Pilot Liège: Digital twin local energy market
The university of Liège will develop a digital twin to validate the principles and developments of workpackages 2 and 3 and facilitate the implementation of blockchain in physical pilot projects demonstrating local energy communities. Developing a pilot as a simulator is complementary to physical pilots, at a reduced cost, since costs are limited to man-power and computation power, faster since there is no need to obtain a permit and to deal with other administrative questions, and in a more flexible manner. This will thus also allow to simulate alternative configurations and to obtain statistically significant results. It will also serve as a benchmark for physical pilot projects. As previously mentioned, the Montefiore research unit is already involved in physical pilot projects, that will serve as a basis for generating the simulation environment and as a comparison. The main steps are: 1. Development of the digital twin architecture 2. Development of local energy community member twins and their behaviour (how they react to renewable energy generation changes, to propositions form peers, and how they bid). 3. Connection to interfaces of WP3 for data exchanges through the blockchain and implementation of the smart contracts 4. Development of scenarios (number of members, types, etc.) For this pilot ULg will taken action to include the Walloon energy distributors (RESA and or Ores) and the Walloon regulation office (CWAPE) in the guidance group.