Empowering Local Energy Communities
MUSE GRIDS is a research project which aims to demonstrate a set of both technological and non-technological solutions to optimise the self-production and use of energy in local areas.
To achieve this aim, two large-scale pilot projects will be implemented in different European contexts where there are weak connections with the national grid: Oud-Heverlee, a rural neighborhood in the Flanders region of Belgium, and Osimo, a hilltop town in the Marche region of Italy.
The MUSE GRIDS project explores the best solutions for areas that for geographical and logistical reasons have weak connections to the national grid, and showcases how, interacting together, the different energy vectors of a local energy grid can contribute to the development of local energy islands, maximising local energy independency and reducing operational costs.
Through a participatory approach, the project will encourage the active involvement of the inhabitants in the pilots, with the aim of developing local energy communities where citizens can collaborate to produce and exchange energy to achieve greater reliability. Finally, successful implementation of real sustainable energy islands will contribute to meeting energy demands and reducing carbon emissions.
The concept will also be promoted on a wider scale through the establishment of virtual demo-sites in India, Israel and Spain. Various social and environmental aspects will be considered in terms of the transition towards a fully integrated smart multi-energy system.
Further activities include the organisation of workshops and webinars targeted at citizens and stakeholders, at both a national and international level and the redaction of position papers and policy recommendations in collaboration with the BRIDGE initiative.
EASE will lead the dissemination, communication, and policy promotion activities.
One EASE member, CIRCE, is involved in the project as Linked Third Party.