First step: Learn the behaviour of the building
The first step is to learn the behaviour of the building and its 90 apartments. The initial version of the iFLEX Assistant has now been deployed in a pre-pilot where the goal is to collect data from the pilot building and validate initial assumptions and proof-of-concept implementations.
Next step: Forecast available flexibility and automate the demand-response operations
The next step is to evaluate the iFLEX Assistant’s capability to forecast the building’s district heating and electricity consumption. This includes execution of demand-response control actions for the building’s space heating system in order to validate the flexibility models of the iFLEX Assistant. During the pre-pilot, the project will invite a few interested residents of the pilot building to participate in the research by evaluating the iFLEX Assistant concept and user interface and providing feedback and ideas for further development.
Connect pilot building to large-scale flexibility platform
In the later phases of the project, the aim is to connect the pilot building into a large-scale flexibility management pilot hosted by the OneNet project. A central goal of OneNet is to provide a European-wide flexibility management platform for Distribution System Operators A nationally regulated party responsible for a stable distribution of electricity through the low-voltage electricity grid in a given area (operation, maintenance and development of the system). and TSOs.
Integrate more buildings with the help of iFLEX
In addition to the OneNet project, the goal is also to co-operate with the MAKING-CITY project. The aim is to integrate buildings located in the Positive Energy District An urban area which uses renewable energy to achieve annual zero energy import and zero carbon emissions. pilot of Oulu, Finland into the OneNet platform with the help of iFLEX Assistants.
The purpose of the planned co-operation with OneNet and MAKING-CITY is to demonstrate and evaluate how the iFLEX Assistants make it possible to utilise the thermal mass of buildings for the benefit of the distribution and transmission networks.