Distributed Flexibility

Elia needs to find alternative sources of flexibility from installations connected to distribution systems in order to ensure grid security in the most cost efficient way.

Elia is therefore involved in different projects studying and demonstrating smart ways of exploring flexibility and this even from small consumers in the residential sector.

We are currently conducting a demo on one of our own buildings: the objective is to control the building's power consumption by modifying the operation of specific devices to provide flexibility for the power system's balancing needs. Advanced control algorithms will be used in order to provide grid services and help with the operation of the future power system.

What is
the project about?

Elia has been one of the most active TSOs in the domain of Demand Response in Europe. Big part of the ancillary services in Belgium is currently covered by Demand Response mainly from the industrial sector. In order to facilitate further flexibility from demand, Elia has been involved in different projects studying and demonstrating smart ways of exploring flexibility from even small consumers in the residential sector.

Having exploring the industrial and residential sector, Elia wants to facilitate the medium size consumers (tertiary sector) to unlock their flexibility. In order to get a first feeling of the needs and potential of the tertiary sector, Elia is conducting a demo on one of its own buildings (Building J in the site of Schaerbeek). The objective is to control the building's power consumption by modifying the operation of specific devices to provide flexibility for the power system's balancing needs. Advanced hardware technology and control algorithms will be used in order to provide grid services and help with the operation of the future power system.

What can Elia use and what will be the outcome for society?

Power systems' need for flexibility can only continue to increase. As a result, Elia needs to find alternative sources of flexibility from installations connected to distribution systems in order to ensure grid security in the most cost efficient way.




Key dates timeline

Accessing decentralised flexibility is a complex task that needs to be translated into simple, automated actions that consumers can understand and take on board. As a result, advanced technologies and algorithms need to be tested properly before moving to commercial solutions.

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Elia is not just Belgium's transmission system operator - it is also a key player at European level.