Energy storage will be a crucial component of the future smart grid with large share of energy generated from variable renewable energy sources (RES). The unit cost of energy retrieved from storages is however still relatively high. It is therefore necessary to optimise storage capacities deployed in the grid.
The objective of the SHAR-Q project is to optimise storage capacities for the small energy sites, such as distributed generation resources (DER) and microgrids belonging to prosumers. SHAR-Q is based on a bottom-up approach. It hopes to optimise storage capacities by encouraging collaboration between peer-to-peer interoperability networks that connect neighbourhooding RES and storage ecosystems, and enabling them to share their storage capacities.
SHAR-Q develops an open platform, which resembles well-known social web portals, to enable peer-to peer networks to connect. The platform allows users to independently manage their contribution to the collaborative models (e.g. they can control with whom they wish to share specific storage capacities).
The project will demonstrate the viability of the collaborative business models in 3 different pilots in Portugal, Austria and Greece, targeting 3 different segments of end-users such as neighbourhoods of distributed renewable energy systems, coalitions of prosumers and locations with e-vehicle charging stations.
SHAR-Q's research and innovation activities will be driven by the opinion of stakeholders involved in the project's stakeholder advisory board. Their feedback will be carefully analysed throughout the project duration. By adopting this approach, the project hopes to maximise chances for adoption of the SHAR-Q collaborative concept.