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Reference Number ENA_10037410
Title Crowdflex: Alpha
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Economics) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Psychology) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 80%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 80%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 August 2022
End Date 01 August 2025
Duration 6 months
Total Grant Value £606,196
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid plc (100.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/10037410
Abstract "CrowdFlex will meet the aims of the SIF Innovation Challenge by establishing domestic flexibility as a novel, reliable flexibility resource of national significance, alongside BAU alternatives in system balancing services, generation capacity or network reinforcement. By offering consumers simple and effective incentives, reflecting whole system challenges (e.g. grid responsive tariffs), it will reduce complexity, bureaucracy and barriers to entry for aggregators to deliver domestic flexibility. This will improve coordination between networks and other system participants, building on the work of the ENA Open Networks Project.By trialling consumer interventions (financial and informational) targeting different system challenges, CrowdFlex will clarify consumers preferences and inform future market designs. Initially, by derating the stochastic portfolio capacity, it will overcome barriers to enable domestic flexibility to participate in deterministic energy markets and flexibility services. In parallel, CrowdFlex will develop innovative approaches that deliver domestic flexibility stochastically improving coordination of emerging innovations across the system.CrowdFlex will work to address these challenges, offsetting system peak increases, which are projected to increase 19% between 2020-2030 (Consumer Transformation, FES 2021), with an unprecedented resource of domestic flexibility (~7GW turn-down, and >10GW turn-up). ESO and DSOs could use domestic flexibility to address a host of operational challenges, across reserve, energy balancing, addressing network constraints as well as supporting capacity and network investment planning. Network innovation is central to CrowdFlex. It covers key network load growth challenges as heat and transport decarbonisation, addressing baseline load and flexibility. By trialling fully system transactive tariffs, including load reshaping and system stress events, CrowdFlex will support network planning and investment decisions. Similarly, investigating responsive load management will improve the economics of existing network assets and target future network and system investments. Discovery confirmed the value of domestic flexibility and improved visibility of baseline demand, and the need to address constraint costs. It identified that portfolios would initially be declared as firm capacities, but a spectrum approach would also mature novel and more valuable stochastic services. CrowdFlex brings together partners spanning the energy system, best placed to address whole system challenges in the following ways: NGESO are the ESO for the entire of GB. They design and procure flexibility services, balance energy following gate closure, and model demand and generation in the FES to plan capacity and network infrastructure investments.Octopus are an energy supplier with a focus on renewable energy and offering their customers innovative tariffs and services to encourage the uptake of flexibility.CNZ provide world-leading expertise in their modeling capabilities, data science, and consumer engagement work. As CrowdFlex seeks to mature stochastic nature of domestic flexibility, theyre expertise will be crucial to model this.SSEN and WPD are DSOs with >1GW of combined flexibility services contracted. The DSOs will provide detailed insight into the their needs and steer on how the conflicts between the needs of ESO and DSOs can be avoided/mitigated.Ohme are a home EV CPO providing smart charging and flexibility services. They are experts in consumer segmentation and have experience in providing domestic flexibility via EV charging.Element Energy are a leading low-carbon energy consultancy. They work across all major low carbon energy sectors, bringing together the different levels of the power system explored in CrowdFlex. They have supported CrowdFlex partners in the previous phases of the project. CrowdFlex aims to develop novel flexibility services and modelling, and evidence delivery reliability to solve whole system challenges. ESO/DSOs can use this innovation to reduce operational costs and reduce capacity and network investments. The system savings from ESO/DSOs and a proportion of the revenue from flexibility services will be passed down to consumers, reducing their energy bills."
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Added to Database 18/10/23