Flexing Futures: REEFLEX’s Energy Revolution with Exploitable Results

In the dynamic energy landscape, the ongoing REEFLEX project offers a range of exploitable outcomes poised to redefine industry standards.  These Exploitable Results (ERs) offer a spectrum of possibilities, from cutting-edge technologies to streamlined processes and interconnected networks, aimed at enhancing engagement with demand-side flexibility markets. In this article, we explore the diverse outcomes of REEFLEX, ranging from advanced analytics platforms to pioneering algorithms and market selection tools. Join us as we uncover how these innovations are reshaping the energy landscape and paving the way for a more agile and responsive future.

Leveraging REEFLEX Exploitable Results (ERs)

REEFLEX Exploitable Results (ERs) represent the outputs generated throughout the REEFLEX project that hold potential for utilisation and impact, whether by project partners or other stakeholders. These outcomes encompass various elements such as knowledge, technology, processes, and networks, which can contribute to future research or innovation endeavours. Furthermore, they may include tangible and exploitable products such as innovations, prototypes, and services.

Engaging in the exploitation of REEFLEX results entails evaluating how these outcomes can be integrated into the development, production, and promotion of a product or process, as well as in the enhancement and delivery of services.

The project’s objective is to develop new flexibility services that enhance the involvement of energy stakeholders in demand-side flexibility markets. In this context, REEFLEX will empower project partners to make significant strides in key Research and Innovation (R&I) lines and technologies, many of which are already exploitable or replicable in other sectors or applications by the project’s conclusion. It is crucial to support partners in crafting an optimal strategy to leverage the outcomes of the REEFLEX project effectively. To accomplish this goal, a comprehensive analysis of commercially viable outcomes within the project has been conducted.

A successful implementation and market penetration of REEFLEX outcomes require an effective exploitation plan with a suitable strategy. In this sense, understanding the unique characteristics of each outcome is crucial.                  

A Closer Look at Exploitable Results

A total of 15 ERs have been identified. Below, a brief description of REEFLEX Exploitable Results along with the expected Technological Readiness Level at the end of the project is provided:

1a. REEFLEX platform

The REEFLEX platform is designed as an interoperable big data platform that streamlines data collection, improves data quality, and incorporates AI services. Atop this platform, a package of services and a suite of interoperable self-contained modules will be deployed. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

1b. REEFLEX Analytics Service 

REEFLEX analytics platform collects, processes, and analyses data to facilitate informed decision-making. The REEFLEX Analytics Platform uses advanced technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence to reveal hidden insights, forecast future trends, and automate decision-making processes. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

2. VERIFY module/add-on 

VERIFY is an additional platform that will be integrated within the overall REEFLEX platform. This web-based platform conducts environmental and cost-focused analyses and computations in accordance with ISO 14040 standards. It encompasses diverse features, including functionalities like Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Cost (LCC), and real-time calculations of life cycle metrics. Additionally, the platform incorporates clustering techniques and economic analysis. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

3. USE module/add-on 

USE is an open-source web-based platform that facilitates the integration of diverse technical, environmental, economic, and social parameters, consolidating them into meaningful indices Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

4. Optimal microgrid management algorithms/add-ons 

Optimal micro grid management algorithms oversee the functioning of various consumer types (such as residential, commercial, data centres, industrial facilities, and extensive electric vehicle (EV) charging points) imposed by optimal participation in flexibility markets and are projected to be executed both in the REEFLEX cloud, in proprietary clouds and on the edge. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 5

5. Flexibility catalogue – 4

The flexibility catalogue relies on a tool that computes the Smart Readiness Indicator for grid and building assets. Simultaneously, it offers details about the manageability characteristics related to flexibility. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

6. Smart flexible appliances – 5

The appliances will link to flexibility markets through sophisticated control solutions seamlessly integrated into the platform. Consequently, end-users will be able to receive suggestions and/or signals to implement both implicit and explicit demand response measures. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7-8

7. IoT with management capabilities – 6            

REEFLEX implements a range of sensors, gateways, and concentrators, to collect and handle data within devices and transmit it to the platform. Algorithms for optimising grid management will be deployed at various levels, addressing diverse flexible resources, and operating in different environments. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

8. Flexible V2G/batteries inverters      

Innovative converters with improved efficiency and power density for a better conversion ratio in DC-based architectures. Their improved capabilities will facilitate more effective flexibility management and the delivery of additional energy services, including phase power balancing, as well as regulation of power factor and voltage. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

9. Universal Battery Management        

Utilizing second-life batteries, a strategy incorporating machine learning-driven algorithms will be integrated into the BMU. This strategy focuses on identifying operational parameters and conditions customised for specific use cases, facilitating the optimal integration and operation. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

10. NILM disaggregation techniques  

ML/DL algorithms enable the disaggregation of both residential (SEL) and industrial (CIRCE) energy loads. This enhances their capability to actively contribute to flexibility services. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 6

11. Flexibility calculation and aggregation tools         

Algorithms are developed to compute flexibility potential at the end-user level, strategies for aggregating these potentials, and requirements for providing flexibility at the grid/DSO level. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

12. Market selection tool           

Utilising the information gathered and processed by the REEFLEX platform, the market selection tool will be responsible for forecasting market behaviour and making optimal decisions regarding energy utilisation and flexibility market bidding. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

13. P2P system                 

A blockchain platform facilitates direct interaction between two parties without the need for intermediaries. The process will be automated through the generation of Smart Contracts. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 6

14. Common market module

The common operating market module at local, national and EU level will empower the establishment of requirements and standards for negotiating flexibility across various regions and among different entities within the trading system. Expected TRL at the end of the project: TRL 7

Development of the Evaluation Methodology in the REEFLEX Project: Progress and Outlook

The main target of the REEFLEX project is to develop a set of services and solutions to increase the participation of energy consumers in demand side flexibility markets. These services and tools will be deployed on four different demo sites along Europe such as Greece, Bulgaria, Switzerland and Spain. Each demo-site offers a unique environment due to its own regulatory landscape, consumers behavior, and energy markets, which ensures variability of scenarios to be considered in the project.

Implementing a Measuring and Evaluation Methodology

Partners of the REEFLEX project have been working since the beginning of the project on defining the methodology for evaluating services and the increase in the rate of renewable energies (RES). This methodology was developed after the first year of life of the project and is based on the International Performance and Verification Protocol (IPMVP). IPMVP is widely used worldwide to evaluate various types of energy conservation measures (ECMs) among others. With some modifications this protocol may be used to evaluate not only ECMs but also other sort of solutions, which is the case of the technological innovations that will be evaluated in the REEFLEX project.

How IPMVP was implemented

Within the frame of the REEFLEX project, the IPMVP was developed by studying the three main factors of the project; Demo-sites, Innovation Pillars, and Use Cases. Innovation pillars were grouped into several use cases, which were subsequently grouped to be implemented into demo sites. After this definition the first step of the IPMVP implementation was a deep study of which information on buildings and technical developments were available. Following a detailed list of Key Performance Indicator was defined.

To accomplish this task, several iterations were conducted by some partners of the project, initially starting with a list of more than one hundred KPIs. This list was reduced to obtain the more significant set of KPIs, finishing with a more manageable but still long list of seventy KPIs. In this definition all the involved partners agreed that was necessary to have at least one KPI per each of the Innovation Pillars in order to be able to evaluate its performance. This KPI list is the core of the main result of one of the tasks of the project which is shown in the deliverable D2.1. PMV Framework and KPIs

Next Steps for The Evaluation of REEFLEX Project Services 

As mentioned in previous paragraphs, while the definition of the PMV Framework and KPIs represents a significant milestone, the process of evaluating the performance of the REEFLEX project is not complete until the demonstration period starts. The demonstration period starts upon the successful deployment and seamless operation of services and tools at the demo-sites, free from errors or glitches. Along this period, the calculations of KPIs will be conducted and the results of them will be compared with a previous period when no services were implemented on the demo-sites (which is considered as a baseline). 

To completely perform the evaluation of the services and tools, Use Cases etc. will be necessary to follow the next steps:

  • Review the KPI list and decide which KPI will be calculated for each of the demo-sites and Use Cases. Depending on which KPI is more adequate for each Use Case and demo-site.
  • Ensure necessary information is available for each KPI, otherwise, check if thanks to the monitoring program and its deployment is possible to achieve it or not.
  • Define the IPMVP option. A, B, C or D, based on the availability of data, ease to calculate mathematical models, etc.
  • Calculate KPIs and define and calculate mathematical models when necessary. 
  • Compare both scenarios; before the deployment of the REEFLEX project services and tools and after.
  • Establish conclusions about the performance of the technological innovations in the REEFLEX project.

Press Release: Empowering Tomorrow’s Energy Landscape – A Year of Innovation and Growth

The REEFLEX Horizon project, a collaborative endeavour involving 27 partners from various countries, celebrates its first-year milestone in January 2024. Launched in January 2023, the project is dedicated to developing practical solutions and services that empower energy consumers to actively participate in demand side flexibility (DSF) markets.

Reeflex illustration

The primary aim of the REEFLEX project is to create an interoperable platform, acting as an energy marketplace that connects stakeholders across the cross-sector energy system. This platform makes flexibility markets accessible at local, national, and European levels, offering customised interactions and services to meet the diverse energy needs of consumers.

Building Strong Foundations

In the past year, the project has achieved significant milestones, particularly in tasks related to measuring performance and establishing robust privacy and cybersecurity frameworks. While some tasks, such as documenting equipment needs and use cases, are still in progress, completion is anticipated by April 2024. This period of foundational work sets the stage for the next phase of the project.

REEFLE Visual Identity

The project consortium has not only built a strong foundation but has also demonstrated remarkable unity through successful project meetings. General Assembly meetings occurred in Cyprus on June 28th – 29th, 2023, and in Turin on November 21st – 22nd, 2023, showcased collaborative efforts and set the tone for the project’s success.

Transforming Energy Management

The consortium has been actively working on standardizing communication protocols among various devices, ensuring seamless integration with the REEFLEX central platform. Additionally, efforts to repurpose second-life batteries for flexible energy storage units underscore our commitment to sustainability and adaptability. Tasks dedicated to developing algorithms for optimising microgrid management and identifying flexibility potential in assets are also well underway.

Core Data Platform Development

The focus on delivering the core Data Platform has progressed significantly. By understanding end-user needs and industry standards, we’ve designed an intelligent data system that supports optimization functions performed by Energy Service Providers.

Preparing for Deployment

While the official commencement is set for the near future, the preparatory work is in full swing. Equipment surveys in pilot sites, installation planning, and defining Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are currently underway. This preparation sets the stage for a coordinated implementation process as the project transitions into its next phase.

Next Steps: Welcoming New Milestones

As the project moves forward, the project will see the continuation of existing tasks and efforts into the new period. Additionally, two new work packages (WP5 “Energy services and interaction with flexibility markets” and WP7 “Guarantees for maximum replication and business models”) will begin operations. These new initiatives will further enhance capabilities in energy services, flexibility market interaction, and the development of robust business models.

As the REEFLEX project reflects on the past year, remarkable progress has been made, laying a solid foundation for the development and deployment of innovative solutions that will shape the future of energy management.

Successful Kick-off meeting in Zaragoza

On January 26th and 27th, Consortium members of the new and ground-breaking EU Horizon project, REEFLEX (REplicable, interoperable, cross-sector solutions and Energy services for demand side FLEXibility markets), gathered in Zaragoza, Spain, to get to know each other and refine the game plan for the four-year project.

The REEFLEX consortium met at Sala Polivalente Zaragoza Dinamiza in Zaragoza, to discuss the new Horizon project, which aims to generate niches of opportunities for new cross-sector energy services provided by SMEs and start-ups in demand-side flexibility markets and to increase the participation of energy consumers in demand-side flexibility markets, with participants from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Turkey, etc.

REEFLEX consortium members

“Increasing the understanding of the project”

«Kick-off meeting is an important moment on every project which increases the understanding of the project, and thus, align partners within the project goals and purpose. Additionally, it’s the first chance to meet the team, allowing to know the people you’d be working with for the next years».

Asier Rueda Hernandez, CIRCE – Centro Tecnológico, project manager for the REEFLEX project
IPR Workshop during the Kick-off

“Unifying the vision of the objectives and the global structure of the project”

During the two-day meeting, the partners refined the work packages, communicated and agreed on which tasks to collaborate on and help each other with – and when.

«The meeting allowed to unify the vision of the objectives and the global structure of the project, not only at organisation level, but also their task developments and their relationship within the project. Of course, it allowed to verify the distribution and responsibilities of the work to do». 

Gregorio Fernandez [CIRCE – Centro Tecnológico], project coordinator for the REEFLEX project.
REEFLEX Visual Identity

Demonstrating REEFLEX: Four demonstrators and three replicators

The project focuses on increasing the participation of energy consumers in demand-side flexibility markets (DSF) by developing a set of viable interoperable solutions and services based on the development of a central interoperable platform. 

The platform will act as an energy marketplace to connect to all kinds of stakeholders in the cross-sector energy system by facilitating their access to any flexibility market and providing a set of interactions and services of the catalogue tailor-made for their energy needs. 

REEFLEX solutions will be demonstrated and cross-tested in four main demonstrators (Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Bulgaria), and the services catalogue will be further replicated in three additional replicators across Europe to achieve broader coverage (Turkey, Portugal, Denmark).

«In the short term, the demonstrator’s requirements and architecture definitions will be analysed in order to define the key aspects for the correct development of the project solutions. In the long term, of course, the successful achievement of the solutions and services of energy consumers demand in DSF markets»

Asier Rueda Hernandez, CIRCE – Centro Tecnológico, project manager for the REEFLEX project.

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