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Congratulations to the winner of Sustainia Award 2012


The EcoGrid EU team congratulates the Sustainia Award winner British Azuri Technologies, given for their Indigo solar solution for homes in the developing world. It was former Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger who announced the winner of Sustainia Award in front of an audience of more than 1,000 people at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, 11th of October. EcoGrid EU was one of the 10 nominated Sustainia projects invited to take part of this great Sustainia Award ceremony. The event was attended by many of the “global icons” of sustainability, including former prime minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Chairman of UN´s Climate Panel, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, and EU Commissioner of Climate Action Connie Hedegaard.

EcoGrid EU among 10 shortlisted finalists to win the Sustainia Award


EcoGrid EU is among the 10 nominated for the Sustainia Award

Sustania Award is an international award that recognizes sustainable solutions around the world for their ability to drive positive change and elevate sustainable societies.

The award is founded by the communications platform Sustainia, and is giving out by no other than former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Sustainia Award Ceremony in Copenhagen, October 11th 2012.

Schwarzenegger is joined on stage by former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, IPCC Chair Dr. Rajendra Pachauri and EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. Together they form the judging panel for the Sustainia Award.

We are delighted that EcoGrid EU has gained the attention of the Sustainia Award’s honorable judging panel. The nomination is an important acknowledgement to the innovative work we perform, and a true testimony to its positive impact. Joining a pool of nominees from 56 countries from six continents, we are truly competing in the world elite.


500 households are enlisted as test participants in the EcoGrid EU demonstration project


By the end of August 500 households were enlisted as test participants in the EcoGrid EU project. - We are very pleased with the great interest in participating in the project, says Maja Felicia Bendtsen, project manager at Oestkraft. The local electricity company is responsible for recruiting a total of 1900 households and 100 of commercial electricity customers to participate in the demonstration project. The number of  household participants correspond to approx. every tenth electricity customer on Bornholm.

On Wednesday 5th of September, Denmark´s Prince Consort, Prince Henrik, visited the demonstration house ”Villa Smart” in Bornholm


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On Wednesday 5th of September, Denmark´s Prince Consort, Prince Henrik, visited the demonstration house ”Villa Smart” in Bornholm where Oestkraft gave a presentation of the future Smart Grid and the EcoGrid EU project. For Prince Henrik, one of the most fascinating experiences was the demonstration of a smart display on how to turn on and off light in your house by either computer or mobile – even when you are not at home.


EcoGrid EU is Among the Top 100 Sustainable Projects in the World


The EcoGrid EU project was one of “100 powerful sustainable solutions” presented for high-level decision-makers at the RIO+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, at a special event on June 20th.

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The Sustainia Executive Award Committee is in charge of nominating the 100 sustainable projects. In the Committee are Arnold Schwarzenegger (Chair of the Committee), Connie Hedegaard (European Commissioner for Climate Action), Gro Harlem Brundtland (the woman behind the Brundtland Report and the first Rio meeting in 1992) and Dr. Pachauri (Nobel Laureate, Chair of the IPCC).


Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

– Science has long provided a body of knowledge that covers the huge and vast potential of sustainable solutions. With Sustainia, we now have a platform that communicates this potential in a clear and comprehensive manner to a broad audience of politicians and corporations as well as civil society. Sustainia makes science easier to understand for a larger group of people, which is just what we need to meet the challenges ahead.

Kim Behnke,, Denmark, partner and initiator of EcoGrid EU:

– We are grateful to achieve this prestigious position among some of the world's most promising sustainable energy, transport, building and cities projects. Our hope is that the lessons learned from the development of the EcoGrid EU Smart Grid demonstration on the Danish island Bornholm will contribute to global solutions, which can efficiently handle very high amounts of intermittent renewable energy.

Ove Grande, Sintef, Norway, coordinator of EcoGrid EU:

– Development of the EcoGrid EU market concept builds on many years of experience with well functioning electricity markets and results from other Smart Grid pilots and demonstration projects.

– What is quite unique for this project is the opportunity for full scale testing of new market concepts, i.e. in a “real” power system connected to the Nordic electricity grid. Bornholm has a large share of renewable generation which is not flexible and therefore the island faces big power balancing challenges already.

EcoGrid EU will terminate in the spring of 2015

The key idea of the EcoGrid EU is the introduction of market-based mechanisms to release balancing capacity, particularly from flexible consumption. The project is finalizing its development phase and is preparing the demonstration, which will take place over the next 2-3 years, involving about 2,000 residential and commercial costumers on Bornholm (of a total of 28,000 customers). The participants will be testing flexible demand in response to real-time price signals. 

Download the Sustania 100 report here (pdf, 24,2 MB)

Visit the Sustania website here.