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European PROSEU project invites you to participate in its upcoming business model workshop hosted by eco-union

Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Venue: Can Jaumandreu, Perú, 52, 08018 Barcelona

Prosumers are active energy users who both produce and consume energy from renewable sources (RE). Prosumers may be the key players in a distributed and increasingly democratized energy future. The growth of RES Prosumerism all over Europe therefore challenges current energy market structures and institutions.

Key to this transition will be emerging ‘prosumer business models’. Initial work in the Prosumers in the energy union project (PROSEU) in Germany and the UK has identified at least 7 such business models. Including: microgrids, local energy companies, virtual power plants, aggregators, energy service companies and transport prosumers.

In this workshop we will explore how prosumer business models have worked across the EU, what new business models are proposed/being experimented with, what barriers there are to wider adoption, and what effects wider adoption might have. This workshop will use a business model archetype method to describe which prosumer business models currently exist in Spain and may exist in the near future. The aim will be to explore how new prosumer business models might present a route to market for prosumers in Spain.


Aim of the working session

  • To learn more about business models currently being used or tested in Europe which can help Spanish initiatives and businesses focussed on the collective production and self-consumption of renewable energy sources (RES)
  • To co-create new business models
  • Understand how to take advantage of this knowledge to take advantage of opportunities

Who can benefit

This workshop is aimed at prosumer organizations like energy cooperatives or energy communities, as well as regulators, policymakers, entrepreneurs, utility companies, other research and innovation projects and NGOs in the energy sector.

Session 1: Co-creating Business Prosumer business models in Spain

9:30-10:10 – Summary PROSEU business models & presenting EU archetypes

PROSEU project summary, introduce business model archetype concept and present EU examples. Present basic prosumer archetypes and explain task of generating new business model diagrams, with questions.

10:10-11:30 – Business model generation

Business model generation: participants work ‘hands on’ with system diagram materials in groups of 2-5 (attendance dependent) to characterise current and nascent business models in host nation.


Session 2: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities

11:45-13:00 – Challenges and Opportunities

Each group moves their ‘archetype’ through a series of themes to interrogate barriers to adoption, possible revenues, effects on the wider system, etc.

Session 3: Ways of Implementation

14:00-15:30 – New service offerings / business model for energy suppliers (comercializadoras) – Shared energy among neighbours (same building)

  • Development a potential business models for energy suppliers and building communities, including definition of the process, value flows, etc.

15:30-16:30 – New service offerings / business model for energy suppliers (comercializadoras) – Shared energy from municipal rooftop or small hydro plant

  • Development a potential business models for energy suppliers and project developers, including definition of the process, value flows, etc.
  • Using experience / example of KISAR project in Navarra (Puente la Reina)

16:30-17:00 – Conclusions and next steps

  • What are open questions that need to be solved by policy makers and regulators?
  • What can Som Energia and other stakeholders do to get prepared?
  • What are potential tasks for PROSEU?

About PROSEU – Prosumers for the Energy Union

PROSEU is an EU-funded research project under the Horizon 2020 programme, bringing together eleven project partners from seven European countries (Universities, research institutes and consultancies, non-governmental and non-profit organizations). It aims to enable the mainstreaming of the RE Prosumer phenomenon into the European Energy Union.


Can Jaumandreu, Perú, 52, 08018 Barcelona. Close to subway/train station El Clot-Aragó.