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FLEXCoop Newsletter #3 - November 2019
Demand Response for Energy Cooperatives
 

FLEXCoop is a European project enabling energy cooperatives to experiment Demand Response tools and discover new business models.

Editorial

Dear readers, curious, friends of energy cooperatives or flexibility enthusiasts, 

Our project has made quite some important progress these past months. Here is a quick overview of the main news you will find in this issue.

Our Spanish and Dutch pilot sites have defined their business case based on their national context and on their own situation as cooperatives (see "The tools to achieve the energy transition"). Most modules are now operational, for example the Local Demand Manager (LDEM) is now ready to calculate the possibility for home devices to answer to external request without inhabitant even notifying ("FLEXCoop delivers local DR optimisation at consumers’ level"). We have also defined our evaluation framework, defining the set of goals to  be achieved now we know which cooperative cases we want to implement ("FLEXCoop, how do we know if it works?") and established a first complete Common Information Model ensuring the full interoperability of our various modules ("Common Information Model, a standardisation of the information exchange ..."). 

On a final note, FLEXCoop will be present in the European Utility Week,12-14 November in Paris. Come and visit us in the EU Project Zone at the  booth M70.j2.

 

In this newsletter

The tools to achieve the energy transition

The Clean Energy Package concluded in spring 2019 has been a strong step within the European energy transition for which the legislator introduced two new concepts: the aggregator and the energy community. These concepts are meant to leverage the progress of ICT in order to introduce renewable energy resources to the European energy market, but also to allow European citizens to be more active in the energy transition.

The FLEXCoop project builds on these two novelties to propose a unique solution aiming at making a difference in the great energy challenge ahead.

These concepts are meant to leverage the progress of ICT in order to introduce renewable energy resources to the European energy market, but also to allow European citizens to be more active in the energy transition. The FLEXCoop project builds on these two novelties to propose a unique solution aiming at making a difference in the great energy challenge ahead.

Read the full article in the Smart Energy Journal →

FLEXCoop delivers local DR optimisation at consumers’ level

Some insights on how devices are being controlled in our end-users' houses

Energy flexibility and demand-side response are essential for the European Union to fulfil its energy transition. FLEXCoop works on how to enable the smallest but most numerous consumers in the system, the residential users, to contribute to system’s flexibility. The Local Demand Manager (LDEM) is a key component enabling houses devices to respond to aggregators request while preserving the comfort of the inhabitants.

FLEXCoop local optimization strategies for consumers

FLEXCoop establishes an algorithmic framework to support optimised decision making for the dispatch of Explicit Demand Response (DR). These signals are personalised and based on consumers’ identified flexibility and response capability, preserving occupants’ comfort and daily schedules. Flexible residential devices (i.e. HVAC, lighting, DHW, EVs) are associated with different services based on their suitability-for-service (DR capacity, response time and duration of response).

Read the full article  →

FLEXCoop, how do we know if it works?

FLEXCoop is a Smart Grid project using Big Data analytics in a complex environment. A clear evaluation methodology is a key for success.

The “FLEXCoop Evaluation Framework and Respective Validation Scenarios” intends to carefully assess the services of FLEXCoop and their performances. This work describes the evaluation methodology by defining specific validation pilot, associating them to suitable key performance indicators (KPIs) which can address specifications of each of our 2 pilot cases (in Spain and In Netherlands). It finally identifies a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) framework to assess the results.

Different approaches for cooperative aggregators in Spain and in the Netherlands

The validation activities, through KPIs and CBA, are based on the context and needs of the two pilot cooperatives where FLEXCoop is being implemented in the Netherlands and in Spain. These two use cases have different objectives depending on the possibilities offered by existing electricity market regulation in these two countries.

Read the full article  →

Common Information Model, a standardisation of the information exchange inside a multi-component development

The FLEXCoop solution, as many for many Smart Grid demonstration project, is composed of a group of heterogeneous modules and devices developed by different companies and research centres. Defining a common architecture enabling all components to be fully integrated is key to achieve an interoperable solution. The Common Information Model is a tool addressing this challenge.

Standardising communications is critical

FLEXCoop components are integrated to create an end-to-end architecture from the sensor devices installed in the dwellings, to the visualisation interfaces for the prosumers and market agents, hosted in the cloud or central systems. The variety of functionalities in the modules and the necessity of information of each one makes mandatory to address the standardisation and interoperability issues of the ICT, monitoring and control interaction of the project. In this sense, the definition of a common data model to ensure the understanding between the architecture modules and agents becomes a critical first step.


Read the full article  →

Keep in touch with us

The next newsletter will be issued around September this year. You can still keep an eye on our website with our deliverables in the weeks to come, and on our Twitter account to get regular updates on the project and news on energy cooperatives and smart grid services.

You can contact our FLEXCoop Communication Manager by writing an email to: roland.tual@rescoop.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 773 909
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