During the last week of January 2020 leading European experts on SCADA systems for electric utilities gathered at the NextGen SCADA 2020 conference in Berlin, Germany. On 30 January Leon Maruša from EIMV presented the FutureFlow project and the Cloud optimization solution which was integrated along with real-time SCADA system. The presentation entitled “SCADA & Flexibility: Deploying cloud-based SCADA to deliver agile and scalable control of flexibility resources” showed experts from European TSOs that SCADA systems can integrate with Cloud services in a safe, secure and reliable manner, as it was done within the FutureFlow project.
19/12/2019 - FutureFlow project presented in the Winter Edition of the European Energy Innovation Magazine
As FutureFlow is ending this year we wanted to present the project’s results to important stakeholders at European level. Therefore we wrote an article for the European Energy Innovation (EEI) Magazine.
EEI gathers information from the Energy Industry, Research Organisations and the European Institutions to highlight the significant energy challenges that Europe is facing today and the innovative technologies being deployed to meet them.
On 11 December we organised, in cooperation with the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, an event for Slovenian industry. We presented the project’s findings, results and opportunities for active consumers that are arising on the flexibility market.
From 12 to 14 November you can join us at the European Utility Week in Paris. If you want to know more about the project and its results, visit us at our stand (M70.b1) in the EU Projects Zone.
On Wednesday, 13. November, you can listen to the presentation of Project coordinator Uroš Salobir from ELES, who will speak about “TSO-DSO Collaboration: Developing and international market” at Initiate! Hub Session and also participate at the panel entitled ‘Financing the energy transition problems and solutions’.
On 6-7 November 2019 the FutureFlow project was presented at the EuroPOWER conference in Warsaw. This was a great opportunity to share the project’s results to the participants, who have shown strong interest in the presentation.
CyberGRID’s award-winning cyberNOC software* met an important milestone today with its integration with Ngen’s Tesla 12MW/24MWh battery storage system located in Jesenice, Slovenia. It is the largest battery system installed in Slovenia and one of the largest operational energy storage systems in Europe.
Positioned at the heart of Ngen’s Tesla battery storage system, the cyberNOC platform – upgraded in the framework of the FutureFlow project to be able to also offer AFRR – enables Ngen to monetize its battery system by providing flexibility services to the energy markets. Additionally, cyberNOC will seamlessly connect a flexibility portfolio with commercial and industrial sites to offer other market services and innovative portfolio balancing.
During the event celebrating the launch of the Tesla powerpack battery, the State Secretary of the Slovenian Ministry for Infrastructure, Bojan Kumer, spoke to the audience about the future role of large-scale batteries:
“The European electricity grid is one of the largest grids in the world. We look forward to seeing more of these projects in the future to contribute to the growing need for flexibility and support for renewables in this vast system.”
With regards to the integration of renewable energy, cyberGRID’s platform plays thus a pivotal role in EU-wide efforts towards decarbonisation. CyberNOC also reduces the risk of investment in large-scale battery storage systems by enabling the participation in various energy markets, not just the primary reserve. More specifically, cyberNOC can provide the opportunity to battery operators at C&I locations to participate in markets such as the primary, secondary (aFRR) and tertiary (mFRR) control markets. In addition, it can offer grid stability, peak shaving services, frequency and voltage control, and community-level storage.
cyberNOC also meets the latest ENTSO-E requirements for ancillary service market platform integration (ECCO-SP) and activation data exchange (ICCP), reducing the time to market for basttery operators.
19/09/2019 - FutureFlow results presented at the 16th International conference on the European Energy Market
In the framework of the 16th European Energy Market Conference (EEM 2019), FutureFlow special session took place on 18 September. At the beginning of the session, Darko Kramar from ELES, who is leading the consortium, presented the main reasons (growing share of renewables, closing of thermal power plants, and lack of flexibility sources) for starting the project.
Andrej Souvent from Elektroinstitut Milan Vidmar (EIMV) presented the architecture and the operation of platforms developed by project partners, i.e. the Regional Balancing Platform with Common Activation Function for cross-border exchange of aFRR, the Flexibility Aggregation Platform and the Demonstration platform, that were used as base platforms for performing all tests in the project.
The Flexibility Aggregation Platform was presented in more details by Peter Nemček from cyberGRID. This platform enables the aggregation of DR&DG units from 4 EU countries (Austria, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia), to interface (monitoring and control) with 106 DR&DGs. In addition, it enables better forecasting of commercial and industrial load and of the electricity production from RES, as well as automatic marginal bidding, interfacing with aFRR market and automatic real-time controlling of DR&DGs. Nemček also presented the process of real-time activation of DR&DG units and presented results, showing how successful they were at reducing/increasing DR&DG set-point.
Rok Lacko from GEN-I talked about field work with prosumers and presented the experience and results of integrating active consumers into a virtual power plant. On the first place they’ve done market analysis and registered 200 DR&DG units with flexible potential with among them 33 candidates with high flexibility potential. For the aFRR pilot they recruited 96 DR&DG units with flexibility of 50+ MW. Lacko stressed that, during the one-year-period project, partners have done more than 300 hours of testing in 4 countries. The results of the pilot tests have shown that VPP is cost efficient and a competitive source of flexibility in comparison with batteries and gas power plants.
At the end Boštjan Korošec from TALUM, Slovenia’s biggest industrial energy consumer, explained their doubts and questions before they joined the project. As they need constant power for the electrolysis, they could not figure out how they would be able to maintain their work process while helping TSO by increasing or decreasing their load. During the pilot tests they realized that they can actually cooperate and offer their flexibility to TSO and in the meantime gain some financial compensation. Korošec stressed that their overall experience was good and that they are prepared to take part in any other similar pilot project.
There are many changes going on in the energy sector. We are producing more and more electrical energy from renewable sources. However, by closing fossil power plants, we will lack flexibility services for regulating the balance on the network. Join us at the FutureFlow final event on 15 October 2019 in Vienna and:
– Discover how active consumers can play an important role on the energy markets of the future
– Gain insight into real time cross-border pilot test results
– Learn about IT platforms that enable participation of DR&DG units in the energy market
– Hear about TSO’s plans for integration of DR&DG units
Who should attend?
Industry (DR&DG units), Decision makers, Regulators, Aggregators, Electricity Trading Firms, DSOs, TSOs, Media
The event is hosted by the Energy Community Secretariat.
27/08/2019 - Join us at FutureFlow’s roundtable at the 16th International Conference on the European Energy Market
The 16th European Energy Market Conference (EEM 2019) will take place from 18 to 20 September 2019 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana (UL). The FutureFlow project will be presented during one of the special sessions on Wednesday, 18 September at 14.00. If you are interested in hearing how active consumers can benefit from changes in the energy market, join the debate. Darko Kramar from ELES will lead the debate and his guests will be Boštjan Korošec (TALUM), Rok Lacko (GEN-I), Peter Nemček (cyberGRID) and Andrej Souvent (EIMV).
Interested audience can attend this session free of charge, but registration is mandatory.
Uroš Kerin from ELES participated in the IEEE PES General Meeting. As chairman of the panel discussion on “European electricity projects”, he presented the FutureFlow project and discussed its results with other professionals and stakeholders from the power engineering community.
The Power & Energy Society (PES) provides the world’s largest forum for sharing the latest technological developments in the electric power industry, for developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems, and for educating members of the industry and the general public. Members of the Power & Energy Society are leaders in this field, and they — and their employers — derive substantial benefits from involvement with this unique and outstanding association.
Uroš Salobir, director of the Strategic Innovation Department at ELES, participated in the Three Seas Initiative Business Forum. During the panel “ENERGY: Challenges and Opportunities of Energy Transition” he presented the FutureFlow project. One of his key messages was that we have a third option (besides gas and centralised storage) for ensuring flexibility services: active consumers who need to be aggregated and managed through advanced IT platforms, such as the one developed and tested into real environment by FutureFlow partners.
On the second day of the event cyberGRID’s Managing Director and Vice President for Strategies and Alliances, Marko Svetina, spoke to a high-profile audience at the Three Seas Initiative Business Forum’s Special Sessions where he discussed the tools for enabling prosumers to play a role in the integration of digital technologies and efficient energy interconnection. Mr. Svetina presented the ICT solution cyberNOC to leaders in the field of infrastructure, energy, digital, and political interconnection projects, and highlighted the flexibility and sustainability of the aggregation platform developed in the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 FutureFlow project.
The Three Seas Initiative Business Forum featured the Presidents of 9 EU Member States and the President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. The forum focused on the European energy economy in light of political transitions and geopolitical challenges.
Doina Ilisiu from Transelectrica presented her paper ‘Challenges for prosumers integration’ during the session entitled ‘Clean Energy Package – what does this mean for the CEE Region and Romania?’.
During the ‘Energy Day 2019’ conference, experts debated the way new EU regulations are going to shape the energy sector and consumer’s behaviour in the following years. In addition, how these regulations will be translated from European into Romanian laws and how the Romanian national energy and climate plan fit into the European framework were addressed during the event.
24/05/2019 - Two papers on the FutureFlow project, presented at the 14th Conference of Slovenian Electric Power Engineers CIGRE-CIRED
At the 14th Conference of Slovenian Electric Power Engineers CIGRE-CIRED that took place from 21 to 23 May in Laško, EIMV representatives presented two papers: Leon Maruša about “Identification and comparison of virtual power plants process models used in FutureFlow project” and Zvonko Bregar about “Scalability of FutureFlow project”. More details about the content of both articles in the two abstracts below.
Identification and comparison of virtual power plants process models used in the FutureFlow project – Abstract
Inclusion of dispersed energy sources (DR/DG – Demand Response/Distributed Generation) in local in cross-border secondary ancillary services is one of the main goals pursued in European project FutureFlow. For this purpose, adequate response tests of real DR/DG units were carried out where multiple aggregated DR/DGs are presented to the system by a virtual power plant (VPP).
Since we can’t include all potential DR/DGs into real tests, they need to be simulated. This requires construction of VPP models, which is not a trivial task since these power plants can have different DR/DG portfolios at any given time. For this purpose we made process model of VPPs which are derived from measurements acquired during testing of real units. VPP models enable us to simulate different system scenarios for which we don’t have measured data and we can also check the behavior of the system and the market with more potential DR/DG flexibility included.
The identified models based on real measurements were constructed using System Identification Toolbox that is part of Matlab environment. For validation we of identified models we used new set of recorded test measurements from different VPP that had different portfolio of DR/DGs than measurements used for model learning. In the paper we present the process of identification, description of identified types of models, comparison of identified models and in conclusion we present usefulness and limitations of the models.
Scalability of the FutureFlow project – Abstract
The FutureFlow project brings together the system operators of Slovenia, Austria, Hungary and Romania in a market-based system of providing secondary reserve (or aFRR) with conventional units, distributed resources and consumption management measures. Market meetings for the sale of aFRR offers – in the light of the current values of the zonal ACEs – are carried out every 2 seconds. The calculation of the respective market price and the accepted / rejected offers takes approximately 20 ms. The time dependence of the FutureFlow project with respect to the number of conventional offers, the number of unconventional offers and the number of participating transmission system operators can be estimated in line with the realistic realities as linear. Such a result was obtained using the FutureFlow DEMOx (Matlab/Simulink) simulator. In the simulated exceptional increase in all three calculation parameters, we can see a systemic potential quadratic trend, which is not worrying. Insofar as all parameters of the calculation would actually increase, it would therefore be necessary to adapt the architecture of the software solution, thus maintaining the linear dependence.
From 20 to 21 May, the Slovene Association for Electronic Communications organised the 35th Workshop on Telecommunications VITEL 2019, the Value of the Internet of Everything.
Andrej Souvent from EIMV gave a presentation on the article “The use of IoT technologies in the power system domain”. He presented two examples of the use of IoT technologies in the electric power industry, namely the use of the IoT protocol MQTT in the integration of the complex demonstration environment within the FutureFlow project, and the concept of data exchange with distributed energy sources, as required by the new rules for the connection and operation of distributed generation connected to the distribution grid.
ENTSO-E has released the RD&I Monitoring Report 2018 that assesses the progress of European TSO-related research development and innovation (RD&I) activities defined in the RD&I Roadmap 2017–2026. The Report is based on a survey of 57 R&D projects. To complete this sample, 131 additional projects in the field of digitalisation and 18 projects related to flexibility services were considered in less details.
In the report, FutureFlow is, together with EU-Sys-Flex and RealValue, featured as a remarkable R&D project.
Click here for the full report.
FutureFlow is actively promoting the project and its results to different stakeholders. At the beginning of the week, we were present at two events in Brussels.
The European Commission and ENTSO-E organised the H2020 Joint Workshop on Monday 13 May. Darko Kramar presented our real-time cross-border pilot test. He stressed that we have succeeded in connecting more than 100 dispersed DR&DG units from Austria, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia and using them as flexibility sources for Slovenia’s electric power transmission system. Our field experience has been very profitable especially at the first stage of our projects and was of great interest to representatives of the European Commission.
At the 8th edition of INNOGRID2020+, an event co-organised by ENTSO-E and E.DSO, FutureFlow was one of the 28 projects chosen to showcase their work in the exhibition hall. We also participated at the breakout session “Advanced grids resilience” dedicated to presenting top projects in the field of e.g. cybersecurity, smart network maintenance, protection against extreme climate conditions and hazards. During the session, Darko Kramar from ELES talked about the resilience of electric power transmission systems and the future structural changes, risks and threats. He stressed that we have approximately 15 years to ensure the replacement of traditional flexibility sources with environmentally friendly new flexibility sources.
The 15th International Workshop on Electric Power Control Centers is taking place from 13 to 15 May in Reykjavik, Iceland. On the first day of the conference, Emil Cek from ELES presented the project with a presentation entitled “Designing eTrading solutions for electricity balancing and redispatching in Europe”.
He stressed that, within the project, a three level IT architecture has been developed connecting the Flexibility aggregation Platform with the Regional cross-border balancing Platform and TSOs environment. The complete IT architecture enables real-time field pilot tests with DR&DGs in Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania. Over 100 DR&DG units with overall reserve power of approx. 50 MW have tested their capability of providing the most complex balancing services (mFRR and aFRR), first within the local TSO environment and afterwards in cross-border real-time tests.
The International Workshops on Electric Power Control Centers provide unique platforms for information exchange among industry professionals involved in technical, business, regulatory and financial aspects of system reliability and electricity markets. Workshop discussions are used to focussing on the latest developments in control center technologies, highlighting their impact on the most urgent challenges for power system operations and system planning.
In May we will be present at the following events:
- 12-15 May (Reykjavik, Iceland): 15th International Workshop on Electric Power Control Centers (day 1, session #2)
- 13-14 May (Brussels, Belgium): InnoGrid 2019 (day 2, session 4)
- 21-23 May (Laško, Slovenia): 14th Conference of Slovenian Electric Power Engineers CIGRE-CIRED
You are kindly invited to join us.
Andraž Andolšek from cyberGRID participated in the Industrialization in Smart Cities Panel in the framework of the ICSG Istanbul 2019 – the 7th International Istanbul Smart Grid and Cities Congress and Fair. He presented FutureFlow’s goals, its results and the flexibility platform that was developed during the project.
ICSG aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, developers and users to explore and discuss cutting-edge ideas, state-of-the-art innovations and the latest results, as well as to exchange techniques, tools, and experience.
More info about the event.
INNOGRID 2020+, the innovative power conference, will take place on 13–14 May 2019 in Brussels. During this event, CEO’s from the industry world will present the do’s and don’ts in terms of innovation strategies, while visitors will have the opportunity to discover today’s rising power platforms and to discuss needed regulatory, policy and finance support.
FutureFlow will be present at the networking exhibition and during the interactive breakout session “Advanced grids resilience” on 14th May at 11:00.
Visit us at our stand and find out more about our prototype platforms and the importance of involving active consumers into the most demanding system services and.
Uroš Salobir, coordinator of the FutureFlow project from ELES, presented the FutureFlow project at the China Utility Week Summit. He held a presentation entitled “The FutureFlow project – developing an International market for most advanced frequency services in EU”. He also participated in the panel discussion dedicated to the development of a modern power market design. Mr. Salobir stressed that, because of the phasing out coal-fired power plants, Europe has approximately 15 years left to establish an operating and reliable flexibility market. The FutureFlow project was the answer to this challenge as project partners explored the potential of active consumers for offering system services, developed two prototype platforms – a platform for the aggregation of distributed generation and demand response, and a regional balancing and redispatching platform – and a pilot test on the operation of the platforms in real international environment. He concluded his presentation by informing the public that the size of the EU market for secondary frequency regulation is 9,133 MW and that there is potential for 3-5 platforms like this in Europe.
The China Utility Week, taking place on 15-16 April in Shanghai, includes an International Smart Energy and Utilities Summit aiming to discuss industry strategies and trends, a hub for industry solutions analysis, Initiate! Startups and Youth Talent Forum events, and an expo.
On Thursday 11 April, the partners of the consortium of the FutureFlow project met in Ljubljana with the project officer from the European Commission. Work Package leaders presented the progress made in the second reporting period. During this period, partners have developed a prototype platform for the aggregation of distributed generation and demand response, and a prototype of the regional balancing and redispatching platform. Both platforms were also tested in the real environment, as 106 active consumers from four countries participated in the pilot tests.
The project officer expressed his satisfaction with the results achieved so far.
On 10 April, work package leaders will meet in Ljubljana at preparatory meeting, where they will review all presentations and talk about the progress of project activities. On 11 April, all consortium members will be present at the 2nd Technical Review Meeting where work done in second reporting period will be presented to the project officer.
On 14 March 2019, the GEN-I hosted the 12th meeting of the GEN-I Group’s partners. More than 80 business partners of the GEN-I Group attended the event. As one of the topics addressed was the future of the energy sector, GEN-I presented some experiences involving prosumers in virtual power plants and based on their participation in FutureFlow’s real-time cross-border pilot tests.
Over 100 real prosumers from Austria, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia took part in those pilot tests. With 48 MW of flexible power, the results have demonstrated that prosumers can deliver high quality and flexibility services to the TSOs. FutureFlow’s simulations have showed the potential to save 23 % of regulating energy by the integration of flexibility markets in these 4 countries. By developing adequate business models, prosumers will get an opportunity to sell their flexibility to the most valuable market, reducing their electricity bills.
During the 12th and 13th March 2019, the European Commission hosted the BRIDGE Coordination Meeting, where more than 40 European funded projects were represented. At this two-day session participants addressed innovation in network management, energy communities & self-consumption, smart charging for electro-mobility or cybersecurity & resilience. They exchanged their personal views and experiences gained through their EU funded projects.
FutureFlow was represented by three project partners. Peter Nemcek from cyberGRID presented the project FutureFlow and its views on session topics at parallel session “Innovation in network management: data, services, TSO-DSO cooperation”, Dejan Paravan from GEN-I was active at the session “Smart charging and Electromobility“ and Nadja Novak from ELES presented project’s planned dissemination activities at session “Organising joint communication and events among projects”.
Between 29 and 30 November, the 11th conference of ICT professionals in the Slovenian energy supply sector took place in Portorož. Mr. Leon Maruša from EIMV presented the regional platform prototype for offering cross-border balancing services in the scope of the FutureFlow project. This platform enables the testing of developed concepts in pilot environments.
The event was organised by GEN-I, member of the FutureFlow consortium, and took place in Krško on 13 November. Dr. Rok Lacko presented the FutureFlow project and stressed that, within the project, 600 potential sources for flexible energy production or consumption were analysed in four countries. Prosumers accounting for a total of 54 MW of available flexible power were included into the pilot tests. These tests demonstrated that prosumers can deliver high quality and flexibility services to the TSOs.
“Positive effects were also seen in the area of cross-border cooperation in the provision of system services, as optimization enabled lowering the costs of transmission system operators, while at the same time providing a new source of revenue for the owners of flexible capacities“, added dr. Lacko.
Find out how FutureFlow puts prosumers at the heart of the energy sector, enabling them to become the new guardians of the power system by providing flexibility services for regulating the balance on the network.
Once again Vienna welcomes the European Utility Week, hosting all key players in the smart energy ecosystem. Join the FutureFlow project in the EU Projects Zone in Hall B of the Messe Wien until 8 November.
During the introductory panel “Interoperable Platforms and Data Exchange for Energy Services” of the European Commission’s pavilion, mag. Uroš Salobir summarized the extraordinary results shown by the cross-border integration of the markets for system services. “With automatic frequency control, the FutureFlow project offers 60% savings and with redispatching up to 57%” said Salobir. He added that the project showed that, regardless of the innovative ideas and technical quality of the solutions, the key step and the challenge for the operation of the system is communication with customers and helping them to become active stakeholders in ensuring the reliability of the electricity system. Mag. Salobir also participated in the round table, which followed the introductory presentations.
FutureFlow will be one of the few selected EU projects presented during the European Utility Week, taking place from 6 to 8 November 2018 in Vienna. The event has been championing the interests of the energy sector for twenty years and performs a vital role in bringing together more top-level energy professionals than any other event. The FutureFlow stand will be in the EU Projects Zone in Hall B of the Messe Wien.
Running its third year, the project already delivered a number of innovative solutions that will be presented at European Commission’s Pavilion by the project coordinator mag. Uroš Salobir from leading partner ELES.
Join us at the event and register for a Free Visitor Pass or a discounted Summit Pass.
Among the “Talk Community Interviews” on the European Utility Week web page, you can also read an interview with mag. Darko Kramar from ELES about the opportunities and threats he sees for the industry.
Mag. Darko Kramar presented the achievements of ELES, among which also the FutureFlow project, at the IEEE PES ISGT Europe conference that took place in Sarajevo.
Kramar stressed that the FutureFlow project is running in its third year, so the project already delivered a number of innovative solutions. One of them is the method for empirical selection of the aFRR target model based on real-time data in a multi-TSO regionally interconnected power system. The other is the method of redispatching costs distribution based on Power Flow Coloring, which is already in evaluation by the ENTSO-E to serve as a reference methodology in this field. The FutureFlow project also delivered solutions for the development and implementation of information architecture for real-time testing of DR/DG in a multi TSO environment. He pointed out that the project is actually delivering a large amount of information that is coming from the real time testing of 48 MW of DR/DG units, which are running in a second to second control loop and being deployed in four EU member states – Slovenia, Austria, Romania and Hungary
The FutureFlow project partners meeting took place from 2 to 4 October at lake Balaton in Hungary. Work Package leaders presented the progress of their work packages and discussed open questions. They also agreed on a timetable for the preparation of the second period report that will end on the 31st of December 2018. The project coordinator stressed the importance of communication and dissemination activities and invited project partners to do their best for the promotion of the project’s results.
On the 18th of September, FutureFlow project partners Transelectrica, GEN-I and EIMV organised a workshop for Romanian prosumers. The workshop was part of the second National Energy Fair, an event dedicated to raising awareness amongst electricity consumers about the advantages of liberalizing the energy market, and their rights.
At the workshop, Doina Ilisiu from Transelectrica presented the FutureFlow project, its goals and the synergic benefits for different stakeholders. Andreja Ivartnik Kanduč from EIMV presented the current results of the FutureFlow project. Andrej Dernikovič from GEN-I talked about the commercial aspect of resource integration into system services. Finally, Rok Lacko from GEN-I presented the results of pilot test experiments and the future of the FutureFlow project.
At the CIGRE Technical Exhibition 2018 that took place from 26th to 31st August in Paris, Doina Ilisiu from Transelectrica and Andrej Souvent from EIMV presented the paper entitled: “Flexible balancing power services within four control zones, using an e-trading platform – The FutureFlow project”.
They stressed that the integration case based on control demand activation with standard product shows better ACE control quality indices than the other two integration cases, and that integration control demand activation with standard product can be easily integrated into existing load-frequency control. From a reliability and backup procedure application point of view, control demand activation with standard product is the preferred solution.
Introducing the regional cooperation under the selected target model has a potential cost reduction of more than 60%. Observed potential savings incorporate joint benefits of both imbalance netting and cross-border CMOL activation, since the selected control demand activation with standard product envisages that imbalance netting process is implicitly embedded within the control demand optimisation.
Every two years, an Exhibition is organised in Paris, France where more than 8 500 senior executives, engineers and experts from the worldwide power industry participate.
Between the 5th and 9th of August 2018, Miloš Maksić and Dejan Matvoz attended the Power Engineering Society General Meeting (PESGM 2018), which was held in Portland, Oregon, USA. They presented the FutureFlow project in a panel session focusing on energy infrastructure projects in European transmission grids with a presentation titled: “FUTUREFLOW – Cross-border ancillary service cooperation scheme in the EU region”.
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The ETSI Security Week 2018 took place from 11 to 15 June 2018. The event considered the latest cyber security policies, legislative actions, cyberattacks, new applications and hot technologies. The participants discussed the underlying cyber security challenges and resulting technical and standardization actions taken or needed to overcome them.
During the Security Week 2018, our project partner Gemalto promoted the FutureFlow project architecture and the linked security innovations through a poster and presentation on Blockchain.
On 4th July mag. Uroš Salobir, coordinator of the FutureFlow project, held a workshop with presentation at SAP’s premises in Walldorf. The main part of the presentation, titled “Importance of efficient innovation for a reliable and sustainable electricity service – Executive Value Network for TSO’s”, was dedicated to the presentation of THE FutureFlow project, its benefits for different stakeholders and the platforms that will be developed during the project.
At the SEERC Conference (Second South East European Regional CIGRE Conference), held from 12 to 13 June 2018 in Kiev, two FutureFlow related articles were presented. Miloš Maksić from the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute (EIMV) presented an article entitled “Simulation of regional cross-border activation of secondary control reserves within the FutureFlow project“.
Zoran Vujasinović from the Electricity Coordinating Center Ltd. (EKC) presented an article entitled “FutureFlow project: Selection of the target model for the balancing energy exchanges”
Please click on the links to read the articles.
From 10 to 14 June 2018, the 14th Edition of WEC Central & Eastern Europe Regional Energy Forum – FOREN 2018, with the theme “Central and Eastern Europe in the era of energy transition: challenges, investment opportunity and technological innovation”, took place in Costinesti in Romania.
On Thursday the 14th of June, Doina Ilişiu from Transelectrica promoted the project with a presentation titled “Common activation function for automatic frequency restauration process – solutions from FutureFlow project”. She presented the mission of the FutureFlow project, the target model of the FutureFlow aFRR mechanism and simulation data.
The Slovenian project partners, ELES, GEN-I, EIMV, in cooperation with the Energy Industry Chamber of Slovenia organized a first workshop dedicated to prosumers within Work Package 5 and Work Package 6. The workshop took place on the 11th of June 2018 in Ljubljana. The participants were prosumers from Slovenia, which were included in the pilot tests, and prosumers with technical possibilities for offering flexibility.
The project partners presented the purpose and objectives of the project, pilot tests in which some of the invited prosumers participates and their current results and possibilities in offering system services within new business models. The project partners also exchanged opinions and discussed with prosumers about their opinions and experiences within the pilot tests. The prosumers shared their ideas about better cooperation and presented some ideas for improvements.
The project partners plan to organize similar workshops dedicated to prosumers in Austria, Hungary and Romania.
Prosumers from Slovenia, included in the pilot tests, are kindly invited to this first workshop dedicated to prosumers. The workshop will take place on the 11th of June 2018 in Ljubljana on the GZS premises (Dimičeva ulica 13) from 10.00 till 14.00. This workshop aims at:
- presenting the purpose and objectives of the project and pilot tests in which invited prosumers participate, and their current results;
- exchanging opinions and discussing with prosumers about their opinions and experience of participating in the pilot tests.
Download the workshop agenda HERE.
On Thursday, 17. May 2018, EIMV, leading partner of Work package 6, organised a kick-off meeting. Project partners (ELES, GEN-I, CYBER GRID, EKC, Elektro Energija) involved in WP 6 will deal with impact analysis of the performed tests and exploitation of the project results. Objectives of this WP are:
- to quantify the technology and economic impacts of the pilot tests performed by the
- to detail the technical, economic and regulatory barriers to be overcome before proper
scaling and replication of the project results occurs;
- to recommend a deployment roadmap for the most promising use cases studied with the
field tests involving TSO cooperation;
- to propose exploitation plans of the project results owned by the participating nonregulated players.
During the kick-off meeting, the project partners discussed the tasks and responsibilities of the partners on the project and confirmed the work plan.
Mag. Darko Kramar from ELES presented the FutureFlow project at the 9th Conference of Montel Energetika.NET and the Technological Platform for Smart Grids – En.grids018 in Ljubljana (Slovenia). He presented the actual state of including active consumers into the most challenging balancing services, such as automatic Frequency Restoration Reserve (aFRR). In the scope of the project, partners managed to persuade real prosumers from Austria, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia with the sum of 45 MW of DR & DG flexibility to collaborate in the project. Mr. Kramar also stressed that all IT Prototype Platforms have been developed and thoroughly tested and finally the pilot tests with prosumers have started. After one year of pilot testing, the FF project expects to come up with the findings on the actual capability of different technologies to participate in the flexibility services.
On Wednesday 18 April in Basel, transmission system operators from the Alpine region participated in the ENTSO-E organized conference “Alpine Power Links.” The participants considered issues related to major changes in the field of electric power transmission: how the region can contribute with solutions in the area of power market integration, operational and planning coordination and innovation; what the contribution of the region could be to the European electricity system in the interest of customers; what the role of Network Codes is in taking the regional and European integration from promise to practice?
Uroš Salobir, M.Sc discussed the importance of the innovative projects that are being undertaken by ELES for successfully confronting challenges in the field of electric power transmission and fulfilling the common goal – a carbon-free society. One of the projects presented was the FutureFlow poject. Salobir emphasized that the FutureFlow project is looking for new sources of flexibility and ways of integrating it into the most demanding system services, such as providing secondary frequency control. It will also significantly contribute to the unification of flexibility markets and will enable that flexibility fluctuations are carried out with RES, i.e. without fossil fuels.
Christoph Gutschi from CyberGrid presented the FutureFlow project at the 15th Symposium Energieinnovation in Graz. He emphasised that in the FutureFlow project, the system architecture is implementing the TSO-TSO-model, as described in the European guidelines for electricity balancing. According to the TSO-TSO-model, each TSO operates the national balancing markets and establishes the technical rules and guidelines for the connected balancing reserve providers. The balancing service provider provides balancing services to the connecting TSO, which then provides these balancing services to the requesting TSO. Each TSO procures the required amount or reserves in the own grid area, but the real-time-dispatch is performed within the whole grid area of all participating TSOs by means of a least-cost optimization taking into account limited transmission capacities between the control areas.
Gutchi announced that field tests and the demonstration of the FutureFlow system will start in 2018. For this purpose, a demo site system has been developed during the past two years. The tests include:
- the preparation of real flexibility providing units in all four control areas
- the pooling of flexibilities in four individual virtual power plants (VPP)
- the separate connection of all four VPPs to the TSO-hosted FutureFlow simulation platform, where the bidding within the control area is simulated.
The TSO can connect to the Futureflow cloud platform where aFRR bids are forwarded and optimization and control is performed in real-time.
Gutchi concluded by saying that the next objective is the test of aFRR provision from renewable sources.
BRIDGE is a European Commission initiative uniting Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage Projects to create a structured view of cross-cutting issues which are encountered in the demonstration projects and may constitute an obstacle to innovation. The BRIDGE process fosters continuous knowledge sharing amongst projects, thus allowing them to deliver conclusions and recommendations about the future exploitation of the project results.
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18/12/2017 - FutureFlow project presented in winter edition of European Energy Innovation publication
The European Energy Innovation (EEI) magazine blends information from the Energy Industry, Research Organisations and the European Institutions to highlight the significant energy challenges facing Europe today and the innovative technologies being deployed to meet them. In this winter edition, dedicated to smart grids and smart cities, the project FutureFlow was presented.
The magazine is distributed to over 5000 subscribers in Industry, Research Establishments, Academia, the European Parliament, the European Commission and National governments.
You can read it here: European Energy Innovation – Winter 2017
At the beginning of November, Mag. Marko Svetina, Managing Director of cyberGRID GmbH & Co, presented FutureFlow at the 7th World Congress of Smart Energy-2017, which was part of the 9th Chinese Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition. At the conference, there were five forums with speakers from 15 countries, all involved in Smart Energy, Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Solar Energy, Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Technologies. Focus of the conference was the innovation, digital, SmartGrids and the energy transition across the generation, grid and customers value chain.
09/11/2017 - GEN-I presents the FutureFlow project to the producers of electric power from renewable sources and the co-producers of heat and electric power
On 9 November 2017, the GEN-I Group hosted the 8th meeting of the producers of electric power from renewable sources and the co-production of heat and electric power in Krško. It was attended by more than 80 business partners of the GEN-I Group. The representative of the GEN-I group explained that the flexibility of production units represents a source of additional income and will in the future represent an important share in producers’ revenue. He also informed the producers of electric energy from renewable sources and the co-production of heat and electric power that with regard to flexibility, GEN-I is offering new services for its clients. GEN-I is also researching the potential of advanced flexible services where the customers are able to participate in pilot tests within the scope of the FutureFlow research project.
The European Utility Week 2017 took place in Amsterdam, from 3-5 October 2017. It is the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community – experts from utilities, network operators, vendors, consultants, start-ups and system integrators covering the entire smart system value chain.
Project coordinator, mag. Uroš Salobir from the ELES TSO, presented FutureFlow in the framework of BRIDGE, an initiative from the European Commission which gathers Horizon 2020 projects in the field of Smart Grid and Energy Storage (http://www.h2020-bridge.eu/).
The FutureFlow consortium received an excellent audit evaluation by the European Commission at the end of the first third of the project.
The first Periodic Review Meeting with the Project Officer took place on the 21st of September 2017 in Bled in Slovenia.
The participating partners presented the achievements made so far. The emphasis was put on shaping the design for the future secondary regulation market, the situation of development of the platform for aggregating consumers and renewable sources, the platform for regional balancing and redispatching, and the progress in engaging final consumers in the project.
The European Commission representative, Mr Mortier, expressed his satisfaction with the achieved results and commended the work of the consortium and ELES as project coordinator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.