In a joint effort to pilot North-West Europe towards a low-carbon energy future, nine project partners have teamed up to develop a standardised model for renewables-based decentral hybrid energy systems (DHES) in the project “Low Carbon Off-Grid Communities (LOGiC)”.

LOGiC focuses on ‘energy remoteness’. An area is considered ‘energy remote’ if it is not connected to the main energy infrastructure. LOGiC addresses this problem with decentral hybrid energy systems combining different types of renewables, such as tidal, wind and solar PV with each other as well as with battery storage. As wind, solar, tidal are intermittent by nature and cannot guarantee security of supply in a single source approach, a hybrid model is used.

Such a model will enable cheaper, cleaner and more reliable electricity for local communities, while empowering them to influence their local energy mix.

Together with partners OGTC developed a model and tools to design Decentral Hybrid Energy Systems. One of the tools is the energy awareness tool. This tool helps communities to easily and intuitively understand their energyload. The other tool is the location assessment tool. With this tool a community can get a first idea of an off grid system.

LOGiC is made possible by Interreg. Interreg helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. By creating an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions, Interreg aims to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and place.