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What is X-FLEX project about?

The need for more flexible electricity markets to match demand with supply is becoming more urgent as renewables are comprising a larger portion of Europe’s energy supply. The EU-funded X-FLEX project is supporting this new era of energy generation. It proposes a set of integrated solutions that will facilitate the optimum combination of decentralised flexibility assets. This will offer grid operators and prosumers flexible grid solutions in the local and wholesale market, creating benefits along the smart grid value chain. X-FLEX solutions will be tested in four pilot sites in three member states – Bulgaria, Greece, and Slovenia. Such flexibility options are instrumental in achieving a secure, flexible, and sustainable grid that can handle supply-demand variability.

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L a t e s t · N e w s

Project Progress

During this period, the project has been focused mainly on the definition of the project foundations and obstacles to innovation analysis and specifically in the use cases and requirements. These use cases identified will be the basis for the definition of the demonstration activities, and the requirements will be the starting point for the development of the project solutions, which means: SERVIFLEX tool, GRIDFLEX tool, MARKETFLEX tool, and X-FLEX Platform.

How has COVID-19 affected X-FLEX?

General meeting of the project consortium planned for May 2020 in Valencia was finally virtual due to COVID-19 crisis. In addition, some dissemination activities such as presentations at conferences or the organization of workshops, could not take place for the same reason. Some of these activities have been organized virtually, and some others have been cancelled or postponed.
On the other hand, it has been also detected a risk in the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the deployment of new systems and installations for proper demonstration and evaluation of X-FLEX developments.
In order to reduce this impact, we will adjust the schedule and move all work requiring on-site and gathering of people to a later stage if necessary, ensuring uptake of safety measures. Moreover, the consortium will ensure timely and transparent communication between the involved partners, notify them of any drastic and notable changes to the original plan.

Sustainable Places 2020

On 29th October (11:00am-12:30pm) X-FLEX will organise and chair the workshop “Sustainable Digital Tools for All Energy Actors Workshop” during the Sustainable Places 2020, which will take place 27-30 October in a digital format. FLEXCoop, Holisder, Synergy, and Flexgrid H2020 projects will also participate in this session.

The objective of this workshop is to present a set of tools ICT tools developed in these H2020 projects that will increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies. Each project will present the digital tools developed in order to provide ICT services and functionalities to the different actors of the energy value chain, which will make them more sustainable and efficient. Sustainable Places prides itself on being an ideal platform for the dissemination of research, the conduct of workshops, EU project clustering, and networking between stakeholders of all types. SP2020 will be held over four days in a digital event format. Between the opening and closing keynote sessions, parallel technical sessions and project-organized workshops will be held on conference topic areas.

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N e x t · s t e p s

1. Definition of the project architecture, based on the project use cases and requirements
2. Definition of the Key Performance Indicators that will be necessary later for project monitoring.
3. Completion of surveys by the pilot site partners, in order to gather the information needed for the development of the project solutions and the proper validation in the demo sites.
4. Preparation of the preliminary pilot sites activities planning.

P i l o t · s i t e s

Luče (Slovenia)

Luče is a remote alpine village with 400 inhabitants in Slovenia. It has a low local network capacity with week middle voltage overhead line connection from near-by town Ljubno. This results in two major problems:
- limited local RES production
- frequent power outages usually due to weather events
Inhabitants of Luče are very engaged in energy related topics and are included in the first local energy community in Slovenia with various distributed flexible units. The DSO in Luče is ELEKTRO CELJE, which is middle sized EU DSO.

How will X-FLEX project help Luče? The project will provide in Luče flexibility to the energy grid from DER (Distributed Energy Resources) by means of community battery, home batteries, PV and EV-charging units, to enable further RES (Renewable Energy Systems) penetration in the LV network that will improve the network operating costs and operational reliability inside the area operated by the DSO. As well as, new ways to provide ancillary services to the DSO/TSO with fair remuneration to all actors involved.

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