ERA-Net Smartenergysystems projects establish innovation environments for the development of Smart Services1
Due to the exponential growth in number of users and active participants in the current energy system, their integration is a key requirement in the design of future energy system. In order to cope with international developments, European innovation ecosystems should be created around the regional and local energy systems that will enable the potential buyers, developers and providers to work together in co-creation processes, to develop attractive services serving the requirements of the different participants and of the overall system. This includes:
- Data accessibility for pilot initiatives in cooperation with ICT infrastructure providers
- Initiation of developer platforms for digital business processes
- Development of cooperation formats that facilitate the participation of Start-Ups and SMEs
- Development of participation models for citizens, communities, energy regions, and peer groups
1 In this respect, the outcomes of eDIGIREGION project may be of relevance - a collaboration between four research-driven clusters in South East Ireland, Central Hungary, Castilla-La Mancha/Spain and Bucharest-Ilfov/Romania) focused on engaging the triple helix partnership, in each of the four regions, to plan, design and implement an ecosystem of research, innovation, creativity and commercialisation to support the implementation of the European Digital Agenda.