Three projects funded in ERA-Net RegSys Call

6 June 2019

Within the ERA-Net Regional Energy Systems (RegSys) Call three projects have been selected for funding. About €2.1 million of funding was made available by the NWO Domain Science, the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities, and the TKI Urban Energy. This funding will enable researchers to be appointed at Dutch knowledge institutes.

The call falls under the NWO contribution 2018-2019 for the Top Sector Energy.

All three projects focus on the regional aspects of smart energy systems.

The three approved projects are the following:

Flexibility for Smart Urban Energy Systems (FlexSUS)

(Flexibiliteit voor Slimme Stedelijke Energiesystemen)

Dr. Y. Ghiassi-Farrokhfal (m), Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University


A challenge presented by new energy systems is that solar cells and wind generators sometimes produce a great deal of energy and sometimes very little. Excess electricity can be stored in batteries, of course, but it can also be converted into other forms of energy, for instance, heat. What is the best of these options to invest in? This project will develop an application to help municipalities take such decisions, working together with five other municipalities in Sweden and Denmark in order to design the most useful possible application.


The participating organizations and companies are Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Technical University of Denmark, Chalmers University of Technology, Linköping University, the Tekniska Verken company, and the municipalities of Lygby-Taarbaek, Göteborg, Holbaek, Roskilde and Linköping.



Synergies Utilising renewable Power Regionally by means of Power To Gas (SuperP2G) (Synergie bij regionale inzet van duurzame energie door conversie van elektriciteit naar gas)

Professor M. Mulder (m), Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen


In strong winds and bright sunlight wind generators and solar panels regularly produce excess electricity: that is, they produce more electricity than is actually needed at that moment. Electricity can be stored, for instance, in batteries, but it can also be converted into sustainable natural gas, a technique known as ‘Power2Gas’ (P2G). Gas can be stored for longer than electricity, and it can also be used in equipment specifically designed to run on gas (e.g. gas stoves, gas-fired central heating). P2G test facilities do exist, but no commercial installations have yet been built. This project will study test locations in five countries, and identify what is needed to achieve commercially successful P2G installations.


The participating organizations and companies are the University of Groningen, the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Bologna, the Engler Bunte Institute, Johannes Kepler University (Linz), the Advanced Energy Technology Institute ‘Nicola Giordano’, the Danish Gas Technology Institute, the DBI Gas Technology Institute, the Skive innovation fund, the Terna and Gasunie energy companies, the Hera water company, the DVGW gas and water company, the Italian Biogas Consortium, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the Engineering Group, and a number of user associations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Austria.


TOP-down energy projects as catalysts for bottom-UP local energy initiatives (TOP-UP)

(Top-down energieprojecten als katalysatoren voor bottom-up lokale energie-initiatieven)

Professor L. Steg (f), Psychology Faculty, University of Groningen


Heat networks transport warm water into residential neighbourhoods where it can be used for domestic heating. This water has often been heated sustainably, for instance using the waste heat generated as a by-product in coal-fired or gas-fired electricity power stations – heat energy which would otherwise be released and lost. This project will examine how heat networks could be better integrated into electricity networks, for example, by identifying how surpluses in one net could be used in another. Opportunities exist for local actors (consumers) and business sectors (e.g. agriculture, industry) to participate more actively in the energy system, for instance by making their own energy storage equipment systems available, or by selling the energy they themselves generate. In this way, ‘top-down’ interventions such as the construction of a heat transport network could lead to more ‘bottom-up’ participation. The studies will be carried out in Groningen, Copenhagen and elsewhere.

The participating organizations and companies are the University of Groningen, the Technical University of Denmark, the Enpuls and Enexis companies, the social energy market platform provider Powerchainger, Høje-Taastrup District Heating, and the municipalities of Groningen and Høje-Taastrup.

Source: NWO