Welcome to NETfficient

The project NETfficient ran from January 2015 to December 2018. It has deployed and demonstrated local energy storage technologies and developed smart technologies to exploit the synergies between energy storage, the smart grid and the citizens.
Such tools include an energy management system which allows the integration of renewable energy generation, forecasting and storage into a smart grid.


Netfficient will demonstrate the feasibility of local small scale storage technologies covering low voltage and medium voltage scenarios and a wide range of applications and functionalities. The following storage technologies have been integrated:

  • Ultracapacitors
  • Li-ion Batteries
  • Second Life Electric Vehicle Batteries
  • Hydrogen Storage
  • • Hybrid energy storage systems (HESS) encompassing Li-ion batteries and Ultracapacitors


In various use cases, for homes, larger buildings, public lighting and others, the project demonstrated the application in the real environment.
This was followed by the identification of viable business models and propositions for changes in regulations, thereby reducing the barriers for deployment and increasing societal acceptance.

The project’s energy storage technologies and management systems were implemented and demonstrated on the German island of Borkum in the North Sea with direct involvement of citizens.

"Further dissemination and exploitation activities will ensure that these results drive the energy market for uptake of storage technologies. The project will also achieve major environmental impacts, like the reduction of carbon emissions the EU dependency of fossil fuels." Olaf Look, Grid Manager and Supervisor at Wirtschaftsbetriebe der Stadt NSHB Borkum GmbH

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As this website will be constantly updated over the whole project duration, we kindly invite you to regularly visit this portal to get informed about the latest news, e.g. events, newsletters or further publications brought out by the project.

We hope you will find interesting information about our activities and commitment. Do not hesitate to contact us directly if you want any further information!

Start of the project: January 2015
Project Duration: 48 months

Netfficient is co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Project No. 646463.
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