The BRIDGE Initiative gathers ongoing H2020 EU funded projects in the field of smart grid and energy storage whose aim is to speak as a single voice towards policy makers when making recommendations to remove barriers to innovation deployment.
Clustered in working groups on data management, business models, regulations and customer engagement, these projects bring together specialised knowledge sets and insights from different perspectives with a common goal: to create a structured view of cross-cutting non-technological issues which are encountered in the demonstration projects and may constitute an obstacle to innovation such as:
• the challenges in understanding and engaging customers, especially in the area of demand response;
• finding safer ways to be more secure, respect data privacy and handle the data of the different stakeholders;
• defining and testing viable business models within the projects and their demonstrators;
• making sure the future regulatory settings under preparation are appropriate for the different services, businesses and solutions that are developed.