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Project Acronym: MERLON

Project Full Title: Integrated Modular Energy Systems and Local Flexibility Trading for Neural Energy Islands

Duration: 01/01/2019 – 31/12/2021

Topic: LC-SC3-ES-3-2018-2020 - Integrated local energy systems (Energy islands)

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Suite5 in MERLON

Suite5 role in MERLON is to provide an End to End Interoperability and Data Management Framework that will enable open standards-based communication along the local energy system optimization value chain.

MERLON introduces an Integrated Modular Local Energy Management Framework for the Holistic Operational Optimization of Local Energy Systems in presence of high shares of volatile distributed RES. Optimization in MERLON applies to multiple levels spanning optimal coordination of local generation, with demand and storage flexibility, as well as flexibility offered by EVs and CHP Plants to facilitate maximum RES integration, avoidance of curtailment and satisfaction of balancing/ ancillary grid needs. MERLON will enable the realization of novel business models, allowing local energy communities to introduce themselves in local flexibility markets, while paving the way for the realization of novel Microgrid-as-a-Service models, assigning to local DSOs the role of “Aggregator of Aggregators” for the provision of added value services to the overlay distribution grid. The overall framework will be demonstrated in two pilot sites in Austria and France with the aim to pave the way for further exploitation and marketization of project results.

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