Innovation Strategy Close Out Report - Real Value – Balancing Heat and Electricity Demand
Traditionally, large fossil fuel based generation provided flexibility on our systems. New flexibility technologies such as energy storage, vehicle to grid (V2G), web based domestic control systems, Smart Meters, advanced information sensing, advanced data analytics and new supplier business models are now emerging to take the place plant of large fossil fuel generators and decarbonize flexibility.
The aim of the Flexibility on Our Networks roadmap is to understand the impacts and the possibilities provided by the use of flexibility in the overall electrical energy system and also develop systems and processes that cost effectively enable the provision of flexibility from within the distribution network.
Real Value was a H2020 project to investigate the impact of controllable electric heating to provide a more flexible network and a solution to Demand-Side Management (DSM) at Low Voltage (LV) level. This allowed energy users of all kinds to act as “virtual power plants”. The project was completed in collaboration with Glen Dimplex, EirGrid, Intel, SSE, UCD and Oxford University and included physical demonstrations in Ireland, Germany and Latvia where the Smart Electric Thermal Storage (SETS) units were installed into 1,250 homes.
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