Imagine if we all knew, where our electricity came from, at all times, and were able to choose the green electricity by the hour. That is the vision, we are working for in Project Origin .
That is the vision, we are working for in Project Origin
Energinet has created a prototype, that can prove the origins of electricity by the hour. This creates potentials for Power-to-X, a sustainable profile and new “smart” solutions and services for consumers of energy.
An hourly based solution for the documentation of the origins of electricity
To support an energy consumption, which can realize and make the enormous wind resources at sea along with sun and water on land, useful, we must first be able to prove that the electricity does in fact stem from these sources better than we are able to today.
To be able to document the origins of the electricity on an hourly basis (so that it follows the market settlement) will open new possibilities for being green in the future for consumers – and could be the very foundation for sector coupling (PTX), great scale sea wind and sustainable energy on market terms.
For what good is the green transition really, if we cannot prove, that the electricity we consume, truly is green?
That is why we are working to granulate the origins of electricity.
Our Ambition is to give everyone a greener choice
The demand for sustainability is growing rapidly. Sustainable products and services are in high demand – and the green must be green throughout the value chain. It is to these demands, Project Origin speaks.
The goal of Project Origin is to utilize the possibility of following the electricity from the source of the production to the outlet – hour by hour – so that you may consume with a green conscience.
Simultaneity between production of sustainable energy and consumption of energy – that is the real factor, that would be the foundation for future solutions - such as PtX when the fuel of the future need to be able to document a green production. This for instance when plains, lorries and ships are to sail using e-fuels, which are made from electricity from the grid (power to X). The EU commission is to publish a method of doing exactly that in 2022 – and Project Origins is a proposal for this method.
The dilemma of the current solution
Today, the guarantees of origin are calculated as an annual average in match between consumption and production. This means, that a green guarantee of origin (GO) guarantees that an amount of electricity corresponding to the guarantee bought, will be produced via sustainable sources during the year.
As there is no demand on the production of green energy, to be done simultaneously with the consumption, you can't be sure, that you are in fact consuming the exact green electricity from the guarantee, but merely, that an amount corresponding to your guarantee, will be produced in the relevant year. When there is no wind and no sun, we are in fact still very much dependent on fossil electricity production to supply everyone with electricity.
As such, there is a dilemma in the way we document the origins of electricity through guarantees of origin today. Consumers, who are buying 100 % of their annual consumption of electricity from sustainable sources, are still dependent on fossil fuels in the electricity system. In fact, there is a margin of error on production of sustainable energy of more than 50%, when calculated over a year. When it is calculated on an hourly basis, it is less than 2,5%.
The current Guarantees of Origin (GO´s) are not superfluous, however. They have in fact made sure, that in buying GO’s, you ensure that there will be produced an amount of actually green energy corresponding to your consumption. That still means, that we have that much lessfossilizedproduction in the energy system in the year, it is bought – and every little bit helps.
Now however, we have the opportunity to nuance that image further and thereby give everyone a greener choice, hour by hour.
We tested the prototype with more than 50 external participants
To jump on the beforementioned opportunity, we invited all interested parties (internal and external) to participate in the testing of the prototype of Project origins in 2020.
Our hope was, that we might be able to optimize the prototype to match even more parties, and to show Energinet, what value a solution like this could create for your company and products. The feedback so far has been very promising.
The testperiod was finished in november 2020, and after analyzing the results, the project will move forward with developing and implementing the solution in the danish energy market. Energinet will be opening up this part of the project for interested parties as well.
The prototype is still open and can be tested by anyone with a danish metering point – we would love to hear about it, if you come up with something great 😊
The testing fase is now done and we are analyzing the results
The platform is however still open for individual testing and we are always happy to get more input on what perspectives you see in this solution for you and your company.