• FLEXCoop solution

    A tool suite for cooperative and prosumers to aggregate and sell flexibility

    A tool for aggregators

     

    The FLEXCoop solution will enable Energy Cooperatives/ Aggregators to

      • Accurately forecast Demand Response potential and demand flexibility of prosumers
      • Continuously monitor the evolution of Demand Response (DR) events and signals and revise pre-defined strategy through an open and semantically enhanced DER registry.
      • Negotiate with individual Decentralised Energy Resources (DER) owners on the terms (frequency, duration, capacity) of flexibility activation.
      • Ensure objective DR settlement and prosumer remuneration based on a properly adapted Performance Measurement and Verification methodology.
      • Ultimately, optimize cooperative-operated microgrids and DER portfolios using appropriate optimization algorithms embedded in the FLEXCoop Global Demand Manager.

        A tool for prosumers

        The FLEXCoop solution will enable Prosumers to

        • Increase their awareness and knowledge of their consumption patterns
        • Increase their local intelligence via the Energy Management and Control Decision Support framework that locally optimises demand response.
        • Optimise self-consumption by leveraging cost-effective storage solutions.
        • Obtain the best energy deal through access to suitable open infrastructures (i) FLEXCoop Decentralised Energy Resources Registry (ii) FLEXCoop open and transparent marketplace

        A smart solution based on 'Big Data'

        FLEXCoop will establish an “open” big data management framework.

        To achieve this, the project will develop an innovative suite of tools, services and applications based on end-to-end interoperability between energy networks, building energy management systems and end-consumer devices towards establishing an “open” big data management framework.

         

        Thus FLEXCoop will deliver, the FLEXCoop Open Smart Box (OSB) device for energy management at the house level and a platform, enabling interoperable communication among a variety of heterogeneous sources and collection, processing and management of consumers data.

      • How It Works

        ...from the smart plug for flexible devices to the online marketplace to sell flexibility!

        1

        Appliances

        Connected devices like heat pumps or electric vehicles anticipate/delay/cancel their consumption. These smart appliances provide flexibility

        2

        Open Smart Box

        At the home level, the OSB gathers the information from connected devices and send it to the Local Demand Manager, which calculates the available flexibility taking into account consumer preferences

        3

        DER Registry

        At district level, the cooperative gathers information from all its Decentralised Energy Resources (DER) and send it together with complementary data to the Global Flexibility Manager, which calculates the overall amount of flexibility available depending on grid & market information

        4

        Open Marketplace for Flexibility

        The aggregated flexibility is then made available to all potential flexibility users in an open market place for flexibility pooling and sharing. System operators or market actors can then buy flexibility in a transparent manner thanks to the settlement and remuneration module.

      • Architecture overview

        FLEXCoop offers an end-to-end interoperable demand response framework

      • The tool suite

        The following tools will enable REScoops to take the role of aggregator

        Open Smart Box

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        Local Demand Manager

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        Decentralised Energy Resources (DER) Registry

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        Global Demand Manager

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        Flexibility Pooling and Sharing Platform

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      • What is Demand Response?

        Valorising consumers flexibility in the energy transition

        The energy transition sees the multiplication of decentralised energy resources (mainly wind turbines and solar panels). New generation appears where there were only consumers before. Moreover the availability of these resources depends on weather conditions.

         

        In this context, the capability of energy consumers to modify their consumption according to the status of the grid is more and more valuable. Being able to decrease (or increase) your consumption upon request may help stabilise the grid, may support the network congestion management, or simply help source electricity at the right time, when it is cheaper and cleaner.

         

        The European Commission defines Demand Response as "the change of electricity load by final customers from their normal or current consumption patterns in response to market signals, including time-variable electricity prices, or incentive payments, or in response to acceptance of the final customer's bid alone or through aggregation, to sell demand reduction or increase at a price in organised markets." (Electricity Directive Proposal).

         

        Demand Response correspond to this set of activities enabling consumers to adapt their consumption to make a better use of our energy system by reducing our needs for infrastructure and consuming clean energy when it is available.

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