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Energy Cells GR

The German, Belgian, French and Luxembourgian governments commissioned IZES gGmbH to develop an introductory technological programme for the take-up of stationary fuel cells.The use of highly efficient fuel cell heating systems for the combined production of heat and electricity makes a valuable contribution towards the achievement of these governments’ energy and climate protection targets and has a positive impact on their economies.
Each of the four energy cells in the GR is a virtual power plant balancing electricity production and consumption by using storage capacities within the cell or by exchanging excess power with other interconnected cells (also as cross-border transfer) via smart grids on distribution grid level. The overall balancing is managed by a digital online controller in each energy cell driven by the electricity market. The objective is to integrate large shares of renewable energy into the power systems.

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Category 1 - Promoting digital transformation

region(s): Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, Lorraine, Luxembourg
Country(ies): Belgium - France - Germany - Luxembourg
Fund: European Regional Development Fund (Interreg)
EU Contribution: EUR 902 867
Timeframe: 01/2017 - 09/2019
Operational Programme : Interreg V-A - France-Belgium-Germany-Luxembourg (Grande Région)
Managing Authority : Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures
Organisation: IZES gGmbH