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EcoGrid 2.0 demonstrates a market for flexible power consumption in private homes

In a future where most electricity will come from renewable energy, there is a need to manage power consumption to match the fluctuating production. When there is no wind - or the sun doesn’t shine - there will be less power, and in these situations it is advantageous that consumers can reduce their power consumption or move it to periods when more electricity is produced. The EcoGrid 2.0 project shows the role of 1,000 consumers in balancing the future power grid by demonstrating an electricity market for flexible electricity consumption from private households.

 

The smart electricity consumers of the future

Over a period of three years, the project will remotely control 1,000 heat pumps and electric heaters in Bornholm to optimally utilise the electricity consumption of the appliances in the electricity grid. Here, the project examines e.g. what electricity customers should be offered if they hand over the control of their electricity consumption, and when the comfort limits are reached.

 

A link between households and the electricity grid

As a partner in the project, Insero is developing and delivering the Aggregator, which will bridge the gap between the assembled households and the electricity grid. There is a need for this link as it doesn’t make much sense for the electricity grid to control one heat pump after its production. However, if you can gather (aggregate) 500 or perhaps several thousand units, it starts to get interesting, and the Aggregator can 'pool' flexible power consumption from numerous households and sell it in the electricity market.

FACTS ABOUT THE PROJECT

  • EcoGrid 2.0 is a development and demonstration project
  • EcoGrid 2.0 replaces the EcoGridEU project and reuses already installed equipment for control and management of heating and heat pumps
  • 1,000 electricity consumers from Bornholm are participating in EcoGrid 2.0
  • Period: 3½ years (January 2016 to June 2019)
  • Budget: DKK 98 million
  • Funded by the Danish Energy Agency’s EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration) programme with DKK 49 million
  • Project responsible: The Danish Energy Association

 

Mads Lyngby Petersen

Senior Consultant, Environmental Economics

Insero Energy

 

malp@insero.com

+45 41 77 01 59

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