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“The role of renewable energy prosumers in implementing energy justice theory”

By Saule Milciuviene, Julija Kiršiene, Enrique Doheijo, Rolandas Urbonas and Darius Milcius

Abstract: In recent years, the use of photovoltaic-based distributed electricity generation has played a key role in achieving climate and energy policy goals. The energy market is changing rapidly from centralized generation towards unbundling generation, transmission, distribution, and supply activities. As energy consumers also become producers, a new energy market player—the prosumer—is emerging. The role of the prosumer as a market player can be analyzed in terms of implemented technological solutions, economic assessment, environmental impact, and legal regulation requirements. The aim of this article is to investigate the importance and compatibility of energy prosumers with energy justice theory in the context of European Union (EU) law. The authors concluded first that an energy prosumer will help to meet energy justice goals only if government ensures support for generation facilities for low-income consumers, as only then can intrageneration equity be achieved. Second, seeking to ensure equality among places with di fferent energy sources, the government should promote the development of generation facilities using different renewable energy sources. Third, the short-term electricity market, which may allow energy prosumers to participate, should be developed.

The article was published at Sustainability 2019, 11(19), 5286.

“Solar PV on the distribution Grid: Smart integrated solutions of distributed generation based on solar PV, energy storage devices and active demand management”

By Hanna Bartoszewicz-Burczy, Przemysław Starzyński, Maciej Wachowiak

Abstract: This paper is based on the work carried out in the EU project: “Solar PV on the Distribution Grid: Smart Integrated Solutions of Distributed Generation based on Solar PV, Energy Storage Devices and Active Demand Management” acronym – iDistributedPV. The iDistributedPV project is a European Union Horizon 2020 granted research program aiming to investigate solutions to enhance large-scale penetration of solar PVs in the distribution grids. The aim of iDistributedPV´s project is developing affordable integrated solutions to enhance the large scale penetration of distributed solar PV. The project develops the concept of “prosumer”: a player that consumes and produces electricity in his facilities. It is based upon the effective integration of solar PV equipment, energy storage, monitoring and controlling strategies and procedures, active demand management, smart technologies and the integration of procedures in the power distribution system according to market criteria.

The article was written for the 36th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition.

“EU – comparison of the economic viability if prosumer PV systems”

By Verena Fluri, Klarissa Niedermeier, Henning Steffens, Bernhard Wille-Haussmann, Christoph Kost, Thomas Schlegl, Shivenes Shammugam

Abstract:In Europe, both the solar irradiation and the support schemes for a household with a PV or a PV battery system differ considerably from country to country. This paper analyses the influence of these factors on economical Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and aims to cluster European countries with similar economic behaviour. The paper focuses on the producer and consumer (=prosumer) concept of residential PV owners. The analysis shows that PV systems are only a positive business case, i.e. a positive NPV calculated based on all economic and technical inputs of each location, in some countries, while in other countries a negative NPV is obtained due to the framework conditions. The PV system in Malta reached the highest NPV due to a high feed in-tariff. Lowest NPVs were reached for Iceland, Finland, Sweden and UK with no support scheme or only a small feed-in tariff, while also having a lower PV irradiation.

The article was written for the 36th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition.