Over 100 representatives from Europe’s leading power companies, universities and research institutes launched EU-SysFlex in Dublin in 07th and 08th November of 2017. EU-SysFlex stands for “Pan-European system with an efficient coordinated use of flexibilities for the integration of a large share of RES “. EU-SysFlex will come up with new types of services that will meet the needs of the system with more than 50 percent of renewable energy sources.
The first meeting of the consortium was organized in Dublin by EirGrid, the Irish Transmission System Operator, who is the overall project coordinator. Electricité de France (EDF) acts as technical co-ordinator of the project.
The EU-SysFlex project won €20 million in funding from the EU framework programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020 under the call H2020-LCE-2016-2017. EU-SysFlex runs for four years, from November 2017 to October 2021.
The project involves 34 organizations from 15 countries across Europe. The consortium includes transmission and distribution system operators, technology providers, manufacturers, universities and research centers.
The project will test a high level of integration of renewable energy sources in the pan-European system. The objective of the project is to create a long-term roadmap for large-scale integration of renewable energy in electricity grids as well as provide practical assistance to power system operators across Europe. The project team will identify improvements to European market design, regulation, operational practices and enhanced system tools.
The Portuguese Demo, led by EDP CNET, will test a Virtual Power Plant and an innovative Flexibility Hub. In the VPP, which will have the participation of EDP Renewables, EDP Produção and EDP S.A. (UNGE), the flexibility is provided by combined large-scale generation, large-scale storage and RES power plants. In the other hand, the Flexibility Hub will test services provision to the TSO by resources connected to the DSO grid, and EDP Distribuição will participate on the demo.