BestRES: Best practices for renewable energy aggregators

August 18, 2016
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Client:  The European Commission
Period:  2016-2018


Work

In the BestRES project funded by the European commission, 3E and its partners, including 6 RES aggregators in 9 European target countries, are investigating the current barriers and opportunities for RES aggregators in Europe. In the first stage, we are focusing on existing European aggregation business models taking into account technical, market, environmental and social benefits. In the second stage, we are developing improved business models considering market designs and with a focus on competiveness and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) that are replicable in other countries in the European Union. These improved business models will then be implemented with real data and monitored in the target countries.

Aggregation can significantly accelerate the deployment of RES, help to build a regulatory framework for a widespread application of the business models across Europe and decrease the reliance of renewables on subsidies. BestRES adds value to the EU sustainable energy policy activities because none of the ongoing or completed European projects so far has covered a comprehensive multi-criteria business model analysis for energy aggregators (taking into account RES, storage and DSM technologies integration into the electricity system). An important novelty of our project is the virtual business model implementation using real customer data and the extension of results to other market regions and aggregation levels.