Last week on the 16th and 17th 2022, the REACT consortium gathered together in Vienna at AIT premises for the 8th General Assembly. The project is focused on the energy independence that goes hand by hand with energy transition, energy management and the creation at a later stage of energy communities that are able to manage their own energy generation and sharing.
During those two days progresses on the project were presented. Advances on the application has been swift and there are many issues that still need to be polished even though most of the project objectives have been achieved so far.
Feedback from the 3 island communities in Aran, Carloforte and La Graciosa islands have been collected as well as their perceptions and advances carried out lately in the project.
We discussed about the forecasting tools and its use, optimisation methods, the grey/black box model, issues about the grid operation and fault detection. We also discussed lengthy about the energy asset controllers.
There are several points that stood out from the talks and presentations:
We are thinking on how important it is to compare the situation at the pilots sites before and after REACT development, so we need to compare all the collected data so far.
Strengthen the collaboration with the local grids operators in these final months ahead is a very important and necessary step forward.
We must also strive to promote the implemented solutions among the general population, especially considering the level of energy flexibility required by the energy market in the very near future.
Dissemination of the lessons learnt from the project and train end users are other two objectives to be pursued as well.
We have to thank the AIT team -and specially Stefan Übermasser– for hosting the event and made the meeting a very enjoyable and fruitful one, and also for the interesting visit we had to a number of laboratories at the AIT premises, where we learnt a lot about energy storage and grid possibilities.