Power grids & markets: Our outlook for 2017

The turn of the year is always a great opportunity to look into the challenges ahead. In 2017, we will focus on storage, microgrids, business cases for aggregators, and the digital revolution in the energy sector.

With an increasing demand for energy storage guidance, 3E will expand its storage feasibility tool set. This will allow us to compare the performance and the economic return of different battery technologies for the studied use cases (market arbitrage, balancing and grid services). Jointly with our sustainable building & sites team, we will also dive deeper into the integration of flexibility in buildings.

Under a BTC (Belgian Technical Cooperation) framework contract, we will assess and design electric microgrids for the digitisation of healthcare in rural Africa.

Within other contacts we are also growing our capacity for feasibility studies on renewable microgrids in developing countries, pointing donor organisations to the projects with the highest financial, environmental and social impact.

This year, together with six European aggregators, we will demonstrate improved business cases for aggregators across Europe. Additional workshops will be organised, building further on the fruitful discussions of last year’s workshop on the best practices and bottlenecks of energy aggregation services [1]. Based on these developments we also support financial institutions in assessing the bankability of renewable projects with aggregation and curtailment contracts.

To enable the secure and reliable participation in secondary (aFRR) reserve markets of flexible loads, renewables, distributed generation, storage etc., 3E and cyberGRID will finalise the development and demonstrate a flexibility platform between TSO’s and aggregators [2].

Finally, we continue our energy strategy and policy work as usual, guiding our customers through the digital revolution, changing energy policies and tariff structures, and market trends (peer-to-peer energy trading, blockchain, …).

[1] BestRES, http://bestres.eu/
[2] FutureFlow, http://www.futureflow.eu/