Decentralised energy systems and local energy communities can reduce grid congestion and thus play an important role in the energy transition. This requires the use of privacy-sensitive data in complex technical tools. The technology usually comes through commercial parties.
This brings up questions around inclusion, access and ownership. How to ensure everyone has access to the systems and is included in the process? Who owns the data? And is the data handled in a discrete manner?
The Local Inclusive Future Energy (LIFE) project is also dealing with these questions. The project tests smart planning for energy demand and supply through a smart energy exchange platform in Amsterdam ArenApoort. Reinier Prins from Alliander will tell us more about the LIFE project, give a demo of the platform and dive into the encountered data dilemmas. The LIFE platform uses a digital twin – an exact virtual replica of reality – to simulate the exchange of energy.
Second speaker Paul Strijp from the province of North-Holland, will elaborate on the conditions for responsible decision-making with digital twins in the energy transition.
The opportunities of digital twins are nearly endless, but what are the implications from a democratic point of view? Building on this, Julia Jansen from Waag will reflect on how we can benefit from energy data, whilst at the same time keep control over our data as a community.