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EcoGrid EU is the winner of the prestigious EU Sustainable Energy Award 2016 (EUSEW16).
The project received the prize for the most outstanding and innovative energy project in the category Consumers. The prize were announced on 14 June – during the Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels.
– We are very pleased - and we are very proud! The price is also going to the 2,000 Bornholm families who are the backbone of the EcoGrid EU project, said Betina Haagensen, Vice chairman of Østkraft (Bornholm Energi og Forsyning) when she received the award from EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, 14th of June during the Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels.
Betina Haagensen and Klaus Vesløv from Østkraft (Bornholm Energi og Forsyning) are receiving the EUSEW Award 2016 in Brussels, 14 June 2016
The EcoGrid EU project was chosen from a list of 200 projects for clean, secure and efficient energy.
Winners of the Public and Business Sector Awards
The project Sustainable-energy transformation, Municipality of Pokupsko (Croatia) won the Public Sector award. while the Businesses Category prize went to Green Brewery Göss by Brau Union Österreich (Austria), which is the world’s first major carbon-neutral brewery using only renewable energy.
What is EUSEW?
Sustainable Energy Week is a the most important European Policy conference dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas, while networking events forge alliances. Awards for outstanding projects begin the week.
Read more about the EUSEW Awards here>>
EcoGrid 2.0 is a reality. The project has received grant of 48.6 million DKK from the Danish EUDP program (The national energy technological development and demonstration program).
– We are very pleased to have secured financial support to continue the EcoGrid project on Bornholm, says Jørgen S. Christensen, who is research director in Danish Energy and the project manager of EcoGrid 2.0.
He thinks too many demand response RD&D projects happens behind a desk. Here is a demonstration, based on the active participation of consumers. It is some of the most important knowledge we as researchers can obtain.
Østkraft´s EcoGrid project manager Maja Bendtsen is also happy:
– We are very pleased that many of our test participants want to continue participating in the EcoGrid project.
On Tuesday September 15th the final EcoGrid EU results were presented at the EcoGrid EU conference. About 160 people joined the conference at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby. They listened to the experiences from the EcoGrid EU demonstration, project, which has come to an end after four and a half year.
«Despite of challenges and steep learning curve along the road, the results of the demonstration are very satisfying» said Per Lund, Energinet.dk (the Danish Transmission System Operator). He was responsible for the overall evaluation of the demonstration project.
The project coordinator Ove Grande from Sintef Energy Research was happy with the final results. He was also proud of the recognition the project has received such as the international nomination to the `Sustainia award´ for the best ICT solution (2012) and the `Honourable Mentioned´ prize (ISGAN/GSGF) for consumer engagement on Bornholm (2014).
Maja Bendtsen, Østkraft (host of the demonstration on Bornholm) referred to the final customer survey where 70% of the respondents (900 households) gave a positive rating to the overall EcoGrid EU project and that almost 80% would like to participate again in a project such as EcoGrid EU.
«In the current regulatory framework, incentives to have efficient system operation is too low», said Georgios Giannopoulos, ELIA, (System Operator in Belgium). He was responsible for the EcoGrid EU Roadmap and the recommendations to policy makers: «We need incentives for more efficient operation, this will improve utilization of the assets and postpone investments. Innovation is likely to result in more sophisticated and efficient operation. Smart network tariff structures should incentivize active consumers and system needs and cost of energy should be better communicated and understood by all stakeholders».
Find the conference programme, list of participants, the EcoGrid EU presentations and final EcoGrid EU reports here:
Please download the complete conference programme.
VENUE: DTU Lyngby, Glassalen, Anker Engelunds Vej 1, Building 101A, Find a map here>>
EcoGrid EU will present the final results from the large-scale demonstration on Bornholm.
"We are looking forward to sharing our experiences from the EcoGrid project with the international community, and by that contributing with knowlegde valuable for the further development of the energy system and power markets", Ove Grande, EcoGrid EU coordinator (SINTEF).
Download the invitation here or click on the picture to the right.