The European Commission’s (EC) Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) have called for proposals that make use of existing local energy systems to speed up decarbonization and reduce clean energy costs.
Local energy systems include isolated villages, small cities, urban districts, and rural areas with weak or non-existent grid connections. The invitation for proposals calls for the use of these existing systems to come up with new approaches to optimize network architecture, planning, and development of the overall electricity system in both regions.
According to the announcement, proposals must be able to put across solutions to interconnect all energy vectors (electricity, heating, cooling, water, wastes, batteries, electric vehicles, among others) and optimize their joint operation.
Proposals must also present a preliminary analysis of the local energy systems and develop network optimization solutions that can be replicated across Europe and India. Applicants were also encouraged to come up with solutions that involve local consumers by creating “renewable energy communities.”
Source : https://mercomindia.com/ec-india-cooperate-integrated-local-energy/
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