What is happening in BRIDGE

BRIDGE is an initiative established by the European Commission in 2014 to bring together energy projects, funded through the Horizon framework programmes. The purpose is to create a structured view of cross-cutting issues and identify roadblocks to innovation.

Apart from helping shape EU policy work, BRIDGE is also providing a valuable platform for projects to exchange knowledge and ideas, get inspiration and collaborate. Presently, the community consists of 58 projects with more than 1000 organisations participating.

2021 conclusions and next steps

The activities in BRIDGE take place in four working groups: Data Management, Regulations, Business Models and Consumer and Citizen Engagement, with iFLEX participating in all of them. The following illustration encapsulates the 2021 conclusions and recommendations put forward by the groups as well as the tools that have been deployed, suggested or are being planned. Read the conclusions and recommendations report HERE.

Highlight of BRIDGE 2021 conclusions, recommendations and tools. Adapted from: BRIDGE General Assembly 2022, Conclusions and Next Steps by the European Commission.

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Testing the iFLEX concept

To investigate consumer acceptance of the iFLEX concept, the project has conducted a public survey in the three pilot countries. The results show a general positive attitude towards offering energy flexibility and using iFLEX to manage it, as long as it does not conflict with comfort and the feeling of being in control.

Join us at Sustainable Places 2022

iFLEX is co-organising a workshop on consumer-user engagement in the design of energy flexibility services. Join us on 8th September for some real-life experiences and exchange of knowledge and ideas.

What is happening in BRIDGE

Take a look at the recent conclusions and recommendations from the BRIDGE community on how to unlock energy flexibility in Europe.

Offering the thermal capacity of apartment buildings

The Finnish pilot investigates how apartment buildings can contribute to both power grid and district heating system balance by offering the thermal capacity of the building as a flexibility resource. The role of the iFLEX Assistant is to learn the behaviour of the building in order to forecast available flexibility and to automate the demand-response operations.

Managing electricity price signals

The Slovenian pilot looks at dynamic pricing as a means of adjusting electricity consumption behaviour, signalling to consumers and prosumers when it is best to consume energy. The role of the iFLEX Assistant is to make it easy for consumers and prosumers to manage their response to the price signals.

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