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21/09/2017 - First Periodic Review Meeting

Since the FutureFlow project passed one-third of its term, it’s time for a Periodic Review Meeting.

The first Periodic Review Meeting with the Project Officer will take place on the 21st September 2017 in Bled in Slovenia. Work Package leaders will present the work carried out by the FutureFlow consortium on each Work Package during the 1st reporting period.

10/07/2017 - Slovene Minister of Foreign Affairs stresses the importance of the FutureFlow project

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group (V4), the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Slovenia met on 10 July 2017 in Budapest. They exchanged views on current developments affecting the prosperity, stability and security of the region, with a focus on interconnectivity, including transport, energy and digital issues, the Western Balkans and the enlargement of the European Union, as well as Ukraine and the Eastern Partnership.

Slovene Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Karl Erjavec, also emphasized during the meeting, among other things, the importance of cooperation of states in this region in the field of energy.

In the field of energy, we support further regional cooperation leading to improved energy connectivity in Central Europe. Several Slovenian electricity and gas projects with Austria, Hungary and Croatia are already on the list of European Projects of Common Interest. We are working hard to make concrete progress and overcome challenges on their way to realization. In particular, the completion of missing links with Hungary, both gas and electricity, remains our political priority. To this end, we look forward to the continuation of the very good cooperation with our Hungarian partners in the future. Our cooperation is not limited to improving interconnectivity. Let us not forget concrete market and research projects. These can make us proud that together we can achieve positive results to the benefit of our consumers and economies. One of such research projects is FutureFlow, an electricity project financed entirely from the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The coordinator for the project is the Slovenian electricity transmission system operator ELES, but partners come from seven EU Member States, including Austria and Hungary”, said Mr. Erjavec, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

4 - 5/07/2017 - Meeting of the FutureFlow project partners in Belgrade

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On Tuesday 4th of July and Wednesday 5th of July, a regular working meeting of the 12 partners of the FutureFlow project took place in Belgrade.

Since the four-year project is already close to one-third of its term, partners checked the status of the project, evaluated the activities carried out and agreed on the steps needed to successfully complete the project.

26 - 27/06/2017 - FutureFlow presentation at InnoGrid2020+

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The aspects of the customer’s engagements and benefits of the FutureFlow project were presented at InnoGrid2020+, THE EU event on innovation in electricity networks organized by ENTSO-E and EDSO-E.

Mag. Darko Kramar from ELES, leading partner of the FutureFlow project, presented the FutureFlow project at InnoGrid2020+, the innovative power conference. During the session Prosumer empowerment & active system management, he emphasised that real prosumers from Austria, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia were invited to collaborate in FutureFlow.  By including their staff in the FutureFlow project, they gain practical skills for operating flexible technical units under balancing market rules.

FutureFlow is a great example of how to involve customers in the process. In average, 150 hours of customer engagement will be needed per customer for the installation of equipment, testing of the IT protocols, taking part in the field-pilot tests, ex-post evaluation etc. Engaging customers in the project is a great opportunity to educate them and get their feedback where they lack knowledge and information. Based on their first-hand feedback, the FutureFlow partners will become aware of the most critical points and be able to improve the communication towards customers.

It should be emphasised that Demand Response & Distributed Generation providers expect not only to participate in the field-pilot tests that shall be carried out in 2018, but also to be included in the subsequent “real world” balancing services.

During the conference, the FutureFlow project was promoted with two roll-ups and a project brochure, which was available for all interested participants.

15/06/2017 - FutureFlow presentation at the ETCSEE conference

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Regional cooperation on the comprehensive techno-economic models for open and non-discriminatory access of advanced consumers and distributed generators to a regional platform for ancillary/balancing and redispatching services.

Tomaž Oštir from GEN-I, partner of the FutureFlow project, presented the FutureFlow project at the ETCSEE 2017 event, the conference of electricity traders from Central and South Eastern Europe.

In the session for Regional developments and changes in production patterns he presented the much needed improved regional cooperation. The enhanced cooperation with regards to the project and other ongoing activities of Transmission System Operators, aggregators, retailers and IT / research companies is enabling region to develop one of the most advanced cross border markets in Europe.

Furthermore he presented the flexibility potential from the point of view of the prosumers and distributed generation with the most promising technologies to be included in an aFRR market. Ongoing activities linked to the acquisition of prosumers and their inclusion in pilot tests were presented as well.

At the end he also discussed main topics and open questions to establish an efficient, transparent and non-discriminatory market.

09/06/2017 - HybridVPP4DSO Workshop

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On June 9th 2017, the “hybrid Virtual Power Plants” workshop was held in Ljubljana. The results of the “hybrid-VPP4DSO” project were presented to a broad expert audience.

Two companies and partners of the FutureFlow project presented the FutureFlow project after the first part of the event: Rok Lacko from GEN-I, together with Ursula Krisper, organizer of the event and representative of Elektro Ljubljana, d.d.

The industrial customers who were present opened a discussion focusing on their participation in the FutureFlow project, about their opportunities, benefits, constraints and concerns.

During the first part of the event, the participating HybridVPP4DSO experts provided their assessments about the selected VPP-applications and business models. Furthermore, existing findings in terms of technical, regulatory and market-based framework conditions were discussed.

07/06/2017 - Presenting the Power Flow Colouring (PFC) methodology for the compensation of redispatching costs, at the Serbian National Committee of the International Council on Large Electric Systems - CIGRE Serbia, Zlatibor

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The goals and current state of FutureFlow’s conceptual solution for the compensation of redispatching costs was presented at the Serbian National Committee of the International Council on Large Electric Systems in Zlatibor.

Iva Mihajlović Vlaisavljević (EKC) presented the methodological approach of compensation of redispatching costs based on the PFC methodology developed for the purposes of the FutureFlow project, as well as current efforts in performing simulations and pilot tests.

The presentation was concluded by an intensive discussion with the conference participants.

24/05/2017 - FutureFlow presentation at the 14th Slovenian CIGREE conference

Within the FutureFlow project, an IT platform for cross-border aFRR activation will be constructed and tested, taking into account the existing cross-border transmission capacities and thus enabling the provision of these services to the smaller units of distributed resources and to the flexible consumption units. The ultimate goal is to reduce the total cost of ancillary services and increasing social welfare. In this context, we presented the appropriate optimization, economic and technological trade algorithms that have been developed within this project and already realized in the context of online application, which also enables visualization of the course of the trade event.

Zvonko Bregar (EIMV) presented the methodological approach of Common Activation Function of balancing (aFRR) energy, as currently formulated within the FutureFlow project.

The presentations were followed by intensive discussions with the conference participants.

10 - 12/05/2017 - FutureFlow slides at the 10th Energy Storage Forum - Berlin

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The balancing market concepts and different possibilities of customer engagement in such a market segment were presented at the 10th Energy Storage Forum.

Milan Vukasovic from APG, one of the four TSOs in the FutureFlow project, shortly introduced the FutureFlow project to a broader audience (more than 200 participants) at the 10th Energy Storage Forum held in Berlin.

The presentation dealed with the European legislation (Network Codes), especially Demand Connection Network Code (DCC NC) and the demand-side response service which could be offered either voluntarily (over the market) or be requested as a mandatory feature. The slides also concerned the prequalification process for the participation in the Austrian balancing market, giving an insight into the concepts of pooling smaller flexible technical units into the bigger reserve providing groups.

The main goals of FutureFlow project were presented and the participants were informed that the necessary information, along with the first deliverables, could be found on the official project’s website.

21/04/2017 - FutureFlow presentation at the European Electricity Ancillary and Balancing Forum, Amsterdam 2017

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The FutureFlow project organisation, partners and conceptual solutions were presented at the European Electricity Ancillary and Balancing Forum, held in Amsterdam on the 21st of April 2017.

Zoran Vujasinovic (EKC) presented the methodological approach and the target model of cross-border exchange of balancing (aFRR) energy, as currently formulated within the FutureFlow project, as well as current efforts in performing the simulations and pilot tests.

Milan Vukasović (APG) presented the concept of redispatching as defined within FutureFlow, with its aspects of redispatching algorithm and detection of flows origin, in accordance to the Power Flow Colouring concept.

The presentations were followed by an intensive discussion with the conference participants.

06/12/2016 - Reference Group meeting in Brussels

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In the scope of the activities of international project FutureFlow, a Reference Group meeting was organized in Brussels.

Mr. Carlo Sabbeli, Chairman of the ENTSO-E Research & Development Committee, opened the meeting. Among the representatives of ENTSO-E Governing bodies, Mr. Kjell Arne Barmsnes, Convener WG AS ENTSO-E, responsible for solutions development inside ENTSO-E organization, was also present.

The introduction of the international project FutureFlow to the TSO representatives was done by the coordinator of the FutureFlow project: Uroš Salobir (ELES). The key elements of the project, which will have a strong influence in the field of real-time balancing of power systems and increases energy integration between the countries of Europe were presented by Zoran Vujasinović (EKC) and dr. Matjaž Dolinar (ELES). A strong intersection of contents from FutureFlow project and current activities in the ENTSO-E organization , which was confirmed during the meeting, triggered an agreement on long term cooperation between the project and the ENTSO-E organization.

10 - 12/10/2016 - FutureFlow project presented at RSEEC Conference in Bucharest

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Transelectrica and EKC presented the basic concept of the Future Flow project at the Regional SEE Conference 2016 in Bucharest, Romania.

At the dedicated Conference session, called “Future Flow: Balancing energy exchange concept tailored to congested borders”, in front of the 50 visitors mainly composed of electricity experts from Romania, Zoran Vujasinovic (EKC), Nebojsa Jovic (EKC), and Doina Ilisiu (TEL) presented the FutureFlow project, the target model for Balancing and expected influences of the project in the perspective development of the Romanian Balancing market.

The presentation was followed by an intensive discussion with the visitors, especially those from Transelectrica and OPCOM.

14 - 16/09/2016 - FutureFlow introduction at the Conference and Exhibition of the Hungarian Electrotechnical Association

Mr. Gábor Alföldi, member of the directorate for system operations of MAVIR and participant of FutureFlow, presented the project at the 63rd Conference and Exhibition of the Hungarian Electrotechnical Association, focusing on Innovation and trends in electrotechnics with the motto “On innovative ways”. During the session presenting Trends related to electricity system operation, he introduced the main aspects of the FutureFlow project next to the development of Guidelines and Network Codes and Energy Union. This introduction enabled representatives of scientific communities, industry and policy makers to have a picture on how the FutureFlow project provides an added value with its research and practical innovative solutions to act as an effective preparation to the main challenges of the coming years.

Not only the participants of the FutureFlow project, but also the main pillars and expected achievements were introduced to the audience, such as regional and coordinated optimisation of balancing resources, introduction of demand response and distributed generation in the balancing market with aggregated service provider solutions. The more detailed explanation of the project was linked to the introduction of the EU support provided.

12 - 16/06/2016 - FutureFlow project presented at the 13th WEC Central & Eastern European Regional Energy Forum - FOREN 2016

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Transelectrica presented the structure and objectives of the Future Flow project at the 13th WEC CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL ENERGY FORUM – FOREN 2016, in Costinesti, Romania. The presentation focused on one main theme: „Safe and Sustainable Energy for the Region”. The event was organized by the Romanian WEC  National Committee, under the auspices of the Government of Romania, under the leadership of the World Energy Council (WEC) and with the support of WEC Member Committees in Central and Eastern Europe.

In front of more than 40 stakeholders, experts, policy makers and businessmen from Romania and the CEE region, Doina Ilisiu (TEL) presented the FutureFlow project, its scope and objectives. The presentation highlighted the expected benefits of the project in the perspective of the development of Romanian Balancing market.

The presentation was followed by intensive debates with representatives of universities, RES owners and market actors.

12 - 13 /05/2016 - HybridVPP4DSO and FutureFlow presentation at the Annual Ancillary Services conference

Uršula Krisper from Elektro Ljubljana, d.d., partner of the FutureFlow project, presented the HybridVPP4DSO and the FutureFlow projects at the 2nd Annual Ancillary Services and Demand Response Management 2016 event.

The FutureFlow project was presented as the second part of the presentation. Mrs. Krisper used the detailed project presentation which was prepared by the partner responsible for the project dissemination.

19/02/2016 - ELES appointed as Coordinator of the FutureFlow Project

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ELES has been appointed as the coordinator of a four-year research project, worth 13 million euros, which will be funded by the European Horizon 2020 Programme. 12 partners from eight European countries, among them four system operators, research institutions, technology companies and two electricity traders, are involved in the FutureFlow International Research Project. All companies are leaders in their field with regard to technologies and services provided to their consumers. The FutureFlow Programme was today presented by the ELES’ experts to the representatives of the diplomatic corps of countries involved in the Project and the professional public at Vila Podrožnik. At the outset, the guests were addressed by Mr. Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

Co-organisation of today’s presentation is in fact the result of good cooperation between ELES and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since energy is increasingly an integral part of foreign policy dicussions. FutureFlow is an important international project, which opens doors to cooperation between the countries, companies and scientific institutions« stressed Mr. Erjavec, the Minister, in his opening speech and stressed his aspiration that scientific results, brought by the FutureFlow Project, would also be applied in the world economy.

The FutureFlow Project will expand the scope of the so-called secondary frequency control from the generation also to consumption, and will facilitate international implementation of such activity. The partners in the FutureFlow Project will thus explore new solutions for balancing the electricity system and for managing the flows in the European electricity network. For example, if the unforeseen difference between the cumulative generation and cumulative offtake occurs in Slovenia, the FutureFlow Project will make it possible that advanced consumers from Slovenia or any other country, such as Hungary or Romania, get around this problem. Advanced consumers, addressed by the FutureFlow Project, will be able to increase or decrease their consumption in a few seconds and thereby carry out functions that are today largely performed by traditional hydro or thermal power plants using fossil fuels.

The FutureFlow Project thus provides a key breakthrough for an active participation of consumers in the most demanding processes in the electric power systems and thereby reduces their cost of electricity and reduces CO2 emissions and the countries’ dependence on fossil fuels.

The whole FutureFlow Project solution will be unique and will provide ancillary services of the highest quality from alternative sources of reserve, that is to say in the consumption management and distributed generation. Within the Project the experts will seek breakthrough solutions for the integration of electricity consumers in the most demanding processes in the power system. They will study the organisational and technical aspects and test the proposals in a pilot testing environment.

As pointed out by Mr. Alexander Mervar, M.Sc., ELES’ CEO, »the FutureFlow Project is developing a new scheme of cooperation between companies in the electric power system, which intervenes very deeply in the current scheme and changes business models, information flows and energy flows. Therefore, the Project is blurring the boundaries between countries in the field of real-time balancing of power systems and increases energy integration between the countries of Europe. This will allow advanced consumers and distributed renewable sources of generation to ensure the stability of the system as never before, i.e. with the assistance of the FutureFlow Project.«

As a development project FutureFlow will not remain only at the level of scientific contributions since the prototype solutions will also be the result of Project work, which will allow industry to use said results in the real economy immediately after completion of the Project.

Owing to all the aforementioned breakthrough solutions and the breach of the gap between the Project’s objectives and today’s environment, the Project would not exist without the EU funding, provided by the European Community under the Horizon 2020 Programme and which fully finances the Project.

27 – 28/01/ 2016 - Project kick-off meeting

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The FutureFlow kick-off meeting took place in Ljubljana where all 12 Consortium partners from 8 European countries, the Project Officer from European Commission Mrs. Mariana Stancheva and representative from ELES CEO Office gathered to launch the project activities. The meeting was led by Mr. Uroš Salobir, Project Coordinator from ELES, who expressed his optimism and eagerness for enabling renewable sources and consumers to contribute to electricity grid stability as never before.

In the meeting the consortium partners reviewed the project plan of the 4-year project and defined main priorities for the year 2016. The preparation of technical specifications and business models, specifications and studies that are essential for prototyping pilot platforms represent the main challenges for the coming year.

The FutureFlow will link interconnected control areas of four TSOs of Central-South Europe (ELES, Slovenia; APG, Austria; MAVIR, Hungary; and TRANSELECTRICA, Romania) which today do face increasing challenges to ensure transmission system security. The growing share of renewable electricity units has reduced drastically the capabilities of conventional, fossil-fuel based means to ensure balancing activities and congestion relief through redispatching. There is a need to face future balancing and network security challenges with the help of a more intensive and joint approach at regional level. The project, as recently approved under the horizon 2020 framework of the European Commission, proposes research and innovation activities to validate that consumers and distributed generators can be put in a position to provide balancing and redispatching services in addition to conventional units, within an attractive business environment.

Consortium partners have agreed to jointly explore the combination of two routes to provide solutions to such problems through a unique regional cooperation:

  • The design of a regional cross-border techno-economic cooperation scheme: it is tailored to ensure the participation of advanced commercial and industrial consumers, prosumers and distributed renewable generators in the provision of advanced ancillary services in TSO environments with limited flexibility options.
    • The development and pilot testing of a comprehensive prototype IT platform and the associated economic model(s) to support this cooperation scheme.

The research and innovation activities involve real energy market players (between 20 and 40 MW of the flexible balancing power services expected to be made available in the control areas of the four TSOs), this in view of:

      • Prototyping of innovative flexibility aggregation platforms within all four control zones,

 

      • Prototyping of a regional IT platform enabling access of these flexibility aggregation platforms to the international markets,

 

      • Enabling optimization of relevant functionalities within the TSO environments from the regional perspective,

 

      • Pilot testing of these platforms and connections, based on a set of progressively ambitious use cases involving real electricity market players.

 

    • An ex-post impact analysis is proposed to deliver recommendations for the scaling-up and replication of the most promising use cases.

Besides FutureFlow consortium partners the knowledge and experience will be exchanged with external stakeholders as well via the:

– Advisory Board encompassing research experts, consumers associations, RES and conventional generators associations, retailers, aggregators and regulators to address the critical research questions, the solutions developed the investigated use cases and the scaling up or replicability potential of the prototypes.
– Reference Group of TSOs, which aims at dealing specifically with TSOs issues regarding for instance the links between the FutureFlow project and the Network Code on Electricity Balancing implementation.

Both bodies, the Advisory Board and Reference Group of TSOs have already been established, however new members are warmly welcome.

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