Project

Controlling the hosting capacity by flexible application of RES, storage and demand response - FLEXICAP

Acronym
FLEXICAP
Duration
01 October 2020 → Ongoing
Funding
Regional and community funding: IWT/VLAIO
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Other electrical and electronic engineering not elsewhere classified
Keywords
demand respons storage grid flexibility hosting capacity
 
Project description

The variable and more and more expected flexible consumption of electricity from solar and wind will have to result in increased electricity consumption from renewable sources in the future. The search for a good balance between taxes, decentralised sources and energy buffers on site is essential for optimal energy management in both the private and industrial sectors. The technological possibilities to increase the self-sufficiency and self-consumption of energy are sufficient, but by flexibly adjusting consumption and production to each other, self-sufficiency can be increased even further. However, a new challenge is imminent due to the abolition of the traditional day/night tariff system. This will manifest itself in the form of an active control of consumption due to an additional tariff carrier based on connection capacity (the so-called capacity tariff). Linking the use of renewable energy now to the most optimal storage and this in turn to flexible control based on this capacity tariff and the future variable energy tariffs for medium and small consumers means a new challenge for the network of the future.

The answer to this question is undoubtedly to use and/or increase the integration of renewable energy sources and/or by using storage systems and intelligent flexibility. Various challenging and future techniques will be analysed in order to maximise the proposed optimisation. This will also make it possible to avoid the local expansion of network capacity and to use the flexibility in consumption (demand response) to balance supply and demand of energy (in the future as a function of time-dependent energy tariffs). By contributing to the future need for flexibility, this will also have an impact on the distribution network and increase the potential for integrating electric charging points into the network

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