REEFLEX solutions will be showcased and cross-tested in 4 key demonstrators across Europe, including Spain, Greece, Switzerland, and Bulgaria. Each of these demonstrations will incorporate different characteristics and scenarios to evaluate their impact across various sectors, such as residential buildings, mobility, commercial establishments, industrial sites, and data centres.
The Spanish demonstrator is located in Zaragoza and its surroundings (Aragon region, in the North-East of Spain). Aragon is characterised by a large population concentrated in its capital city, which, together with the large number of industrial and service companies, generates a great area of energy consumption. The rest of the region has a very dispersed population (rural area) and a large number of renewable generation plants. To facilitate the integration of these renewable sources, it is proposed that all types of energy consumers and prosumers are incorporated into flexible markets, which is why the Spanish demonstrator consists of residential, office and industrial buildings, covering the main types of consumers in the area.
The Greek demo-site is located in the city centre of Thessaloniki and is composed of a set of 50 residential buildings, 3 energy retail stores and one large commercial facility managed by WVT as utility company together with INNO as energy efficiency services provider. Therefore, the whole demonstration area will represent a common EU neighbourhood and will aim at obtaining real experiences on how EU citizens can participate in and facilitate the deployment of flexibility services supporting the grid operators.
Motta district is an urban area with residential buildings, offices, warehouses, and an elderly care home. All prosumers are connected to the AEM distribution network and are served by a 400 kVA substation. The pilot site leverages the existing smart metering infrastructure, with 2 years of 15-minute consumption and production historical data. Moreover, the district has a PV plant and a V2G-ready EV charging column for additional flexibility.
Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital, the largest Bulgarian city, and the 13th largest city in the European Union. It hosts some 1.24 million residents within a territory of 492 km2, a concentration of 17.9% of the country population within the 200th percentile of the country territory. Sofia is the economic hub of Bulgaria.
To achieve a wider coverage and adaptation, the services catalogue will also be replicated in three additional replicators across Turkey, Portugal, and Denmark. In total, the project execution will span across 7 countries. These demonstrations and replication campaigns are based on 8 distinct use cases that encompass a diverse range of consumer groups and enable participation in up to 12 demand side flexibility services.
Holbæk Municipality is a local government situated 60 km west of Copenhagen, in Zealand. Holbæk Municipality covers 578 square kilometers, has 72,000 inhabitants, and employs 4,500 persons. This replicator will involve between 10,000 and 15,000 consumers. These are mostly private consumers, owners of electric cars and Holbæk Municipality’s own electric cars. It aims to establish approximately 150 charging stations in Holbæk Municipality area and all necessary activities will be carried out to have the electricity grid installed, started, and put in operation. The internal unit “Green Transition and Sustainability” of Holbæk Municipality will be responsible for the coordination of this REEFLEX site and will internally act in a close cooperation with citizens, utilities, and associations for this replicator. The Municipality will await the 4 lighthouse demos in the project, and which must be reconciled with the planned roll-out of charging stations in Holbæk Municipality.
TEMSA is one of the world’s leading bus and midibus manufacturer with offices across the world. For replication of REEFLEX solutions, TEMSA will provide their installations located in their Adana plant in Turkey. This R&D centre covers a total area of 9,500 m2 and counts with a 4,500 m2 office building used by over 175 employees daily. An installation of PV system with a total power of 860 kW is already scheduled by the company in parallel to the execution REEFLEX project.
Living Energy consists of a network of living-buildings, which are equipped with meters and sensors, connected to a cloud-based digital platform, in which a variety of building types, energy sources, load profiles and occupancy are collected from these living-buildings. Moreover, the living-buildings are monitored and with the user engagement it is possible to better understand how people use energy and their preferences in real-life.