Due to its topography, the Alpine Space (AS) area is characterised by many small local electric grids weakly connected to the upstream grid which are highly exposed to black-outs due to natural disasters that cut electric grid lines. In these areas a more resilient energy system is needed. On the other hand, the Alpine area has a high potential for low-carbon electricity generation from renewable sources and for local energy storage.
ALPGRIDS aims to create a transnational enabling environment as precondition for the development of microgrids by addressing regulatory issues (grid regulations, data security, energy consumer rights) and organizational-business challenges (feasibility, organizational structure). The project will build on the alpine assets: biomass availability, hydropower storage, green-tech clusters, autonomous local electricity producers/distributors and citizen energy communities.
Microgrids can contribute and lead to low carbon communities, increased autonomy and higher local employment. ALPGRIDS will use already existing technological solutions to develop a general concept of a microgrid as the creation of a resilient, innovative and partially autonomous energy system.