Research Goals

Making smart use of complementary potentials can contribute to viable RES pathways in line with EU climate and energy goals. The RES-TMO project responds to this need by developing concepts and implementation tools to mobilize regional potentials, with the involvement of key energy stakeholders in the TMO. As research on decarbonizing energy systems in border regions such as the TMO is still scarce, findings from this project can serve as a blueprint for other European border regions.

The main project goal is to examine on several dimensions the possible synergies resulting from complementary generation, demand and storage capacities as well as cross-border energy initiatives in the tri-national TMO, with a view to making policy recommendations for using such cross-border potentials to accelerate the energy transition. The legal and regulatory, political and sociocultural framework conditions as well as the economic feasibility of an integrated RES-based energy system using cross-border potentials are investigated. On the basis of the analyses, a roadmap is developed together with key energy stakeholders in the TMO. The roadmap will consist of concepts, scenarios, tools and policy recommendations for an optimal use of complementary potentials and cross-border integration of RES in the TMO.

The five complementary building blocks of the project are:

  • Analysis of renewable energy generation, geological energy storage and transmission potentials, taking into account the different technologies available.
  • Modelling the TMO as transnational electricity trading zone and developing scenarios for optimized RES-based power generation and grid infrastructure, taking into account sector coupling.
  • Analysis of the sociocultural, regulatory and economic framework and incentive structures that would enable an integrated RES-based energy system and market in the TMO.
  • Analysis of data security in smart grids and development of cybersecurity solutions.
  • Conducting a series of stakeholder workshops, with a view to integrating stakeholder perspectives into the model-based scenarios and further project results