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Photovoltaics Enabling Sustainable Energy Communities: Technological Drivers and Emerging Markets

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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Athens, Greece
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Collective Energy Cooperative, Energy Community, 11631 Athens, Greece
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School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, KTH—Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Venizelos Efthymiou
Energies 2021, 14(7), 1862; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14071862
Received: 3 March 2021 / Revised: 19 March 2021 / Accepted: 22 March 2021 / Published: 27 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Photovoltaic Energy Systems for a Sustainable Future)
In this paper, we investigate the economic benefits of an energy community investing in small-scale photovoltaics (PVs) when local energy trading is operated amongst the community members. The motivation stems from the open research question on whether a community-operated local energy market can enhance the investment feasibility of behind-the-meter small-scale PVs installed by energy community members. Firstly, a review of the models, mechanisms and concepts required for framing the relevant concepts is conducted, while a clarification of nuances at important terms is attempted. Next, a tool for the investigation of the economic benefits of operating a local energy market in the context of an energy community is developed. We design the local energy market using state-of-the-art formulations, modified according to the requirements of the case study. The model is applied to an energy community that is currently under formation in a Greek municipality. From the various simulations that were conducted, a series of generalizable conclusions are extracted. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy communities; energy collectives; local energy markets; pricing schemes energy communities; energy collectives; local energy markets; pricing schemes
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Chronis, A.-G.; Palaiogiannis, F.; Kouveliotis-Lysikatos, I.; Kotsampopoulos, P.; Hatziargyriou, N. Photovoltaics Enabling Sustainable Energy Communities: Technological Drivers and Emerging Markets. Energies 2021, 14, 1862. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14071862

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Chronis A-G, Palaiogiannis F, Kouveliotis-Lysikatos I, Kotsampopoulos P, Hatziargyriou N. Photovoltaics Enabling Sustainable Energy Communities: Technological Drivers and Emerging Markets. Energies. 2021; 14(7):1862. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14071862

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Chronis, Alexandros-Georgios, Foivos Palaiogiannis, Iasonas Kouveliotis-Lysikatos, Panos Kotsampopoulos, and Nikos Hatziargyriou. 2021. "Photovoltaics Enabling Sustainable Energy Communities: Technological Drivers and Emerging Markets" Energies 14, no. 7: 1862. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14071862

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