Flexibility models such as flexibility functions, Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF), and FlexOffers are essential to scale the many diverse and incompatible flexibility/demand response solutions to more asset types and more markets through a unified model for flexibilities, which is independent of the type of asset and optimization/service delivered, e.g., spot price optimization or ancillary services. This presentation will describe the advantages and benefits of a standardized flexibility model and the requirements for such a model.
One key requirement is to support multiple energy vectors, most notably electricity and heat.
The presentation will also look into flexibility markets, focusing on emerging distribution level markets for both electricity and heat.
The talk is mostly based on my work on FlexOffers and their use in European Horizon projects such as GOFLEX, FEVER, domOS, Danish projects such as TotalFlex and FED, and most recently FlexCommunity.eu, the European forum for energy flexibility.
Torben Bach Pedersen
Torben Bach Pedersen is a professor of computer science at Aalborg University, Denmark and co-founder of FlexShape, focusing on Big Data Analytics with applications in Digital Energy.
He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, an IEEE Distinguished Contributor, and Member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.
He received the Best Paper Award at ACM e-Energy and an Honorary Doctorate from TU Dresden for his work on managing energy flexibility using FlexOffers, which are used in more than 20 EU and national research projects with thousands of prosumers, and a number of commercial products. He is a co-founder of FlexCommunity.eu, the European forum for energy flexibility.