About NETfficient

How can we use today’s energy for tomorrow?

In times of a quickly evolving energy market, decentralized, local power supply and the exploitation of renewable energy sources become more important than ever. However, most renewable energy sources are subject to strong fluctuations due to environmental conditions. Using solar, wind or other intermittent renewables, is the challenge that the energy industry is currently facing today. As the share of renewable sources in the energy mix constantly grows, compensation measures are needed to ensure the grid stability and energy availability.

NETfficient is a European project supported by the European Commission. It addresses this challenge and provides an innovative way of using and distributing electric power through a smart electric grid. 13 renowned European partners from research and industry have developed electric storage technologies and an energy management system, allowing the implementation of a smart grid on Borkum Island in the North Sea of Germany.

NETfficient – Storage for life

An innovative approach allows to use locally available renewable energy sources on the island, to store it and distribute it when needed responding the energy demand of local energy consumers. Here, the demand and needs of Borkum’s inhabitants are considered, as well as technological and economical aspects to make this new energy distribution approach to a win-win situation for everybody - producer and user. By focusing on renewable energy sources to feed the energy demand on the island, the NETfficient approach is designed to reduce carbon emissions as well as the dependency on fossil fuels, empowering households, districts and citizens to adopt a sustainable, clean energy supply. With the integration of renewable energies in a smart system of a virtual power plant, NETfficient is a lighthouse project for the ‘energy transition’ in Europe with possible replication in other countries.