About the project

  • Duration: 2016 – 2020
  • Project value: EUR 13 million
  • Source of funding: Horizon 2020 programme (European Commission)
  • Partners: 3E, APG, CYBERGRID, EIMV, EKC, ELEKTRO ENERGIJA, ELES, GEMALTO, GEN-I, MAVIR, SAP, TRANSELECTRICA
  • Participating countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia

1.1. Mission

The FutureFlow project is expanding its scope of operation of so-called secondary frequency control from generation to consumption, and will provide for the international performance of such activities. With this goal in mind, the partners of the FutureFlow project are exploring new solutions for balancing the electricity system and managing flows in the European electricity network. The progressive consumers addressed by the FutureFlow project will be capable of increasing or reducing their consumption in a few seconds, and will in this way be performing functions that are predominantly carried out by traditional, fossil fuel-based, hydro or thermal power plants.

As a development project, FutureFlow will not remain solely on the level of scientific contributions. The results of its work will include prototype solutions which industry can also apply in the real economy after the project’s conclusion.

The figure below illustrates the functional interactions between the prototype flexibility aggregation platforms and the prototype regional balancing and redispatching platform as the central point for the cross-border and other transmission system operators (TSO) oriented businesses. The field tests with real energy customers and distributed generation owners aim show the synergetic benefits from the collaboration of such commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers, prosumers and distributed generators in frequency restoration reserve markets combined with the cross-border integration of such markets. FutureFlow also intends to analyse the scalability and replicability potential at European level of the most promising tested use cases as designed for the four involved countries.

Regional Balancing and Redispatching Platform
Synergetic benefits

For TSOs:
> More competition in reserve markets
> Possible decrease in the total volume of reserves contracted
> More efficient congestion management

For aggregators:
> Increased attractiveness and/or profitability growth potential

For C&I consumers, prosumers and distributed generators:
> Increased profitability of turnover from their assets

Figure 1. Synthetic illustration of interactions between the new balancing providers and the FutureFlow project’s prototype platforms and their synergetic effects.

1.2. Work plan

The work plan will be implemented in 8 Work Packages (WP). The overall duration of the project is planned for 48 months allowing for suitable research, development and testing activities, with a feedback loop allowing for adjusting the research and development part thanks to the lessons learnt following the testing activities.

1.4. Organisational structure

The figure shows the organisational structure of the project. The coordination and management activities of the project are performed by the Project Coordinator (PC), which is the legal entity acting as the intermediary between the partners of the project and the European Commission (EC), in cooperation with two interacting bodies:

  • the Executive Board (EB), as the supervisory body for the execution of the project, which reports to and be accountable to the General Assembly;
  • the General Assembly (GA), as the ultimate decision-making body of the consortium.
  • The EB also links with the Advisory Board and Reference Group of TSOs.