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Project wins European Sustainable Energy Award for helping communities save energy through smart technology

MUSE GRIDS recognised by European Commission for fostering energy independence of two communities poorly connected to the electricity grid in Italy and Belgium by maximising affordable renewable energy

Today, in Brussels, MUSE GRIDS was awarded the European Sustainable Energy Award 2022 in the Innovation category. The award recognises outstanding ongoing or recently completed EU-funded projects that show an original and innovative path toward the clean energy transition. European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, met with the four award winners to congratulate them at the awards ceremony on the first day of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and energy efficiency in Europe. ​

MUSE GRIDS is an EU-funded project that is integrating energy-intensive municipal services such as water, electricity, natural gas, and heating and cooling networks into a smart energy system. This enables greater control, energy savings and affordable local renewable energy generation for self-consumption. At the project’s two demo sites in Osimo, a hilltop town in Italy, and Oud-Heverlee, a rural neighbourhood in Belgium, up to 90% of energy needs are now being covered by residents’ own local renewable energy production and through optimisation of use and distribution.

MUSE GRIDS, validates solutions for the decarbonisation of the local energy system while ensuring a positive impact on the centralised energy infrastructure, local economy and local social aspects, and air quality.

Fabiola Roccatagliata, Project Coordinator of MUSE GRIDS

We have implemented some really exciting technologies such as a neighbourhood battery, electrical smart heating, and vehicle-to-grid chargers. The MUSE GRIDS controller looks at the production and consumption of the whole community. When there is too much production, we charge the car and then later in the evening we will discharge the car back to the house, so the owners can use the green electricity for their evening consumption.

Matthijs Doclo, Project Manager at ENGIE Laborolec

In addition to the two demo sites, international virtual demo sites in Spain, India and Israel are taking part in the project. This allows the team to monitor results in real-time and in real-life applications under different circumstances. Such testing allows the project to adapt the solutions better to the local needs of the communities, laying a groundwork for a replicable methodology.

Through the project we developed management and planning tools, with which the community can understand how energy use can be optimised across all the assets that are connected to the smart energy system

Fabiola Roccatagliata, Project Coordinator of MUSE GRIDS

The project, funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, responds to the EU’s long-term goal of climate neutrality by 2050. Such actions are delivering on the European Green Deal, and more urgently, supporting the REPowerEU Plan to accelerate the clean energy transition and increase Europe’s energy independence.

MUSE GRIDS was one of three finalists shortlisted for the European Sustainable Energy Awards 2022 in the Innovation category. The other finalists in the Innovation category are Beccs Stockholm and ENVISION

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About the European Sustainable Energy Awards

The European Sustainable Energy Awards recognise outstanding individuals and projects for their innovation and efforts in energy efficiency and renewables. Prizes are awarded following a public vote in four categories: Innovation, Local Energy Action, Woman in Energy, and Young Energy Trailblazer. Finalists are chosen by a high-level jury from a shortlist of the year’s most successful projects and actions for clean, secure and efficient energy.


➔ Meet the other 2022 European Sustainable Energy Awards winners