2022 Workshops and implementation of HESTIA solutions in Residential Areas

One of the main goals of HESTIA is to develop a mix of Technological, Innovative, and Social Sciences & Humanities models approach that will allow improving the management and use of energy by and for residential consumers. In other words, HESTIA will allow residential communities to become more energy-efficient and sustainable thanks to the HESTIA solutions.

The efficiencies obtained are #economic, #technological, #environmental, #policy and #social, and some of these benefits will allow:

  • advancing innovative and efficient integration of ICT-based technologies and solutions, and increased penetration of Renewable Energy Sources and improved predictability of energy demand.
  • reducing the stress on the overall infrastructure and reduce the generation of pollution and CO2 emissions, while contributing to the United Nations’ SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
  • fostering new flexibilization frameworks of the energy supply, more effective implementation of new policies and EU directives for the growing figure of Local Energy Communities.
  • generating energy cost saving and benefits alongside the monthly bill and optimization of investment resources. Together with an open marketplace to deploy innovative business models.
  • And ultimately transforming the engagement of users in the “demand-side” management while creating new labour opportunities and innovative community building and social revenue.

During the first quarter of 2022, the 19 project partners have conducted a series of five consecutive workshops and co-creative exercises, to advance many of the ongoing technical and social activities connected to the three HESTIA pilot sites in three different countries (Italy, France and the Netherlands).

The workshops allowed partners to work on basic categorization elements and specific requirements for each pilot site, like their business proposition, value creation, the identification of all the stakeholders involved, and their specific use cases. Other workshops allowed the consortium to define more accurately the process and actions to generate engagement with the stakeholders and to drive this value creation in the value chain. A third workshop defined the user/stakeholders’ interfaces that will allow HESTIA support engagement and participation. The fourth and fifth sessions offered an updated overview of the project’s system architecture, together with the system`s services to be deployed on each pilot while ensuring maximum adoption by the end-users.

Residential communities & municipalities: As of end-customers, these includes large amounts of housing and buildings of different sizes and purposes and, as public entities, they are particularly keen to minimize the normally scarce resources they must allocate and make economic savings in return. As policymakers, they are entitled to create and use different regulations and standards for use within their jurisdiction that will improve energy efficiency.

HESTIA aims at developing better energy management of energy assets, and lower costs of customer efficiency programs.

This will also generate a greater consumer understanding and engagement, by developing and maintaining energy-saving practices through communication, community building, and social learning. It will ensure the consumer’s understanding and engagement toward more energy-aware lifestyles by demonstrating of the potential to unlock the demand-side flexibility in the residential sector. It’s estimated that after the project, the number of engaged communities and stakeholders will be multiplied, owing to the strong community-oriented mindset of residents.  

This is why HESTIA together with other H2020 projects is collaboratively working towards advancing, testing, and validating new practices, and in parallel creating awareness, and contributing to building, and promoting the creation of energy communities.

HESTIA consortium is dedicated to supporting and carrying out the replication plans for 3 “follower” residential communities.

A huge replication effect is expected. The example led by the current project residential pilot sites will serve as means to maximize the outreach and recruitment of new customers and residential communities. This will contribute to improved consumer understanding of energy efficiency and renewable energy use. Focusing on the countries hosting the project pilot sites (Italy, France, and the Netherlands), this means up to approx. 25GW for residential buildings, while looking at the whole Europe this means up to 100GW of flexibility for its entire residential sector.

If you would like to learn more about the current activities or be informed about future replication opportunities do not hesitate contacting the project communication team.

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