InterFlex investigates during 36 months the INTERactions between FLEXibilities provided by energy market players and the distribution grid. This project focuses particularly on energy storage, smart charging of electric vehicles, demand response, islanding, grid automation and integration of different energy carriers (gas, heat, electricity).
Impact• Environment: Through the optimisation of the local energy system, the project generates benefits in terms of increased energy efficiency (load shifts to off peak hours; optimized self-consumption in case of prosumers, increased awareness leading to active DSM and reduced electricity consumption), power generation optimization (peak shaving, avoiding electricity generation from carbonized peak load generation units) and increased share of renewables (optimized integration of intermittent renewable energy sources), resulting in the overall reduction of GHG emissions.
• Socio-economic: The project stimulates the development of new services for end-customers allowing for instance the development of demand response service packages for small and large consumers as well as prosumers. The provision of community storage solutions or the optimal use of multiple source flexibilities should help to decrease the electricity bill without any noticeable impact on the supply quality.
• Policy: The Use cases of the project will help to:
- formulate recommendations for micro grid operation (control schemes and observability),
- elaborate an appropriate regulatory framework for self- consumption and storage solutions (community or individual residential storage)
- provide guidelines on the participation of distributed resources in DSO operations (modifications of grid codes).