With a growing relevance of the energy transition, more and more decentralised renewable energy sources are being implemented. The traditional grid is not accommodated for these sources, which results in a lot of complex challenges: balancing supply and demand while being dependent on sun and wind, but also integrating electric vehicles and heat pumps that put even more stress on the network. The issue that forms in this situation is that the implementation of a technology in the grid has a different impact on each stakeholder (f.e. energy supplier, grid operator, consumer). As such, complex multi-actor challenges arise, causing uncertainty, and make decision making difficult. This often leads to an unequal and inefficient distribution of the costs and benefits of energy decisions.
Team RED aims to improve this decision-making by making the impacts of energy changes insightful and understandable for everyone. The interactive platform that we are developing will allow all people to understand and explore the impact of a change in the energy network. As a result, the impact that a change has on the overall system and on each actor can be evaluated from several perspectives, making informed and democratic decision-making possible. Furthermore, energy data provides lots of opportunities to improve sustainability. Therefore, next to only making the energy data insightful, our solution also exploits these opportunities: it uses the data to optimize energy use which reduces costs and increases the share of renewable energy. We have been working together with Dienst Huisvesting of the university campus and a partner in industry who have shown interest in the concept, and provide us with useful insight and feedback. Looking at the TU/e campus as a first scope, we are currently working with the energy data of the campus with the aim of proving the concept here in the first place.