Last week HESTIA kick-started 3 consecutive workshops for each one of its residential pilot sites, and today Wednesday 22nd of September HESTIA celebrates the 2nd workshop at the Dutch village of Voorhout.
Voorhout is a completely different residential profile compared to Berchidda (read the news about the 1st workshop conducted on Sept 16th), but strategically selected in order to test the upcoming HESTIA implementations within a different pilot configuration, in terms of their current energy distribution infrastructure, having a multiyear advanced energy service contract, and being a district where each house is fully electricity-driven and delivers, on average per year, more (own produced) green solar energy to the grid than it can consume.
The community of Voorhout is composed of 46 new houses in the province of South Holland, already served by full-electrical operations for thermal, electrical, and mobility needs. In this case, the pilot site will benefit, rather than from having installed new technological assets, from installing multi-added services that aim at optimizing its generation, use, and share of energy within the community. This also includes externalization opportunities with existing neighborhood residential areas without Renewable Energy Systems assets (RES), which will be the perfect scenario to all together create a positive overall value in a form of Local Energy Community.
The Voorhout workshop will be hosted again by our partner from the University of Aalborg (from Denmark), conducting the user engagement exercises and analysis, and 3 partners from Holland, 4YEF which serves as a designated Energy Service Company (ESCo) and the building management company of the pilot site, Dune Works who will be responsible for the interactions with the users and support the overall HESTIA’s strategy for consumer engagement, and finally ILECO who will serve as the pilot site integrator considering HESTIA technology and services, bringing together many digital solutions such as the blockchain-based platform that will set the foundation for the HESTIA open marketplace, “community trading” and flexibility sharing within the community, user visualization and communication interfaces for consumer engagement support and contribution HESTIA’s digital twin by leading the development of the energy demand forecasters.
Again, these co-creation workshops serve to actively involve the selected residential participants in participatory-design processes, to understand and learn:
- their expectations about energy communities
- design a series of sustainable demand-response flows in everyday practices, and also
- elaborate the necessary information for an appropriate customization of the Hestia platform.