The GOFLEX project innovates, integrates, further develops and demonstrates electricity smart-grid technologies. It aims to enable the cost-effective use of demand response in distribution grids, increase the grids’ available adaptation capacity and support an increasing share of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
The GOFLEX smart grid technologies deliver flexibility solutions that are both general (across different loads and devices) and operational (solving specific local grid problems).
GOFLEX supports an active use of distributed sources of load flexibility to provide services for grid operators, balance electricity demand and supply, and optimise energy consumption and production at the local level of electricity trading and distribution systems.
Building on existing, already validated technologies for capturing and exploiting distributed energy consumption and production flexibility, the project develops solutions providing more flexibility for automatic trading of general, localised, device-specific energy as well as flexibility for trading aggregated prosumer energy.
The generalised demand-response services developed in the framework of the project are based on transparent aggregation of distributed, heterogeneous resources to offer virtual-power-plant and virtual-storage capabilities. The sources of load flexibility include thermal (heating/cooling) and electric (electric vehicles charging/discharging) storages. A backbone data-services platform offers short-term predictions of energy demand/generation, and flexibility in order to support effective data-driven decisions for various stakeholders. Smart-grid technologies, such as increased observability and congestion management, contribute to the platform.
The project plans to demonstrate the benefits of the integrated GOFLEX solution in three use-cases, covering a diverse range of structural and operational distribution grid conditions in three European countries.