Talk community interview: FutureFlow
- What is for your project the biggest opportunity for the smart energy industry?
Our world is changing and so is the energy field. As we strive to the decarbonised world, we now have more and more electricity produced from renewable sources who have considerably reduced capabilities of conventional, fossil-fuel based power plants to ensure balancing activities and congestion relief through redispatching. There are industrial consumers and dispersed generation units involved in the project, equipped with state-of-the-art devices. These are no longer just ordinary consumers, but can also produce electricity or regulate their consumption. So, from the perspective of the FutureFlow project the biggest opportunity for smart energy industry is to develop technical solutions and business models that will enable and encourage prosumers to actively participate in the energy market and to contribute to the most challenging of all TSO’s balancing services. Therefore, FutureFlow partners are developing prototype solutions which industry could apply in the real economy after the end of the project – prototype platform for the aggregation of distributed generation and demand response and prototype of the regional balancing and redispatching platform.
- What is for your project the biggest threat to the smart energy industry?
The technology itself is not a threat since we have proved that even the traditional passive elements can change their behaviour and operate in the most challenging services. Not individual units, but with certain degree of aggregation. The threat is the interest and motivation on the side of demand response and dispersed generation. Namely, despite intensive stakeholder’s engagement in the field, we have barely succeeded to attract enough prosumers into the project. Therefore, in the absence of clear price signals it is questionable to which extent the prosumers are willing to take part. Last but not least, the willingness and openness of TSOs to which extend they are prepared to open the market for new entrants represents another threat.
- What are the key topics your project will highlight at this year’s EUW?
FutureFlow is running in its third year, so the project already delivered a number of innovative solutions that will be presented at EUW. 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 TSOs to serve as a reference methodology on this field. The FutureFlow project also delivered solutions for development and implementation of information architecture for real-time testing of DR/DG in a multi TSO environment. The project is actually delivering 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.