Reinforcing digitalisation related know how of local energy ecosystems

1000000 €

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • Increased autonomy of local ecosystems to participate in the decentralisation of energy systems and energy transition.
  • Increase the number of participants in flexibility markets.
  • Cover the gap on knowledge around digitalisation of energy services and contribute to the reskilling & upskilling of individuals and organizations.
  • Facilitate the creation of a network of parties interested in joining forces for public procurement of energy related digital services.

The digitization of the future will not be created only by leading digital technologies, but also by knowledge on and from the application areas of these technologies as well as a range of methods and strategic tools. The creation/reinforcement of local digitalisation-of-energy ecosystems as a way to support a competence cluster for digital energy concepts affecting to operators, consumers/prosumers, and authorities, which enable them being autonomous to react to local energy transition needs.

The project should create an upskilling and reskilling training program, centred on the digitalisation of energy and covering needs of local ecosystems centred on, among others, DSOs, city operators, connected active consumers (energy communities or potential new entrants) and local/regional authorities.

The training program should also contribute to capacity building of energy community members and to the support of citizens in understanding the steps to follow to create an energy community.

The project should seek to establish a cluster organization at local level for energy relevant digital technologies such as, but not only, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, big data, edge computing, data communications or blockchain.

After identifying the needs and engaging on a local level, the project should provide extensive training in all Member States/Associated Countries and make the developed/used training material available as broadly as possible.

The project should take into account, and collaborate with, where considered necessary, the ongoing EDDIE[1] project from the Erasmus + program, relevant initiatives by Digital Innovation Hubs, EC Digital Education action plan and any other initiative geared in the same direction.

At the same time the project should investigate, and if the reaction is positive, create a network of parties interested in joining forces for public procurement of digital services. One example could be tools for cities to participate in energy flexibility markets that are interoperable, where already present, with their Smart City Platforms)

The selected projects are expected to contribute to relevant BRIDGE[2] activities.

This topic will benefit from the effective contribution of SSH disciplines and the involvement of SSH experts, institutions as well as the inclusion of relevant SSH expertise, in order to produce meaningful and significant effects enhancing the societal impact of the related research activities. The Commission will make sure that projects benefit from SSH expertise through the cooperation in Bridge.