1 - How to overcome regulatory barriers to employ balance services and cargo flexibility

The consortium created a Virtual Energy Community concept that operates behind the meters, thus overcoming legal barriers. The services were developed in such a way that the aggregator involves energy assets with private bilateral contracts, which allows the use of distributed energy resources in a collaborative way, which in turn generate community benefits significantly greater than the individual optimization of these energy assets.

2 - How to gain end-users' trust for their active participation
The consortium implemented Blockchain technology on the community platform to increase trust and assist in the management of virtual energy transactions.

3 - How to operationalize community optimization mechanisms
The consortium developed the cyber-physical components that ensure system security that satisfies the low-cost requirements needed to be economically viable.

Key Exploitable Results
1 -  Scheduling algorithms for energy communities
2 - Energy communities (already operational on multiple Cleanwatts EC in Portugal and Italy)
Project partners
Cleanwatts, ISEP, PH Energia, IonSeed

Funded by: COMPETE 2020

Overall Budget: 2 MEuros

Project duration: 1/2019 - 12/2022

Scope: National project (Portugal)

Microfocus: Controlling flexibilities
Evaluation of technical solutions to offer and trigger flexibilities

Macrofocus: Technical realization
Evaluation of technologies to orchestrate a (high) number of flexibilities by using e.g. software services

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