PowerMatching City II

PowerMatching City II

A living lab smart grid demonstration

PowerMatching City is the leading Dutch smart grid project. Started in 2007 as part of the EU-funded INTEGRAL program, the project developed, built and demonstrated an integrated smart grid solution in Hoogkerk (near the city of Groningen). In this first phase, 25 households were equipped with a mix of decentralized energy sources (PV and microCHP), hybrid heat pumps, smart appliances, smart meters and electric transport. Wind energy is supplied via a wind park called Kreileroord. Stabilization and optimization of the network is realized by trading energy on a local market based on a real-time price signal using the PowerMatcher concept. Technical feasibility of the concept has been successfully proven in the first phase.


The second phase, PowerMatching City II, focusses on the development and demonstration of business models for new services. New propositions have been developed and are offered to the end-user, based on real-time pricing. The market model of PowerMatching City can be integrated into regular energy market processes like allocation, reconciliation and billing. Capacity management and control of a distribution station are demonstrated by scaling up the living lab environment to 40 households, with an extension of the number of households in a single street. The business case of the smart grid solutions will be validated based on the outcome of PowerMatching City II.

In addition, an open innovation platform is created, allowing third parties to test and demonstrate their innovative technologies and smart grid solutions in a real-life demonstration environment, thereby accelerating the innovation process.

Project coordinator

  • DNV GL, the Netherlands

Project partners

  • ICT Automatisering, the Netherlands

  • Enexis, the Netherlands

  • Essent, the Netherlands

  • TNO, the Netherlands

  • Gasunie, the Netherlands

  • Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

  • Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

  • Groningen University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Project details

  • Subsidy: IPIN – Dutch government

  • Duration: September 2011 – September 2014