Meet the projects: Interflex
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for the energy industry?
Decentralization, decarbonisation and digitalisation constitute global trends that are massively changing our societies, including the energy industry. Combined, they can help us achieve an energy system that empowers customers and reduces carbon emissions - not only in the electricity sector but also in terms of mobility and heating. By seizing this opportunity, the energy industry can reinvent its business models and operational practices and stay on top of tomorrow's challenges.
What do you see as the biggest threat to the energy industry?
A mix of regulatory uncertainty, operational inertia and suboptimal development strategies could lead to underinvestment or to stranded investments. Insufficient policy updates might block promising new business models or technical innovations from deploying their full potential. That's why it is important to keep up the dialogue between regulation, technology and business players - and to disseminate new insights and innovations.
What are the key topics you will highlight at this year's EUW?
InterFlex investigates interactions between energy market players and distribution grids, as well as the benefits they can reap by extending their range of flexibility tools.
For this purpose, six demonstration projects are conducted in five EU Member States (Czech Republic, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Sweden) in order to provide deep insights into the market and development potential of 6 value and innovation streams: energy storage, smart charging of electric vehicles, grid automation, islanding, demand response and sector coupling.
This way, InterFlex, which received funding by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 programme, explores pathways to adapt and modernize the electric distribution system in line with the objectives of the 2020 and 2030 climate-energy packages of the European Commission.