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CESEPS, How to Identify Smart Grid Pilots to Investigate the Stakeholders´ Experience.


written by Daria Delnevo

User control, shared facilities, ownership design, and ownership management: the four parameters to establish the relevance of the Pilot Projects in terms of know-how and future optimization of the design of Smart Energy Products and Services


An investigation comprising 21 existing smart grid pilots in Austria and 9 in the Netherlands is currently undergoing to identify the best standards for the development of future energy products and services that take into account the needs of the stakeholders and the end-users. After completing the collection of data and defining the profile of each project from this pool of smart grid pilots, two partners in the CESEPS project, namely the Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, and the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance (eseia), in Austria, are carrying out a selection.

The investigation will focus on pilot projects taking place in a residential context and in locations where end-users are actively involved in the use of smart energy services and products. Therefore, pilots will be evaluated according to four parameters that define how relevant they are to the CESEPS Project: user control, shared facilities, ownership design, and ownership management. “User control” refers to the degree of automation of the pilot: entirely automated, based on semi-autonomous technology or controlled by the user via feedback. Since smart grid pilots can bring together energy products and services dealing with various degree of dependency in terms of shared technologies and installations, the second parameter “shared facilities” was included.  The third parameter, “ownership design” define the stage at which users have been involved or not in the design of the smart grid. Finally, eseia and the Wageningen University will look at the “ownership management” of the pilots to identify the extent to which users can effectively alter the smart grids.

Following this selection, the CESEPS consortium will proceed to conduct a series of stakeholder interviews following a questionnaire developed to gather data on their experience.