Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

FLEXCoop

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.
Democratizing energy markets through the introduction of innovative flexibility-based demand response tools and novel business and market models for energy cooperatives

FLEXCoop introduces an end-to-end automated demand response optimisation framework. It enables the raise of novel business models, allowing energy cooperatives to introduce themselves in energy markets under the role of an aggregator. It equips cooperatives with innovative and highly effective tools to establish robust business practices in order to exploit their microgrids and virtual power plants as balancing and ancillary assets for grid stability.

Optimisation in FLEXCoop applies to multiple levels. It spans local generation output, demand and storage flexibility, as well as the flexibility offered by electric vehicles. It facilitates maximum integration of renewables into the grid, helps to avoid curtailment and to satisfy balancing and ancillary needs of the grid. This is achieved via automated, human-centric demand response schemes with the participation of selected residential prosumers (i.e. consumers who also produce energy).

To enhance prosumer acceptance, the FLEXCoop's innovative services will feature non-intrusiveness, comfort and well-being preservation. The services will not have impact on prosumers' daily schedules and will maximise their benefits through transparent and open participation in markets.

The project will also guarantees easy switching between demand response service providers, vendor lock-in avoidance, customised demand response service contracts, setting objectives and remuneration, thus democratising energy systems and empowering prosumers to become active players in the energy market.

Project reference: 
773909
Topic: 
LCE-01-2016-2017
Call for proposals: 
H2020-LCE-2017-SGS
Duration: 
01/10/2017 to 30/09/2020
Funding scheme: 
RIA
Total cost: 
€3,979,190
EU contribution: 
€3,979,190
Coordinator: 
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.