Community-based Virtual Power Plant

Project: Onderzoek direct



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.

Omschrijving in begrijpelijke taal

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

Belangrijkste bevindingen

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
Effectieve start/einddatum20/09/1730/06/22


  • 3 Rapport
  • 2 Tijdschriftartikel
  • 1 Hoofdstuk
  • 1 Conferentiebijdrage
  • 4 Citaten (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    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 blz. (Proceedings; vol. 20, nr. 1).

    Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademic

    Open Access
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    EU Citizens Award for Sustainable Energy Innovation

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

    Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdProfessioneel

  • Nominee European Sustainable Energy Award for cVPP innovation

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

    Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

    Nominee IE&IS valorisation prize 2019

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

    Prijs: TU/eAndersWetenschappelijk

  • Activiteiten

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

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Uitgenodigde spreker)

    30 jun 2020

    Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerWetenschappelijk


    Anna J. Wieczorek (Organisator), Andre Zeijseink (Organisator), Rene van Egmond (Organisator) & Luc Meskens (Organisator)

    24 jun 2020

    Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementCongresWetenschappelijk

    The what & why of a cVPP: The role of energy communities in energy transition

    Anna J. Wieczorek (Spreker)

    24 jun 2020

    Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesAangemelde presentatieProfessioneel