New approaches to pilots and experimentation for large-scale implementation

Key takeaways

  • Pilot projects can be useful for testing and de-risking early-stage digital energy solutions in emerging markets. They reduce subsequent costs and time while providing valuable evidence and insights. The involvement and innovation of non-traditional actors in regulatory aspects also support successful outcomes.
  • Strengthening international collaboration and knowledge sharing is crucial for developing common practices and standards. Collaborative projects can accelerate urban energy transitions at a lower cost, providing evidence for the value of digital solutions.
  • The 3DEN/UNEP pilot projects in India, Morocco, Brazil and Colombia showcase the benefits of advanced digital technologies. They aim to improve energy management, enhance affordability and manage grid flexibility, with quantifiable outcomes like energy savings and CO2 emission reductions.