The European Union is funding scientific research through the Horizon 2020 program. Since the key priorities for the next few years are to reduce carbon emissions and enhance the efficiency of energy systems, a collection of the most recent research projects can be beneficial for researchers who want to easily access and identify recent innovation in the energy sector. This paper proposes an overview of the studies on distributed energy systems and their efficient management and control with the purpose of reducing energy consumption. The characteristics of the projects are summarized and the relevant expected outputs are described. Moreover, the main features that should be tackled to obtain smart, optimized and digitalized energy systems are presented.
Keywords European research projects, digitalization, smart district heating and cooling network, energy efficiency in buildings, intelligent management and control, optimization