Smart Grid Project examines 4 user groups

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In the Smart Energy Collective & Co project (ProSECco), fourteen partners are studying how energy grids, services and technologies can be adapted to the continually increasing demand for electricity. The project focusses on four user groups:

  1. an office in Rotterdam
  2. an all-electric district in Gorinchem
  3. a district with gas and electricity in Heerhugowaard
  4. a district combining heat generation and storage in Goes

ProSECco is testing a single basic design of a new market model on all four user groups.


All four user groups have been subject to rigorous testing since last spring. This has potential benefits for all manner of organisations that have their own fleet of vehicles, such as businesses or municipalities.

“We are looking forward to the completion of the innovative project that is currently being developed in Goes. Here an ice buffer supplies the necessary heat: heat is extracted from a water tank under a home, causing the water to freeze. A heat pump heats the water to the required temperature for heating and hot water in the home. I predict that more of the concepts we are developing together with the project partners will be introduced to the market by the time the project has run its course.


Develop and provide combinations of services and technologies to user groups comprising more than a thousand private and commercial energy consumers. Determine the economic feasibility and social acceptance of smart grids based on the experiences of these user groups.


  • How can we get energy consumers to change their behavior and which incentives are needed to this end?
  • How could the services offered influence the behavior of energy consumers?
  • Which services or combinations of services do consumers prefer and how can the project partners generate new business using these services?
  • In which situations do smart grids produce the most benefits and what business case is needed to this end?
  • Which parties play which roles and how can they guarantee the exchange of information in the implementation phase?
  • How can we develop standards for these products and services?
  • What are the potential obstacles in legislation and regulations?

Why they acted?

In the Smart Energy Collective & Co project (ProSECco), fourteen partners are studying how energy grids, services and technologies can be adapted to the continually increasing demand for electricity.

Next step

  • ProSECco will continue the testing and measuring phase until May 2016.
  • Thanks to the user experiences gained in both office buildings and homes, we now have more knowledge on how to implement flexibility without sacrificing comfort. By improving the energy balance we can reduce the peak load, so that sustainable generation can be more effectively deployed and the system operator can save on investment costs.

Lessons Learned

The generic USEF model was an early spin-off of the ProSECco project.

The future roles and processes for smart energy systems have been included in the universal framework.

The residents of the Heerhugowaard and Hoog Dalem districts were highly committed and cooperated intensively with the project group. The communication with these users was instructive and unique.

Since 2015, we are running tests in the user groups to find out how this model can be used to deploy flexibility to the best effect, for example to ease the load on the grid. The results will determine which technologies we will develop further.

The pilot projects were given less priority and so the original fifth user group – comprising the industrial partners – did not make the implementation phase. The project also met with some delays in the other four user groups, among others due to postponed investment decisions and bankrupt suppliers.

We intended to complete the pilot by the spring of 2015, but the testing and measuring phase had only just gone live by then.


Martijn Maandag of DNV GL

+31 (0) 26 356 62 45


Factsheet ProSECco examines four user groups



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