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Regional ecosystems for multiple-energy resilient systems

Thanks to the joint effort of 28 partners from 10 European countries, a large testbed facility in Boekelermeer business park will prove how “Renewable Energy Valleys” can represent the optimal energy system for small to medium industrial sites close to residential sites. 

In Alkmaar's "Renewable Energy Valley," a diverse mix of more than 300 businesses and 3,000 households is currently connected to a shared energy grid. This supply system not only enables the community to produce and use their own renewable energy, but also to store and share it, to mitigate potential energy imbalances and cover the energy demand. This is made possible by advanced and smart energy management, focused on the diversification and valorization of sustainable energy sources.

The REFORMERS’ project goal is to diversify renewable energy supplies and maximise efficiency. By ramping up green energy production through the combination of consolidated technological solutions with the most innovative energy management systems, the Energy Valley shall be able to cover more than 100% of its energy demand through local renewable energy production and reach 75% of self-consumption through demand side management by the end of the project. Finally, this should lead to lower energy costs for end customers, compared to current and forecasted market prices. 

The REFORMERS’ research team will develop, test, and exploit a toolbox and a digital twin to identify the best solutions and constantly improve towards self-sustaining Energy Valleys. The ambition is to completely replace fossil fuel use from residential customers by delivering heat produced from bio-waste and heat recovery. Together with green-hydrogen, wind, solar and bio-waste energy production, the project will help hit Alkmaar’s 100% renewable energy target by 2050. The developments within the Dutch Flagship Valley will be meticulously followed by six satellite valleys spread around Europe. These valleys will take advantage of the lessons learned and replicate successful strategies to create their own Renewable Energy Valley and contribute altogether to the #REPowerEU goals.

RISE will lead a workpackage on how to replicate the solutions developed and tested in the project to other cities and regions in Europe.

 

Summary

Project name

REFORMERS

Status

Active

Region

Other than Sweden

RISE role in project

Workpackage leaders

Project start

Duration

5 år

Total budget

27 miljoner EUR

Partner

New energy coalition

Funders

Horizon Europe

Coordinators

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

7. Affordable and clean energy
12. Responsible consumption and production

Contact person

Francesco Sacco

Projektledare

+46 10 516 52 72

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Johan O Sandström

Contact person

Johan O Sandström

Projektledare

+46 10 516 68 43

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