The present report focuses on how the improved business models, presented in the report “D3.3 Quantitative analysis of improved BMs of selected aggregators in target countries", increase the competitiveness of renewable generation.
The aim of a life cycle assessment (LCA) for sustainable business models (BMs) is to quantify the created value of a BM in terms of economic, social, environmental and technical indicators. In this study, the life cycle of a business model is interpreted from a business economic point of view. A BM will consecutively go through the stages ‘launch’, ‘growth’, ‘shake-out’ and ‘maturity’ before it either renews or declines. This LCA studies the BM’s development from the launch moment to the maturity stage, conceptualised as a large-scale rollout of each of the BMs in the respective national power system.
The objective of this report is to summarise the results from the implementation activities to formulate a set of best practices and lessons learnt. The patterns that emerge across the individual aggregator results are captured and used to formulate recommendations that can be extended and applied to the wider aggregation sector. These consider both practical and tactical considerations.
In this report, based on quantitative results, we investigate in a qualitative way the value created by the improved business models for the energy system on different levels. For this purpose, we rely on the approach presented by Burger et al. categorizing the value created by aggregation into three types: fundamental, transitory and expedient1 value of aggregation.