Higher Autonomy

Smart Grid helps to integrate more renewable energy and increase autonomy

With renewable energy becoming a day to day experience, many citizens and companies aim to maximize the share of self and – possibly on site - produced energy. The reasons for this can be economical (own production being cheaper than grid electricity), political (support for a greener world), emotional (autonomy and independence), or a combination. Initiatives of energy pioneers spring up in many countries by running independent energy zones.

Producing enough energy to cover own consumption over a year is relatively easy, as long as the grid acts as a flexibility provider by absorbing surplus energy, and giving it back at other times. Doing this every second of a year without this flexibility from the grid is much more challenging. Therefore, the “independent” zone relies on the grid and cannot be disconnected. Again, the solution would be investment in batteries, or smart grid, or both. As of today, there are no economical and sustainable solutions available to achieve this.

Easy Smart Grid technology can be a part of a future solution for higher autonomy, and helps to develop roadmaps for such pilot or area grids. Minimizing cost and risk in each step, renewable energy share and thus autonomy is increased gradually. In the library you will find a white paper: Self balancing of mini and area grids giving more insight in motivation, benefits and approach.