The overall direction of the SUSTENANCE project is to demonstrate cost-effective, sustainable, and customer-centric solutions for effectively integrating different energy vectors in order to achieve sustainable development of regional communities by meeting their energy needs from the local renewable energy sources and clean technology. This is realized by employing suitable locally available distributed generation including solar PV, biomass and biogas, flexible demand, energy storage technologies, electric mobility and reliable irrigation and clean cooking in energy domains like electricity, heat, transport, waste and water and focusing on attractive citizen centred business models.
Another important focus area of the SUSTENANCE project is to work towards energy autarky, decarbonized energy systems and system resilience in EU enhancing the quality of life, and energy poverty eradication, women and children empowerment, uplifting socio-economic status in rural areas of India and other developing countries by developing a sustainable local carbon neutral energy system for such rural communities.
The SUSTENANCE project will apply a holistic system approach to find efficient, optimal and economical ways for the harmonised operation of heterogeneous energy carriers (electricity, heating, transport, cooking etc.) and infrastructures in local integrated ‘energy islands’ or integrated community energy systems, where citizens can be actively engaged to enable decarbonised energy communities. This is expected to bring benefits to such communities, including enhancement of local economy, reduced exodus to cities, creation of new employment and business, improved air-quality, community empowerment and capacity development to smart solutions and better infrastructures in relation to both energy and transport.