in other regions.
The two pilots will test different combinations of technological solutions according to local specificities and conditions and the existing infrastructure and will involve all value chain actors needed to efficiently implement projects system-wide, with the citizens at the core of MUSE GRIDS approach.
Moreover, cross-cutting activities among the pilots will be devoted to solve common technical, organizational, legal, regulatory, social acceptance and market-related issues as well as to evaluate the solutions from the social, economic and business points of view
The main objective of MUSE GRIDS is to deliver a key contribution to the roll out of multi-energy management systems in the context of local energy communities. To do so, MUSE GRIDS will maximally exploit the potential of the demonstrations, user interactions, partnerships and communication means.
As real-life results are key in a learning and development process, but also key in convincing decision makers and other relevant actors, the project level’s decisive objective is to answer via the demonstration in two real test cases (TRL7-8 – Oud Heverlee and Osimo) the following questions:
How to interconnect local energy grids?
How to utilize synergies in the energy system to maximise efficiency, reduce cost, CO2 emissions and energy losses?
How to reach an affordable energy independency mainly maximising local self-consumption based on RES?
CIRCE plays a role as a third party from EASE (The European Association for Storage of Energy) and its main service within the MUSE GRIDS project is the leadership of a specific task aiming to analyse the cost effectiveness and cost/benefit of the project. To this end, CIRCE will carry out a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of integrating energy grids, studying not only CAPEX, OPEX, savings/revenues estimated, but also the “social cost/revenue” of this approach.