PowerMatching City 2015 – Hoogkerk

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Power-Matching 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 micro-CHP), 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 Power-Matcher concept. Technical feasibility of the concept has been successfully proven in the first phase.


The second phase, Power-Matching City II, focuses 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 Power-Matching 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 Power-Matching 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