During this first year, the whole consortium has been fulfilling the main initial steps making possible the implementation of the project.
Fine-tuning the technical solution
The FLEXCoop partners have clarified most aspects related to the context, going through end-users and business requirements; regulatory and market contexts, both at national (ES and NL) and EU levels, and assessing emerging business models. We have also explored the more technical environment by going through interoperability standards and data models in place for Demand Response services; as well as existing performance verification and measurement methodologies. Finally, FLEXCoop partners have set up models of Decentralised Energy Resources devices (divided into demand, generation and storage) and associated forecasting algorithms and defined a Framework Architecture for FLEXCoop, including functional, technical and communication specifications.
Involving pilot users
Now that an early version of FLEXCoop is available, the purpose is to test it in a real-life environment. The pilot phase will take place in two steps.
- Three staff persons from ODE Decentraal and Som Energia are acting as “friendly users” who will be installing the Smart Box by the end of November and will provide feedback to fine-tine the solution.
- Once complete, the first version of the FLEXCoop solution will then be deployed to 17 additional households, selected among the two cooperative members.
The installation should take place in April next year. The process will be performed by the cooperatives with the support of the technical partners.