Takeaways from the PEGASUS Microgrids Summer School


A successful two days summer school took place on 30th and 31st of May 2019 in Cagliari, Italy powered by the PEGASUS project and supported by Interreg Mediterranean.

During this 2 days-event, participants explored what prospects microgrids are opening for local/regional energy resource exploitation in support of energy transition. Special attention was given to understanding how microgrids may become active components of integrated grids, optimise the use of local energy resources and enable the zeroing of the carbon footprint of Municipalities and Communities. During the event, the PEGASUS partners leveraged their knowledge from experimenting a simulation of functioning of microgrids in 7 pilot areas: France, Cyprus, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Malta, and Greece

In specific, during day 1 European Academics and Energy Sector experts focused on understanding the concept and identifying the technologies that make it happen. Regulation and innovation schemes and how they boost the microgrid concept were presented while paths on how microgrids and Energy communities can support energy transition were thoroughly explored. Microgrids as active components were analyzed and in specific their architecture, demand response schemes deployment and the emerging technologies that support the concept i.e storage and digitalization. The first day concluded with a vibrant roundtable discussion covering the main barriers that need to be lifted before the microgrid gets mainstream for wider implementation and use. Special focus was given to different business models of actors that can benefit from the microgrid concept. Moreover, the participants re-iterated the catalyst role that microgrids will have in managing high penetrations of RES in support of the energy transition.

Roundtable discussion. From left to right ( Mr. Mikolaj Jasiak-EU, prof. Grigoris Papagiannis- Aristotle Univeristy, Dr. Emilio Ghiani- UniCa, Dr. Christina Papadimitriou-FOSS-moderator)

PEGASUS Partners and key note speakers of the event.

During day 2 of the event, the consortium of the PEGASUS project presented the pilot systems developed and operated through the project and elaborated on the lessons learned that can have notable benefits through replicable solutions at pan European scale. PEGASUS partners concluded the event by presenting the key points of the event and the way to move forward in the promotion of microgrids in support of modern energy systems capable of accommodating high levels of RES penetration.



Download the slides of the sessions

Day 1: Opening  by Ivana Ostoic, Municipality of Preko and Giampiero Cautela, Municipality of Potenza

 Key note speech: How regulation and innovation are reshaping the local electricity systems in the EU
Gianluca Fulli / Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Energy communities in the Clean Energy Package: the concept, the framework, challenges and opportunities
Mikolaj Jasiak / DG. Energy of the European Commission

Microgrid: An active component of the integrated grid
Christina Papadimitriou / Cyprus / FOSS

Microgrid Operation: Demand Response and related flexibilities
Grigoris K. Papagiannis /Greece / Aristotle University

Storage as an enabler in managing local resources
Fran Cidoncha / Spain / ABENGOA

Microgrid architecture for efficient energy communities
Emilio Ghiani / Italy /University of Cagliari

The energy transition with the contribution of microgrids: Round table discussion with the participation of all presenters

Day 2: Microgrid demo session

Potenza pilot: Mauro Minervini (DEMEPA) for Municipality of Potenza, Italy

Mega Evydrio, Greece pilot: Lefteris Giakoumelos, Center for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES), Greece

Podravje Region, Slovenia pilot: Vlasta Kmelj, Podravje Energy Agency (ENERGAP), Slovenia

Saint Julien en Quint, France pilot: Noémie Poize, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Agency, France

Preko, HR pilot: Ivana Ostoic, Municipality of Preko, Croatia

University of Cyprus pilot: Vasilis Mahamid/ Cyprus / FOSS

Malta pilot: Diane Cassar, Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency