Interaction between local energy solutions and the electric grid when upgrading energy smartness in existing buildings.

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Short description of project idea : 
To change the role of existing buildings from being energy consumers to be energy producers. This involves local energy production through PV, heat pumps and other solutions, combined with our Danish-developed Vanadium Redox Flow Battery. The project should focus on local energy production, energy storage and flexible resource utilization in a smart energy-context, but also the technology's interaction with the centralized supply system. The local storage solutions should also be used as potential local fluctuation buffers by grid supply companies. Likewise, electronics must be developed and tested to ensure that local energy production and storage devices interact smartly with the multiphase supply network to minimize the risk of future voltage fluctuations.
Main areas of expertise: 
Redox Flow Storage of PV-energy. The storage part of this project will be maintained by Visblue, based on the company´s Vanadium Redox Flow solution.
Main objectives of the project and how will they be achieved: 
Smart energy in the intersection of central and decentralized structures
The project will bridge between the existing centralized structures in the electricity supply area and a future structure, where decentralized and empowerment-oriented energy production is becoming increasingly dominant. To implement the ambitious global climate goals, one central focus will be the involvement and incentive of the individual regarding production and flexible use of renewable energy. At the same time, many governments are interested in maintaining the centralized supply structures. This project wants to test and demonstrate technological solutions to combine the two objectives. The objectives will be achieved by installing and testing local energy production technologies in existing urban buildings and then testing and analyze their interaction with 1) The local storage solution (Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries); 2) The Grid supply utilities. In addition to the production and storage technologies, DC / AC and DC / DC solutions must be tested so that we in the project can analyze the balance between intelligent interactions between the local storage and electrical network and local resource optimization in terms of the possibility of islanding operation in the individual building. In a future with more decentralized energy production units and more electric cars combined with increasingly urbanization, infrastructure in the grid supply will be challenged by local voltage fluctuations and the need for upgrading and investments. Local buffers in the form of power storage devices can be a solution to these problems, and this should also addressed in the project. Including how to set up electrical and database management systems so that the buffer units interact optimally with the grid supply. The project will ideally end up with directions and suggestions on how local energy production, local storage and the central grid supply can interact intelligent and flexible. Here, the electricity storage unit/technology has a central function. In addition to purely technologically supporting the climate objectives, the project must also support an empowerment approach in the citizens' and the dwelling's commitment and incentives to resource optimize their energy consumption.
Challenges that may determine the impact of the project: 
Skilled partners with excellence
To succeed with submission and implementation of this potential project, Visblue needs skilled partners within the different fields of excellence. We also need partners with financial ability and interest in taking a leading role in the project, since the commission considers proposals requesting between 3-4 million Euro as being appropriate for this submission.
Partners that have already expressed interest in the project and expected role: 
Housing associations etc.
Housing associations and other stakeholders within the residential area in Denmark have expressed interest in the project, but to implement a H-2020 project, we also need to involve foreign partners in the process.
Profile of partners sought and expected role: 
PV, Heat Pumps, Grid Supply and companies within electronics
Specifically, we seek contact with electricity supply companies and partners with expertise and excellence within the PV-, heat pumps and the grid-electronical area. But also other products/manufacturers within sustainable energy production are welcome in a consortium. In the project Visblue ApS contributes with our Danish developed and produced Vanadium Redox Flow Battery-solution. Our role will fill the full storage-part of the project.
Previous, relevant EU project experience: 
SME Instruments
Specific countries/regions/cities you are keen to collaborate with: 
The project should take place at locations in 2-3 different European metropolitan areas, which may be more widely spread geographically.
First Name: 
Jorgen Jakob
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Name of the organisation: 
Visblue ApS
Short description of organisation: 
Visblue ApS is a Danish spin-out company, established in 2014. In cooperation with Aarhus University (Denmark) and University of Porto (Portugal), we have designed and developed a scaled-down, functional and competitive Vanadium Redox Flow Battery. To adjust, test and demonstrate the technology prior to the planned commercial launch, Visblue seeks strategic cooperation with relevant players in the energy field: PV producers, installers, Heat pump manufacturers, Housing stakeholders, Electronics companies and Grid supply companies.

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