Future energy systems: prosumer islands or a new IoT community?

24 June 2020, 10:00 - 16:00

We invite you to participate in our international workshop on exploring future system configurations for new decentralised and digitalised energy systems.

Will we move towards isolated prosumer systems (i.e. the energy island model), or instead towards fully interconnected digitalised energy systems, as prosumers (i.e. who produce and self-consume energy from local renewable sources) remain fully connected to the public grid?

The aim of this workshop is to co-design a collective roadmap for the future of prosumer-based energy systems in 2030 and 2050. By envisioning possible futures, we aim to understand how different socioeconomic, technological and regulatory conditions will affect this process, specifically we will address the following questions:

  • What does a desirable decentralised and digitalised energy system look like to prosumers? – i.e. will we be energy islands or part of a global interconnected Internet of Things (IoT) community?
  • Which conditions (social, economic, technological, ethical, security and data protection, educational, and financial) need to change to get there?
  • How do these futures relate to the ongoing transposition of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) into national policies in the EU member states?

The workshop will bring together a selected and international group of practitioners and policymakers in a highly interactive online setting that is fuelled by short, inspiring inputs. Stimulating discussions, mutual learning and critical thinking will be encouraged through innovative methodologies like backcasting and visioning.

The workshop starts at 10:00 and ends at 16:00 CET on 24th June 2020. It will take place online using professional Zoom software and state of the art facilitation tools, with several breaks throughout the day. A full and exciting agenda for the day and detailed information on how to use the web tools will be available and sent to you a week before the workshop.