- Cyber security is at mission critical ancillary service, like aFRR, of paramount importance. The whole aFRR information value chain, from field units up to the market, needs to be sufficiently secured against attacks and fraud. Innovative approach is being led by Gemalto which will set new standards in this domain.
- Integrated balancing markets are recognized to be one of the most important facilitators of the successful renewables integration. SAP is leading the development of a HANA Cloud based aFRR regional market platform, that will allow seamless exchange of biding information between TSOs, conventional players and new market players like aggregators, renewables, storage operators etc.
- TSO SCADA system needs to adopt to cope with the new challenges arising from ongoing energy paradigm shift. New modules are being developed and will be tested against different use cases by partnering TSOs: ELES, APG, Mavir and Transelectrica. These innovative modules will in the future become standard feature of advanced SCADA systems.
- Flexibility platforms used by retailers or independent aggregators to pool flexible loads, renewables, distributed generation, storage etc., are today often used for provision of tertiary reserve (mFRR). A novel aFRR flexibility platform modules are being developed by cyberGRID and 3E, with clear objective to enable alternative resources to become a secure and reliable aFRR asset.
- IoT field units, like compact RTUs and PLCs, used to log and exchange metering data and enable remote control of flexibility resources needs to be reliable, though cheap enough to support mass deployment and sufficient return on investment.
IT is a game changer in business nowadays and can make the difference between staying on the brink of innovation and being a follower. The FutureFlow project is a great opportunity for the energy industry to disrupt the electricity market structure with value-adding opportunities that reflect in overall social welfare, sustainability for energy producers, stability of the energy grids and improved service for the customers.
With extensive experience in Big Data and cloud projects, SAP brings to FutureFlow a novel infrastructure for data and analytics – HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) – that is reliable, powerful and highly scalable. HCP in an open platform-as-a-service that provides unique in-memory database and application services that enables the rapid deployment of new applications or the extension of SAP applications in the cloud.
HCP is already used by thousands of clients, mostly operating in the automotive, retail, healthcare, chemicals, high tech, utilities and oil&gas industries.
- Real consumers and producers (prosumers) of electrical energy were invited to collaborate in FutureFlow as flexibility power test providers.
- The actual prosumers will have the possibility to learn and to prepare for the future market developments, not only on the national but also on the regional level. By including their staff in FutureFlow project, not only theoretical knowledge or informative awareness on balancing services will be raised, but also practical skills of operating flexible technical units under balancing market rules will be developed. The prosumers will also benefit from identifying their technical and technological constraints and assessing their overall readiness for participating in the FutureFlow envisaged balancing market environment.
- The prosumers in the outcomes of FutureFlow will be able to learn from the experiences of pilot participants, which will be published on this website.
- After only a few months of very tight collaboration between energy agents and prosumers strong relationship has already been established.
FutureFlow is addressing some hot topics that TSOs are challenged with nowadays:
- Integration of renewables into balancing markets
- FutureFlow shall test if Demand Side (DSM) and Distributed Generation (DG) units are capable of providing the most challenging balancing services, such as automatic Frequency Restoration Reserve (aFRR), to the balancing markets and to which extent. It shall answer the question which industrial technologies are most suitable for participation in aFRR markets.
- Establishment of regional/EU wide markets for cross-border exchange of balancing and redispatching services
- Four TSOs / four electric power systems, rather different in terms of their size, market maturity, amount of resources capable of providing flexible balancing services etc., are implementing Regional Balancing Platform with Common Activation Function for cross-border exchange of aFRR and redispatch services. In addition to conventional power plants, the participation of DSM and DG units shall enrich the competition and prepare the ground for new entrants on a wide scale.
- With field pilot tests of increasing complexity, the TSOs shall demonstrate benefits for its own electric power systems, prosumers, as well as for broader TSO community.
- Grid Security
- In the environment with significant influence of RES, the concern of grid security has been growing. FutureFlow establishes a very strong link between Grid Security, Consumers and RES. Consumers instead of being passive observers become the guardians of the Power System.
- Implementation of regulatory policies
- FutureFlow is creating environment fit for DSM and DG. Among wide selection of existing balancing products, that nowadays are of questionable usefulness for renewables, FutureFlow shall search for and test which product and its characteristics fit most for DSM&DG.