Projects
January 2004 / June 2009

Integrated Project: The birth of a EUropean Distributed EnErgy Partnership - EU-DEEP

EU-DEEP is a project developed to support the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into Electricity systems within a short-medium term horizon. The main concern is to provide answers to tackle the different types of barriers to...

EU-DEEP is a project developed to support the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into Electricity systems within a short-medium term horizon. The main concern is to provide answers to tackle the different types of barriers to DER deployment:

Technology barriers

  • technological recommendations to allow massive DER penetration on the network
  • methodology to assess the hosting capacity, i.e. the optimum DER penetration level at a local scale

Market barriers

  • new knowledge about European market potentials for DER
  • new tools to appraise the flexibility of the end users’ demand in electricity

Regulatory barriers

  • proposals for new electricity market frameworks
  • recommendations on network costs allocations

Three business models have been selected for development in view of valuing the benefits of DER in the system and of optimising this value. They will rely on the aggregation of dispatchable generation units and on the flexibility of end users’ demand in electricity as key sources of value creation.

Main Results and Outputs

Given the size of the project in this section we will focus only on the topic where FEEM researchers have been involved. For a list of the results please visit the project website. FEEM has been responsible, jointly with Tractabel Engineering, to develop Regulatory Models for the integration of DER.

There are three main outputs:

  • A model to determine the contractual relationship in terms of connection between the DSO, the Regulator and the DER investors. The model provides innovative results concerning the definition of unbundling of distribution and generation activities
  • A model to compute and allocate connection charges
  • An analysis of different types of Norm Models for the Distribution network and their potential to include DER

FEEM has also worked on Demand Response, carrying out empirical analysis of the potential of DR in five European Markets. The main objective of the work is to show how to correlate price patterns to different generation technologies and clients characteristics. FEEM researchers have participated to the development and validation of the three Business Models, which are the main output of the project. The contribution has been mainly on regulatory issues and the development of 2020 scenarios for the three cases.

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