Community-based Virtual Power Plant

Project: Research direct

Project Details


cVPP is a unique project for TU/e. It gives a very rare opportunity to set real innovations in practice and study them. This is very different to our daily routines, when we study innovations that are initiated by others and that happened in the past. Given the current sustainability challenges and the urgency to act, this is the right way to go. 

The project focuses on: 
1) Design & establishment of 3 cVPPs in The Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland 
2) Development of a Mobilisation & Replication (MoRe) model, which will serve as a guiding framework for setting up community-based virtual power plants in other areas
3) Replication process in at least 9 new areas

The concept offers a community the opportunity to provide its energy needs with small-scale, distributed low-carbon technologies with participation from individual consumers, local energy companies or SMEs. It can empower prosumers and contribute to the democratisation of energy markets. This process spurs awareness and public engagement in the energy transition. By doing so, it facilitates upscaling of low-carbon energy community-driven initiatives that have, so far, missed critical mass to trigger the energy transition.

Layman's description

A novel model of radical decarbonisation based on empowerment of low-carbon community driven energy initiatives.

Key findings

Project Partners:
Eindhoven University of Technology (Lead Partner)
Subpartner 1: Duneworks
PP2 Tipperary Energy Agency
Subpartner 1: Friends of the Earth
PP3 Stichting Duurzame Projecten Loenen
Subpartner 1: Alliander
Subpartner 2: USEF
PP4 EnerGent
Subpartner 1: Ecopower
PP5 Gemeente Apeldoorn
PP6 Kamp C
PP7 Templederry Renewable energy Supply Limited. T/A Community
Renewable energy supply
Subpartner 1: Claremorris and western District Energy Cooperative Ltd.
Subpartner 2: Limerick Community Grocery Ltd
Subpartner 3: Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative Ltd.
Subpartner 4: Aran Islands Energy Cooperative
Subpartner 5: Smart M Power Ltd.
PP8 Tipperary County Council
Effective start/end date20/09/1719/09/22

Research Output

  • 1 Report
  • 1 Conference contribution

Community-based virtual power plants: against all odds?

Mourik, R. M., Breukers, S. C., van Summeren, L. & Wieczorek, A., 20 Aug 2019, Sustainable Places 2019. 7 p. (Proceedings; vol. 20, no. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Open Access
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    EU Citizens Award for Sustainable Energy Innovation

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Recipient), Luc F.M. van Summeren (Recipient), Geert P.J. Verbong (Recipient) & Aleid C. Groenewoudt (Recipient), 23 Jun 2020

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

  • Nominee European Sustainable Energy Award for cVPP innovation

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Recipient), Luc F.M. van Summeren (Recipient), Geert P.J. Verbong (Recipient) & Aleid C. Groenewoudt (Recipient), Jun 2020

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Nominee IE&IS valorisation prize 2019

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Recipient), Luc F.M. van Summeren (Recipient), Geert P.J. Verbong (Recipient) & Aleid C. Groenewoudt (Recipient), Dec 2019

    Prize: TU/eOtherScientific

  • Activities

    Current developments in the community energy: cVPP and the MoRe model

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Invited speaker)
    30 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


    Anna J. Wieczorek (Organiser)
    24 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Interactive Sessions - Community-based Virtual Power Plant

    Luc F.M. van Summeren (Organiser), Sylvia C. Breukers (Organiser), Anna J. Wieczorek (Organiser)
    26 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional