The ISGAN Award showcases global leadership and innovation in smart grids. It is an initiative launched by a US initiated high-level global forum named Clean Energy Ministerial.
The EcoGrid project on the green Danish island of Bornholm was recognized for its ability to involve consumers in creating the energy grid of the future.
Director of Invest in Denmark, North America, Jon Thorgaard, is not surprised, as user involvement and green technologies are two Danish key competences. He also points to the value of user engagement in the transformation to a green, innovative society:
- “Involving the users is a Danish design trademark because it enhances the effect and quality of the chosen solutions. Foreign companies are increasingly leveraging the Danish demographics and positive mind-set to participate in innovation and we see a lot of interest to test solutions. Luckily, there are many existing projects like Østkraft’s EcoGrid to tap into, and Invest in Denmark can facilitate the right contacts.”
2000 Danish households to drive smarter consumption
Østkraft is the energy supplier on the island Bornholm on the outskirts of Denmark. The island of Bornholm is ideal as a testing site because of a high share of renewable energy and the possibility of creating a restricted testing area.
Østkraft’s EcoGrid Project is one of the largest projects of its kind in the world, involving 2000 households in trying to move more of the energy consumption to periods with high energy production. If more electricity is consumed when production is high, i.e. when the wind blows or the sun is shining, the share of renewable energy in the grid will increase. Consumers have the power to make this happen, which the EcoGrid Project illustrates. Changes in consumption habits are driven through economic incentives that reduce the cost of energy in periods with high production.
About the ISGAN and Clean Energy Ministerial
The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) brings together governments and their stakeholders to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electricity grids worldwide through dynamic knowledge sharing, peer exchange, tool development, and project coordination.
ISGAN was launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. The participating 23 governments account for 80 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90 per cent of global clean energy investment. They also fund the vast majority of public research and development in clean energy technologies. Read more at www.cleanenergyministerial.org.