Based on an analysis of the scalability and replicability (SRA) of iFLEX solutions, the lessons learned from the project and the validation from the pilot sites, iFLEX has outlined a guideline strategy for the replicability of the solutions in other contexts . The recommendations for replicability are presented below, grouped in terms of regulatory, consumer, economic and technical factors.  Download the reference book to see the full analysis and results.

iFLEX solutions

The iFLEX Assistant is an innovative software agent solution that facilitates energy consumer participation in demand responseDemand Response Intentional change of normal consumption patterns by energy consumers in response to external price signals (implicit DR) or incentives to reduce or increase consumption (explicit DR). Both operations can be automated. programmes. The iFLEX Assistant learns the home’s or building’s behaviour and dynamics to provide optimal and personalised flexibility management for the consumer. Furthermore, the iFLEX Assistant provides consumers with natural and seamless ways for communicating their requirements and preferences to tailor the flexibility management according to their needs. It also enables them to manage their household or building optimally, according to predefined goals and constraints. Goals can be defined in terms of costs, PV generation utilisation, environmental parameters, external incentives, DRDR Demand Response signals, etc. Constraints reflect technical limitations and user comfort and social preferences.

Two types of users are supported: building and household residents. The iFLEX Assistant supports the wrapping of a number of building and household energy management systems, which enables accessing data details as well as control capabilities of managed devices. User interfaces are provided to the consumer for the control and management of iFLEX Assistant instances and to the AggregatorAggregator Market participant acting between providers and users of flexibility. The Aggregator bundles flexibility resources (consumption, generation, storage) into a flexibility volume and offers the capability to activate it. for management of aggregated flexibility and participation in diverse DR programs. Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and advanced control techniques are used to help the end user effortlessly balance between goals and constraints, for the benefit of the user and the entire grid.

The iFLEX Framework solution is a collection of libraries, tools and configuration scripts that provide means for the development and deployment of iFLEX Assistants into different consumer/prosumer premises. It consists of four modules that enable the secure interaction between the building assets and the flexibility procurer with interfaces for both. It consists of:

  • Resource Abstraction Interface & Security Data Management
  • Hybrid Modelling and Flexibility Management
  • End-user Interface
  • Aggregator/Market Interface

Recommendations for replicability and scalability of iFLEX solutions

The recommendations are grouped according to four determining factors: Regulatory, economic, consumer and technical.