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Invitation to participate in the project survey

Title of Research Study: Building a Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Secure, clean and efficient energy by University of Twente

You are being asked to participate in a research project that will survey you about your economic and political attitudes towards local, clean, and secure energy. The goal of this project is to understand people’s energy use and their attitude towards sustainable and green energy transitions. The results of the survey will be used for internal and external reports as well as a scholarly publications. All survey respondents will remain anonymous and will not be personally identifiable. This project is funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020. You will first report on your demographic information, then the questions will focus on your energy use and related concerns.

The survey has 65 questions and takes about 20 minutes. It is available in 4 languages!
To participate in this study, you must also meet the following criteria:
1. You are 18 years old or older.
2. You have not taken this survey before.
3. You have agreed to participate in this survey by clicking to the beginning.

What are the potential risks and benefits of participation?
There are no risks associated with participation in this study. There are no direct benefits associated with participation in this study. What about privacy and confidentiality? Because we do not ask for your name or other information that might uniquely identify you, the responses you provide can never be traced specifically to you. You will be identifiable using an anonymous ID number, not your personally identifiable information such as names and addresses.

Voluntary participation and withdrawal
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you agree to be in the study, you may stop at any time. You may stop by exiting this web page or by simply closing your web browser. You may also skip any questions you do not want to answer.

Who should I contact if I have questions?
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the researchers: Frans Coenen ( If you have any questions about your rights as a human subject in this research, you may also contact Frans Coenen. By clicking to the beginning of the survey you are agreeing to participate in this survey.




Source: Aalborg Univeristy, April 2023.

We would like to invite you to watch below video prepared by Aalborg University (AAU), where prof. Birgitte Bak-Jensen, coordinator of SUSTENANCE H2020 project, together with Henrik L. Stærmose, CEO in Neogrid Technologies ApS and prof. Pavani Ponnaganti from AAU talk about the research in collaboration with industry in the field of flexible and efficient energy consumption.
The AAU researchers test new control technology and simulation models that interact with the power grid at the demonstration sites in the Municipality of Skanderborg in collaboration with Neogrid Technologies ApS.



SUSTENANCE participated in the #bridgeEU General Assembly, in March 2023

Photo: CINEA, 2023.

The Bridge initiative stimulates cooperation between H2020 project’s working on smart grids, energy storage, islands and digitalisation. The idea is to identify synergies between these different projects by fostering continuous knowledge sharing to make conclusions and recommendations about the future exploitation of project results. A high focus is placed on enabling the future energy system to gain flexibility in sector coupled systems and the future digitalization and application of energy storage in different forms – i.e. power to X, thermal storage and electrical storage.

SUSTENANCE representatives have already participated two times in the Bridge General Assembly meetings, while the latter one, held in March 2023, was for the first time held both online and onsite.

Ewa Domke from Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery Polish Academy of Sciences, who is SUSTENANCE represenatative with respect to Consumer and Citizen Engagement Work Group, together with Hans Bjerregaards from Bjerregaards Consulting, who coordinates the whole SUSTANANCE Bridge Team with respect to the participation in the overall Bridge initiative, participated in the onsite meetings in Brussels in 2023. Other Partners joined thematic sessions online.


SUSTENANCE at the 1st Polish-Ukrainian Local Administration Forum

It gives us pleasure to inform that the representatives of 21 local self-governors from Ukraine visited Poland to participate in the 1st Polish-Ukrainian Local Administration Forum held on 21-24 of March 2023. On Friday, 24th of March, the Ukrainian representatives visited the KEZO Research Centre PAS of the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery Polish Academy of Sciences (IMP PAN), which is located in Jabłonna.

The 1st Polish-Ukrainian Local Administration Forum was organised by the city and municipality of Serock, the Association of the Social Committee for Assistance to the City and Municipality of Serock, the organisation “Serockie Inwestycje Samorządowe”, the Center for Development of local administration and the Polish-Ukrainian Agrarian Association.

Fig. 1 Site visit at the KEZO Research Centre.

During the site visit of the Ukrainian delegation at the KEZO Research Centre on 24 March 2023, Paweł Zawadzki gave guests a tour around the KEZO facilities (Fig.1), whereas Weronika Radziszewska talked about the undergoing european and international projects, in which IMP PAN and its KEZO Research Centre PAS are actively participating, including (among others) the SUSTENANCE H2020 project (Fig.2).

The Ukrainian delegation was interested in the potential to use the presented technologies and solutions in their municipalities as a part of rebuilding of the infrastructure.


Fig. 2 Weronika Radziszewska presenting SUSTENANCE project.

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Photos: Jorg Verstraete, KEZO Research Centre.

Meeting with citizens in Voerladegård, in the Municipality of Skanderborg in March 2023

Nearly all of the hosts from the Danish demonstration site in SUSTENANCE, located in Voerladegård village in the Skanderborg Municipality, participated in the status meeting held on 16th March’23.

The aim of this meeting was to inform involved citizens about the status quo of the implementation of heat pumps, related supervision and control unit, and importantly – to get direct inputs from this local community.

Presentations were made by representatives from Aalborg University (Fig.1), Neogrid Technologies ApS (Fig.2) as well as the Municipality of Skanderborg. A lot of questions were raised both related to the actual set up of the heat pumps and control equipment, but also with respect to the app set up for supervision of the actual status of the parameters to be measured in the houses. As a result, it was agreed that another workshop will be much needed to present the app as soon as the majority of citizens (i.e. hosts of the demo) has got the equipment.

Last but not least, the Municipality of Skanderborg also informed about new initiatives in Voerladegaard concerning working groups on district heating and Termo nets.

Such meetings are very important to keep up the good cooperation between SUSTENANCE’s partners and the hosts of the Danish demonstrator.

Thank you all for good discussions!

Fig. 1 Prof. Birgitte Bak-Jensen (project leader from the Aalborg University) presents the obligations of Aalborg University within the project.

Fig. 2 Morten veis Donnerup (Neogrid Technologies Aps) presents the status of the set-up of heat-pumps and implementation of control unit.

Fig. 3 Rikke (master student in Techno Anthropology) present ideas for upcoming survey about user interaction and expectations for the app development.


AAU Energy has just released a video, where prof. Birgitte-Bak Jensen presents shortly SUSTENANCE H2020 project.

„LOCAL COMMUNITIES CAN BE SELF-SUFFICIENT WITH GREEN ENERGY if it’s possible to manage the consumption according to how much renewable energy is avaible. Birgitte Bak-Jensen from AAU Energy is a project leader of SUSTENANCE H2020 project, which will test various solutions with decentralized energy from solar and wind in villages in India, Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands. Even though energy is used very differently in Denmark and India, exchange of experiences with management of the local energy system is extremely useful, says the professor from Aalborg Universitet”.

Source: AAU LinkedIn profile 

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SUSTENANCE at #SPPMeetupBrussels2023

Dr Weronika Radziszewska from KEZO Research Centre PAS|Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery Polish Academy of Sciences (IMP PAN) participated in the “SCIENCE: POLISH PERSPECTIVES Meetup Brussels” event, held on the 9th-10th of March 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. Dr Radziszewska took this splendid opportunity to present SUSTENANCE during this exceptional networking event. “SCIENCE: POLISH PERSPECTIVES Meetup Brussels” is a joint initiative of the Polonium Foundation, Polish Science Contact Agency “PolSCA” of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Brussels, the Office of Centre of Research and Development in Brussels – Business & Science Poland and the Embassy of Poland in Brussels.

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SUSTENANCE at Enex Fair and ENERGIAPL Conference 2023 in Kielce, Poland

SUSTENANCE was present at the 25th International Power Industry and Renewable Sources of Energy Fair ENEX held on 8-9 March 2023 in Targi Kielce in Poland.
Not only was SUSTENANCE promo video displayed at STAY-ON’s Stand (E-20) at the ENEX Fair (Fig. 1)., but most interestingly it was possible to meet Pawel Grabowski, President and CEO at Grupa STAY-ON there, and discuss with him about energy management systems and energy storage solutions under development in the polish demonstrator of SUSTENANCE H2020 project.

Furthermore, the works carried out under SUSTENANCE were also disseminated during the 5th edition of the “ENERGIAPL Conference”, which is an event associated with the ENEX Fairs. Patryk Chaja from the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery Polish Academy of Sciences (IMP PAN)|KEZO Research Centre, gave a dedicated presentation about SUSTENANCE project and particularly its Polish demonstrator located in the Mickiewicza Housing Association in Sopot in Poland. (Topic of presentation: „A vision of an energy community on the example of an association of the multi-family buildings – SUSTENANCE project”; In Polish: Wizja wspólnoty energetycznej na przykładzie osiedla budynków wielorodzinnych – projekt SUSTENANCE”.

„The 25th Enex turned out to be record-breaking in many respects. 248 companies from 15 countries presented their offers at Targi Kielce. The Kielce exhibition and congress centre hosted 22,000 visitors. The exhibitors showcased and presented the latest energy-saving and ecological technologies for renewable energy sources’ sector. The Exhibitors brought together for the power industry meeting offered a plethora of modern heating and ventilation systems, the latest photovoltaic and energy storage solutions, schemes designed to improve energy efficiency, and even hydrogen technologies.”

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Fig. 1 SUSTENANCE project video display at the STAY-ON’s Stand (E-20) at the ENEX Fair.

Fig. 2 Patryk Chaja from IMP PAN/KEZO Research Centre presenting SUSTENANCE during the 5th edition of the “ENERGIAPL Conference”.

SUSTENANCE at #ISUW2023 in New Delhi

This year’s 9th edition of „International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Energy and Smart Mobility” (on the contrary to the last year’s online-only edition) was held entirely onsite in New Delhi, India between 28th of Feb and 4th of March 2023.

It is with pleasure we can inform that Prof. Zakir Hussain Rather, from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, participated in this excellent event with a presentation focused on SUSTENANCE, which he gave during the “12th EU-India Smart Grid Workshop”, at the session entitled: “EU – India Smart Grid Demonstration Projects” at #ISUW2023. In his speech he briefed works carried out by SUSTENANCE partners from Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland as well as India with respect to actions taken at local demo sites, which are aimed at development of integrated, sustainable energy systems dedicated for local communities.


Fig.1 Prof. Zakir Hussain Rather (first from the right side) at the “12th EU-India Smart Grid Workshop” at #ISUW2023, 2nd of March 2023 [Source: @India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) at Linkedin]

SUSTENANCE is already now looking forward to the next year’s edition of this exceptional networking opportunity!
More information about this year’s conference and exhibition, including pictures as well as videos from thematic sessions, will be available soon at the event website:


ABOUT INDIA SMART UTILITY WEEK (ISUW): „India is spearheading an ambitious mission on energy transition and is the only major economies that exceeded the targets under the Paris Agreement by end of 2020. India has now set a new target of 500 GW of renewable energy by 2030; and working on innovative policies and programs for holistic transformation to decarbonize the energy, transport, manufacturing and other sectors.
Since inception in 2011, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) has been spearheading the movement towards digitalization of utilities in India. Highly disruptive black swan events like Covid-19 presented never before opportunities for innovation and transformation with profound implications in the long term. In the aftermath of Covid-19, digital platforms have become the coveted assets for utilities in their business continuity and resiliency. Government of India has launched a new program that mandates smart meters for all the 250 million+ electricity customers in the country. This is going to create data driven smart utilities which will open up new business opportunities for organizations providing tools and services to host and manage the humungous amounts of data utilities are expected to generate in the near future. Utilities in India have embarked on the digitalization drive and embracing emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Robotics, Blockchain etc.
ISGF has been organising its flagship annual event, India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) since 2015 and it is considered as one of the top five international events on Smart Grids, Electric Mobility and Smart Cities. All the previous editions of ISUW (initially known as India Smart Grid Week – ISGW) were huge success that attracted the attention and participation of the whose-who amongst top-notch thinkers and utility leaders from around the globe. Technology Companies, Regulators, Policy Makers, Government Officials and Senior Officials from Electricity, Water and Gas Utilities from 50+ countries participated every year in the past editions of ISUW. Due to COVID-19, ISUW 2021 and ISUW 2022 were conducted on a 3D virtual platform. ISUW 2021 was attended by over 2700 delegates and addressed by 457 Speakers from 49 Countries. ISUW 2022 was attended by over 2744 delegates and addressed by 396 Speakers from 61 Countries.”


Polish and Dutch partners met in KEZO Research Centre in Poland on the 26th of January 2023

It gives us pleasure to report that researchers from University of Twente has just visited KEZO Research Centre to meet with teams from IMP PAN and STAY-ON to discuss the common research tasks and the publication plan.
The main discussion was focussed around the electromobility, which is a key element in the Polish demonstrator. The research group of Gerwin Hoogsteen from UT has recently developed a working charging scheduler on the campus of University of Twente, and this experience could be partly implemented in other places. The discussion was mainly focussed on works in WP6 and WP7.

Keep up the good work!

Fig. UT’s, STAY-ON’s and IMP PAN’s teams meeting in KEZO Research Centre in January 2023.

SUSTENANCE at the TechConnect event at IITB, Bombay campus in India in December 2022

We are happy to inform that one of ca. 90 exhibition booths at the TechConnect event, held between 16th and 18th of December at the campus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB, Bombay), was devoted to communication and dissemination of SUSTENANCE.
Visitors could get familiar with all of the 6 project demonstrators in SUSTENANCE project (invluding 3 from India) by means of promotional materials such as project posters or leaflets, as well as could watch project videos, informing about the project demonstrators from Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland. Last but not least, it was a splendid possibiity to discuss onsite with partners directly involved in realization of SUSTENANCE from Indian side.

„TechConnect is IIT Bombay’s largest research outreach activity inspiring, influencing, and kindling the scientific temperament of children, students and adults of all ages alike. Conducted as a part of Techfest, this exhibition showcases the Institute’s R&D achievements in reaching out to critical societal needs and industry requirements, as well as contributions to basic research”.


The SUSTENANCE project booth at the TechConnect [Photos by IITB]:

SUSTENANCE Joint Project Review & Consortium/General Assembly Meeting was held in the Netherlands in November’22

SUSTENANCE project partners met to present and discuss progress and/or the challenges related to the realisation of the work packages on 23rd & 24th of November 2022 in Enschede. The majority participated in person, while some were online – especially our project partners from India. These were two intensive days packed with the Consortium Meeting, a Lab Tour, the General Assembly, and importantly the Review Meeting. This covered the first 14 months of the project and partners provided their reports to the representative from CINEA – European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency.
The presentations on the four demonstration sites were initiated by the recently finalised videos. These provide informative overviews of the particular goals behind each of the demonstrator countries in the EU, and were finalised with constructive discussions on how to best move forward.

Thank you SUSTENANCE Dutch Partners for such a splendid organisation of this important project gathering!


Article introducing SUSTENANCE in the latest Innovation Platform

It gives us pleasure to inform that SUSTENANCE project has been just introduced in latest “The Innovation Platform”, Issue 11, September 2022 by Innovation News Network, within an article entitled “Future local communities will supply their own green, renewable energy”, where prof. Birgitte Bak-Jensen from AAU Energy, DK – project coordinator of SUSTENANCE as well as SERENE (H2020 projects) “(…) outlines how EU projects help to establish local energy communities, ensuring carbon neutrality by intelligently controlling the local production and usage of green energy (…)”

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As we can read on the conference website, „GSESRE2022 aims to bring together the renowned researchers, scientists and scholars to exchange ideas, to present sophisticated research works and to discuss hot topics in the field and share their experiences on all aspects of Sustainable and Renewable Energy”.
Hense, it gives us pleasure to report that prof. Birgitte Bak-Jensen, SUSTENANCE project coordinator, who was also among the Key Note Speakers during this excellent event, took this opportunity to introduce SUSTENANCE, next to the other international project, which is also coordinated by AAU, DK, namely SERENE.


SUSTENANCE at the 2022 BRIDGE General Assembly

It gives us pleasure to inform that SUSTENANCE representatives participated in the 2022 BRIDGE General Assembly held in March 2022.

The BRIDGE Initiative has 4 working groups and each of them was followed by a rep from SUSTENANCE H2020 project during last week meetings.

The project’s representatives felt that not only will SUSTENANCE H2020 project greatly benefit from participating, but that they will also be able to make positive contributions to the different Working Groups.
Looking forward to this cooperation and also contribution with our findings!


ISGF (India Smart Grid Forum) has been organising its flagship annual event, India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) since 2015 and it is considered as one of the top five international events on Smart Grids, Electric Mobility and Smart Cities.
The 8th edition of ISGF’s flagship annual event, the India Smart Utility Week (further SUW 2022) , an International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Energy and Smart Mobility was held from 02 – 04 March 2022 on a 3D Virtual Platform. ISUW 2022 has witnessed participation of Visionary Leaders, Utility CEOs, Regulators, Policy Makers and Subject Matter Experts from 61 Countries. From the overwhelming feedbacks received by the organizers, we learned that ISUW 2022 was an outstanding success attended by 2744 Delegates including 740 Utility Officials from India and Overseas and 396 eminent Speakers shared their knowledge and ideas.
Therefore, it gives us immense pleasure to inform you that prof. Birgitte Bak-Jensen, project coordinator, was among the speakers and introduced the SUSTENANCE project during the “11th EU – INDIA SMART GRID WORKSHOP” (Fig. 1). SUSTENANCE was additionally presented in the so-called EU Zone Booth with the dedicated project stand (Fig. 2) To see the posters presented at the stand please click here.


Fig. 1 Birgitte Bak Jensen introducing SUSTENANCE during ISUW 2022.

Fig. 2 SUSTENANCE stand in the EU Zone Booth at ISUW 2022.To find out more about this exceptional event, we highly recommend you visit and you will find plenty of post-event materials there.
SUSTENANCE is already now looking forward to the 9th edition planned for March 2023!