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Logistics’ network design and review

Start date: 27/02/2020
End date: 27/12/2021
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Industrial waste management facility pre-development

Start date: 10/09/2020
End date: 01/11/2021
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Industrial sludge management and treatment

Start date: 14/04/2020
End date: 14/11/2021
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DECADE

DistributED Chemicals And fuels production from CO2 in photoelectrocatalytic Devices.

Start date: 01/02/2020
End date: 31/01/2024
Budget: € 5.3 million

Currently, there are many technologies able to reduce CO2 by chemically converting it to value added products. Amongst the various technologies, electrochemical processes have been recognized as very promising in terms of their potential environmental and economic benefits.

Within this context, the EU project DECADE was awarded a €5.3 million -worth contract in order to produce innovative photoelectrochemical devices that use carbon dioxide as a raw material and convert it to highly value-added products. More specifically, the DECADE solution is based on the concept of creating devices that use solar energy to valorize the waste CO2, with the use of a photovoltaic system as well as chemical substances, such as bioethanol, to produce advanced chemical compounds . In this way the project contributes to the functional closure of the carbon cycle and the reduction of the carbon footprint by various processes.

The project is being undertaken by 16 partners from the EU and Japan with the European Research Institute of Catalysis (ERIC) being the coordinating beneficiary.

Within the project, Merit has undertaken the definition of the strategy for the maturation and utilization of DECADE technology to ensure the continuity and commercial exploitation of the project’s solution.

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FLEXCOOP

Democratizing energy markets through the introduction of innovative flexibility-based demand response tools and novel business and market models for energy cooperatives.

Start date: 01/10/2017
End date: 30/09/2020
Budget: € 3.9 million

Today, energy systems need to be increasingly flexible to accommodate the ever increasing share of renewable energy. One way to achieve this is by adjusting electricity demand to better match electricity generation (Demand-Response). While Demand Response programmes have started picking up pace with the engagement of large industrial and commercial consumers, this is not the case for residential consumers. In fact, residential buildings present a huge opportunity for flexible energy demand and storage, providing distribution and transmission system operators with the services needed to balance demand with supply and manage power quality.

To address this gap, the European Union awarded a € 3.9 million worth contract to the FLEXCCOP consortium, to develop and demonstrate tools that will facilitate both the integration of renewables into the network and the management of distribution networks to provide more secure smart grids and cleaner and more affordable energy. FLEXCOOP provides advanced hardware and software solutions, ICT services and innovative business models to all stakeholders in the electricity markets that deal with Demand Response, spanning from energy cooperatives/aggregators to individual prosumers.

To demonstrate the efficiency and validity of the FLEXCOOP solution, the project develops prototypes to be implemented amongst consumers who are members in renewable energy cooperatives in Spain and in the Netherlands.

The overall project is being carried by a consortium of 13 partners from 9 different EU countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, UK, Greece, Ireland and Croatia, with Fraunhofer FOCUS (Germany) being the coordinating beneficiary.

Within the project, MERIT is building on its team’s 20-year experience in Environmental, social and governance criteria preparation and assessment, in business process management and optimization, system analysis and design, stakeholder requirement elicitation and LCA, amongst others, to deliver:

The exploitation strategy of the project results as a means to progress the FLEXCOOP results beyond its post-research development phase.
Key insights regarding prosumer energy behavior and comfort profiling.

Key insights contributing to the definition of specifications for the development of models and tools, such as:

Demand Flexibility Modeling and Forecasting.
Data Acquisition, management and security.
Open demand response optimization framework and tools for aggregators .
Key insights regarding Cost Benefit analysis and socio-economic, environmental and technological impact assessment.
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PLANET

Planning and operational tools for optimising energy flows and synergies between energy networks.

Start date: 01/11/2017
End date: 31/10/2020
Budget: € 4 million

The increased use of fluctuating renewable energy sources in the grids, has given rise to a number of challenges, such as production curtailment and unbalances in the electricity grid, to name a few. Electric batteries have come into play as a widely adopted solution to overcome such challenges. Besides energy storage however, other technologies, such as Power to Heat (P2H), Power to Gas (P2G) or Combined Heat and Storage (CHP) can bring further benefits to the energy system, by offering flexibility to the demand side. Such technologies arise from the interaction between the electricity network with other energy networks (e.g. natural gas network).

The PLANET project envisions to facilitate the full integration of renewable energy in the electricity grid through global coordination of all energy networks (electricity, gas, heat) and the different technologies for energy storage and conversion. Acknowledging the project’s potential, the European Union awarded the PLANET consortium a € 4 million worth contract to create simulation models for the integration of renewable energy in the network and for exploring and demonstrating the synergies between energy networks and conversion/storage technologies.

PLANET develops a holistic decision support system based on hardware, software and networking components that will be available for use by utilities (DSOs), policy makers and storage technologies. The PLANET tools will enable all stakeholders to explore, identify, evaluate and quantitatively assess grid planning and management strategies for future energy scenarios that target full energy system de-carbonisation.

The project is being carried by a consortium of 11 partners from 7 different EU countries, including Italy, Belgium, Greece, Finland, UK, France, Germany with Technical University of Torino (Italy) being the coordinating beneficiary.

MERIT, deploys its extensive expertise in market and policy analysis as well as in consumer behavioral profiling, to contribute insights into generating the user requirements and specifications and the system architecture and into formulating the exploitation strategy and business innovation planning. On top of that, MERIT is also actively involved in developing policy and market reform recommendations to facilitate the carbon-free energy system, to showcase the compliance and commercial viability of the PLANET project.

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MERLON

Integrated Modular Energy Systems and Local Flexibility Trading for Neural Energy Islands.

Start date: 01/01/2019
End date: 31/12/2021
Budget: € 7.5 million

Decentralized energy systems offer promising opportunities for utilizing renewable energy sources available locally, and for providing clean energy access to isolated or remote communities. At the same time, however, it is also a technological and financial challenge for the power network to adopt the increasing share of renewables.

MERLON, being acknowledged as a project that addresses both the financial and technological challenges of renewable energy integration in decentralized systems, was offered a € 7.5 million contract by the European Union. The project offers a holistic approach to the optimization of the local energy system by means of an integrated modular local energy management framework which accounts for high shares of fluctuating renewable energy generation. MERLON is spanning across many levels of the energy system and combines all currently relevant sustainable technologies, including distributed generation, demand, storage as well as electric vehicles and interconnections between different local energy networks.

MERLON also enables local energy communities to introduce themselves in local flexibility markets; novel business models are being developed while local DSOs are being assigned the role of “Aggregator of Aggregators” and the tools for the provision of added value services to the overlay distribution grid.

MERLON’s innovative solutions are being tested in two pilot sites, in Austria and Spain, exhibiting diverse characteristics to ensure a representative validation process of the project solutions.

The project is being carried by a consortium of 12 partners from 7 different EU countries, including Spain, UK, Cyprus, Austria, France, Belgium, Greece with HYPERTECH (Greece) being the coordinating beneficiary.

MERIT, as an expert in the field, is leading the exploitation and business innovation activities. For this reason, a plan is developed to facilitate the realistic delivery of the exploitation and business planning process. This plan includes sales strategy, supply chain management activities, competition analysis, operational plan, financial projections and post project funding needs for the exploitation of project outcomes during and after the project.

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PV ADAPT

Prefabrication, Recyclability and modularity for cost reductions in smart BIPV systems.

Start date: 01/01/2019
End date: 31/03/2022
Budget: € 11 million

Photovoltaics (PV) are increasingly being incorporated into new or existing constructions, not only as mounted elements, but also as construction building blocks (roofs, facades, skylights), covering the energy needs of buildings. This new Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) technology, however, needs to meet existing building function standards, such as mechanical and structural integrity, protection from the weather impact, but also ensure economy of energy, amongst others.

At the same time, an efficient system should be in place, at low cost, to enable building residents to efficiently and easily manage and control their energy consumption. In response to those challenges the PVadapt project came into play, being awarded by the European Union a € 11 million worth contract, in order to develop and provide adaptable and multifunctional BIPV systems at a significantly lower cost than the BIPVs currently found in the market.

The project consists of:

The development of a low-cost production of photovoltaics through automated processes used to produce PV modules together with elements that recover heat losses from the panels, thereby making it more efficient.
The combination of PV elements with passive and sustainable components to produce prefabricated BIPV modules. Prefabrication is key to achieving cost reductions, as well as guaranteeing quick installation and minimum interference. A sustainable design philosophy with all the parts of the system being recyclable/reusable and raw materials being waste-based to achieve sustainable supply chains An intelligent energy system which will be used to address user related needs while optimizing energy management, designed in such a way as to be interoperable in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem The PVadapt solution will be tested and demonstrated in 6 pilot across 4 countries Austria, Greece, Portugal and Spain.
The project is being carried by a consortium of 18 partners from 11 different EU countries, including UK, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, France under the coordination of MERIT.

With a significant experience in project management coordinating activities, MERIT is forming the link between the consortium members and the European Commission along with being responsible for managing the project consortium, handling budgeting, and monitoring the overall progress and use of resources in accordance with the project’s targets to make sure everything is delivered on time and on budget.

Besides that, Merit is the partner responsible for carrying out the dissemination and communication strategy and activities as well as being responsible for exploiting the project results and for delivering the project’s marketplace to provide an effective link for SMEs in the field to access the PVadapt- BIPV market. Further, MERIT deploys its expertise in various activities within the project, from providing key insights regarding consumers’ behavior and user requirements that help shape the PVadapt technology specifications, to consolidating the project business plan.

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BIMERR

BIM-based holistic tools for Energy-driven Renovation of existing Residences.

Start date: 01/01/2019
End date: 31/10/2021
Budget: € 6.9 million

In the digitalized era, businesses are called upon to adopt new technologies and innovations in order to make design, construction and operation of buildings more safe, efficient and cost-effective. The construction sector and the building sector in particular need to be able to support energy savings by allowing the integration of sensors and smart applications along with the applications of circular economy. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the enabling technology to achieve this goal, yet, so far it is mostly utilized in newly built constructions, overlooking the benefits it can bring about to the management and renovation of existing buildings.

BIMMER promotes the digitalization of the construction industry through the development of tools that will support architecture, engineering and construction stakeholders throughout the renovation process of existing buildings. To realize this vision, the EU awarded the BIMMER consortium with a contract worth of € 6.9 million, to develop and provide a complete tool chain of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies, which aim to:

Create compatible tools that will allow the collection and use of data from different sources in existing buildings regarding the energy-related habits of residents to be used in energy efficiency renovation decisions
Facilitate the selection and design of interventions needed during renovation processes it terms of materials/components and sustainability considerations (energy consumption), through an innovative Renovation Decision Support System (RenoDSS)
Develop automation tools that will reduce the cost and time of renovation through the development of a Process and Workflow Modelling and Automation (PWMA) toolkit.

The project is developed and implemented by a consortium of 16 partners from 10 different EU countries, including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Germany and Belgium, with Fraunhofer FIT (Germany) being the coordinating beneficiary.

MERIT, building on its energy behavior modelling and profiling experience, analyses the full set of requirements from all stakeholders involved in the buildings’ renovation process in order to produce recommendations for the design of the BIMMERS tools and processes. On top of that, MERIT leads the dissemination and communication activities of the project and, brings its extensive knowledge in new models’ exploitation strategy and business innovation planning, to plan for the commercial deployment of the BIMERR results. During the whole project course, MERIT also leads the organization of the BIMERR Living Lab activities, as a critical source of stakeholder feedback to make sure the BIMMER solution keeps up and operates in the real life context.

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IELECTRIX

Indian and European Local Energy CommuniTies for Renewable Integration and the Energy Transition.

Start date: 01/05/2019
End date: 31/10/2022
Budget: € 10.7 million

Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are a main pillar of the European strategy for harnessing the potential of renewable energy sources. At the same time an increasing role in Europe is foreseen for Citizen Energy Communities in Europe for a fast uptake of renewables’ integration into the grid.

DSOs, to go beyond the state of the art, are challenged with technical and financial issues with regard to:

The use of state-of-the-art digital systems for facilitating the network management and operation.
The flexibility of the networks in terms of energy demand turn down or generation turn up to maintain stability in the grid and avoid congestion.
The integration of the ever-increasing share of renewable energy in the networks while effectively managing their variability and intermittency and avoiding production curtailment.

To that end, the IELECTRIX consortium was awarded a contract worth € 10.7 million by the European Union, for promoting the role of DSOs to connect Citizen Energy Communities to the network, ultimately leading to a single and smart European electricity energy grid.

To address the challenges, IELECTRIX provides an optimal combination of solutions that serve to:

Ensure the stability of the electricity network system to account for the intermittency of renewable energy generation. Specifically, IELECTRIX uses mobile storage systems (batteries) to store the excess renewable energy generation at times of high production and release it in prioritized locations at times when production is low. At the same time, IELECTRIX caters for connecting the local energy network to the central grid as a back up energy supply.
Bring together storage technologies and digital systems to create smart micro grids enabling DSOs to more effectively operate and maintain the networks, but also to improve customers’ (prosumers’) involvement in the energy system through the provision of incentives to adapt their power needs based on the network capabilities in real time (Demand Response schemes).
Develop viable business models which take into account the commercial relationships between all the players involved in the network ecosystem (community members/consumers, DSOs, aggregators, electricity generators).

To validate the viability of its concept under real circumstances, IELECTRIX tests its solutions in 5 real scale demonstration sites, in 4 different countries (Austria, Hungary, Germany and India), to account for diversity across different regulatory regimes, geographical, technical and economical conditions. The project brings together 15 European countries and one Indian partner spanning in 9 different countries under the coordination of ENEDIS (France).

Within IELECTRIX, MERIT deploys its expertise in business model innovation and exploitation, market and policy analysis, innovative systems’ integration, new model’s exploitation strategy and business innovation planning to unravel the business aspects of the local energy systems’ optimization. Specifically, MERIT develops the business cases to be tested in demonstration sites, particularly focusing on the benefits the project brings about to all stakeholders involved, from the customers participating in the network ecosystem through Demand Response schemes to the DSOs and aggregators, and produces tangible and quantifiable outputs through realistic energy system evolution scenarios. On top of that, MERIT proposes informed plans for the IELECTRIX solution take-up in both similar and different network installations and configurations to showcase how the IELECTRIX solutions can be adapted and implemented viably under different real case conditions.

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E2DRIVER

Training on energy audits as an Energy Efficiency DRIVER for the automotive sector.

Start date: 01/06/2019
End date: 30/06/2022
Budget: € 1.9 million

The European Union Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), as a means to promote the implementation of energy saving measures in buildings, requires Member States to develop programs encouraging companies to undergo energy audits for promoting the implementation of energy saving measures. Energy audits aim to gain sufficient knowledge of an existing set of energy consumption characteristics in a building, building complex, as well as in industrial or commercial activities or establishments, and are particularly important in energy intensive sectors. The auditing process results in the identification and quantification of efficient, case-specific energy saving measures. Yet, many of the relevant sectors suffer from lack of awareness regarding the benefits of energy efficiency.

In the context of the EED, the European Union awarded the E2DRIVER consortium a € 1.9 million-worth contract to train SMEs in the automotive sector, as one of the energy intensive industries, in energy auditing and energy saving measures. To overcome the lack of knowledge, skills and awareness prevalent in the industry, the project’s integrative approach aims to boost capacity-building programmes on energy auditing by establishing an innovative learning platform to promote cost-effective energy efficiency improvements.

The learning platform places people at the centre through a creative training methodology. The hallmark of this methodology is the adaptation of training materials and energy self-assessment tools to each trainee’s needs and motivations through an adaptive learning environment. In addition, peer trainers will take central stage as they generate own knowledge on energy efficiency and share it with their co-workers. Training material, online lessons, guidelines along with energy and financial tools, virtual reality modules will be part of the E2DRIVER platform and key actors in the SMEs’ sector will undergo energy audits and implement their recommendations.

The project is being carried by a consortium of 12 partners from 5 different EU countries, including Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Belgium, with CIRCE (Spain) being the coordinating beneficiary.

Within E2DRIVER, MERIT leads the business model development and the definition of the replication strategies. Specifically, MERIT will leverage its experience in market analysis and business planning, and its extensive expertise in the energy efficiency sector but also in training strategies, to analyze the existing market and build on the competitive advantages of the E2DRIVER methodology and platform. Through the development of a specific business plan MERIT will highlight the unique value proposition of the product and support its positioning, formulating an optimal go-to-market strategy to make sure E2DRIVER reaches the right audience. Following that, MERIT will develop the exploitation strategy while accounting for the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) management to maximize the project’s potential and address all the relevant stakeholders’ needs and expectations. Based on the outcome, MERIT will also deliver the replication strategy so that the E2DRIVER platform and methodology will be ready to be repeated in more territories.

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PARITY H2020

Pro-sumer aware, transactive markets or valorisation of distributed flexibility enabled by smart energy contracts.

Start date: 01/10/2019
End date: 30/04/2022
Budget: € 9.3 million

The integration of renewable energy sources into the grid, and the electrification of sectors such as heating, cooling and transport, require targeted upgrades to the distribution network. DSOs, in their role as active system managers, have to strike the right balance between the investments needed for carrying out the upgrades and ensuring affordability and security of energy supply as well as grid stability.

Acknowledging the vision of the PARITY project, the EU awarded a € 9.3 million worth contract to its consortium to provide solutions for increasing the durability and efficiency of the electrical grid, while simultaneously enabling the adoption of more Renewable Energy Sources (RES). This project deals with the organizational status quo of the distribution grids, by: enabling customers to participate in the way the electricity network is operated through a blockchain based local flexibility market platform, and introducing smart grid management tools and flexibility management tools to enable control and coordination of Distributed Energy Sources.

The project is being carried by a consortium of 17 partners from 7 different EU countries, including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium, with CERTH (Greece) being the coordinating beneficiary. The PARITY solution will be demonstrated in 4 pilot sites across the EU (Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Greece), to validate its effectiveness across various cultural and techno-regulatory conditions.

MERIT leverages its experience in communication and dissemination activities, to promote the project and its results, raise awareness regarding smart grids, energy efficiency technologies in buildings and Demand Response management systems. MERIT has proven track record in new models exploitation strategy and business innovation planning, making it ideal to develop the business innovation plan and replication/scale-up roadmap for PARITY, to maximize the project’s impact and ensure broader use of the project results. Owing to its experience in consumer profiling and energy behavior modelling, MERIT is also responsible for enabling and strengthening community engagement, taking a strategic approach to the interactions and relationships between community members, thereby increasing acceptability of the project’s results.

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