Development of innovative self-consumption and aggregation concepts for PV Prosumers

Europe´s electricity sector is in the midst of major transformation moving from public monopolies into competitive private companies in liberalized markets. Due to its cost and growth perspective, photovoltaics (PV) will be a key driver of this development throughout Europe because PV has reached a level of competitiveness that allows moving to self-consumption schemes in many European countries and eventually to peer-to-peer selling of the self-produced energy.

Such a “prosumption” role empowers consumers to participate actively in the electricity market by producing energy themselves. Additionally, technical developments such as battery systems or smart meters, and advanced business models promoting self-consumption change the technical design of the electricity systems. The success of these developments depends, however, on the regulatory and administrative framework in terms of energy policy and regulation, grid financing, taxation and legal relationships amongst the involved entities and it requires innovative solutions coupled with suitable business and management models to achieve sustainable system integration. Consequently, with the rapid growth of the share of electricity produced by variable renewable sources, especially by PV, innovative business and management concepts for private and commercial prosumers are a key element to facilitate PV market and system integration.

The main objective of the PV-Prosumers4Grid project is the improvement and replicability of such innovative business and management concepts for PV prosumers considering technical and economic grid issues. With a strong involvement of all relevant key stakeholders for self-consumption, with an effective validation of the business and management concepts and with tailor-made recommendations derived on national and European level, this project shall positively influence the overall regulatory and market conditions in the longer-term.

Following on from the successful EU projects PV LEGAL, PV GRID and PV FINANCING, eclareon has also played a key role in the development of this project. The project results include, for example, an online tool for the calculation of the profitability of planned projects and practical project development guidelines, which has been adapted to PV prosumer applications. The business consulting team contributes significantly to their creation. eclareon will also work out which political framework conditions are required for the application of new PV prosumer concepts and which barriers are currently hampering its expansion. This analysis is coordinated by the policy consulting team.


 Client / Financing:

  • EU Kommission, Horizon 2020 Forschungsrahmenprogramm

Project partners:

  • Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft 
  • European Renewable Energies Federation
  • TU Wien – Energy Economics Group
  • Ambiente Italia
  • Associação Portuguesa de Empresas do Sector Fotovoltaico
  • Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia
  • Becquerel Institute – ICARES Consulting
  • Unión Española Fotovoltaica
  • Fronius International
  • Universiteit Utrecht




Business Consulting
Business Modelling & Financing
01.10.2017 - 31.03.2020


Ulf Lohse

Ulf Lohse


ul [at] eclareon.com

+49 30 88 66 74 081