The objective of the MERGE project is to study and develop an energy management system to promote the integration of different energy systems, mainly electricity and gas natural, on a low level, that is, the distribution network. It is fundamental to understand to what extent the end-users can be more actively involved in managing their demand and consumptions. The infrastructure and the operation of energy grids have to be taken into account during the realization of a model that shows the mutual effects of the grids’ physical laws and end-users behavior. Increasing the awareness and active participation of the consumers is a key element in this process of integration, as they are assigned a more central role, by having the opportunity to switch from one source to another and to change behavior on the basis of grid information.
Start: 1 July 2016 Duration: 4 years Funded by: The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Project number: 647.002.006 Principal Investigator: Dr. K. E. Keizer