Best practices for renewable energy aggregators

BestRES: Best practices and implementation of innovative business models for renewable energy aggregators

Aggregation can significantly accelerate the deployment of renewable energy sources (RES), help to build a regulatory framework for a widespread application 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.


In the BestRES project, 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, the project is focusing on existing European aggregation business models taking into account technical, market, environmental and social benefits. In the second stage, we will develop 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 EU. These improved business models will then be implemented with real data and monitored in the target countries.

The project is built up around the following structure:

  • Analysis of the existing business models. The focus will be on technical, market, environmental and social benefits that aggregators bring to power markets and systems and the technical, regulatory, and legal barriers preventing optimal deployment of current BMs. The consortium will subsequently look into possibilities for improving business models.
  • Testing of improved business models. We will improve the business models of selected aggregators in the 9 target countries and analyse the competitiveness of the improved business models for selected aggregators. We will also carry out a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for determining non-economic benefits.
  • Selection of business models for real-life implementation. The consortium will assess the feasibility of implementing the business models for each aggregator with a focus on the competitiveness of RES. If the results and feedback from aggregators and stakeholders are positive for real-life implementation, we will define a pilot implementation plan, identify and attract project participants and implement the business model using real customer data. We will give special attention to the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation.
  • Recommendations for the uptake of the existing market barriers. This includes an assessment of the impact on RES-E generation and a development of legal and regulatory recommendations for the target countries.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 691689.

Contact us for more information

Benchmarking predicted and actual production losses

3E investigated the performance of 57 wind farms across Belgium, France and the Netherlands, representing 184 wind turbines […]

Solar Bankability report: Technical risks in PV projects

The Solar Bankability project aims to establish a common practice for professional risk assessment […]

Long term solar yield reassessment

In order to validate and further improve its own methodology, and in answer to an increasing demand for the reassessment of the yield […]

3E opens new office in Paris

3E has recently established its second French office. The office is located on the avenue de Friedland, number 29, in the 8th district of Paris […]

Close to 1GW of solar projects worldwide for 3E in 2015

2015 appears to be a year without precedents for our solar team with new records in terms of number of projects and a continuous internationalization of its services.   Since July 2015, 3E’ solar consultancy team has worked on more than 500 MW of projects in Europe (France, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, […]

Wind Power Forecasting

Delivering state-of-the-art wind power forecasts and research projects on forecast methods and applications […]

SynaptiQ teams up with BlueNRGY

3E joins forces with BlueNRGY, LLC (“BlueNRGY”) to accelerate its global footprint in solar and wind performance monitoring […]

FLiDAR adds another buoy to their fleet

In June 2015, FLiDAR finished the construction and commissioning of the latest version of their offshore wind measurement platform using LiDAR technology […]

Secretary of State visits 3E

Last month, Fadila Laanan, the Secretary of State for Scientific Research visited the 3E offices. Check out the full report of the visit right here […]

A new milestone for SynaptiQ!

    SynaptiQ, 3E’s PV performance monitoring software tool is now connected to more than 1GWp, distributed over 2.000 parks in 16 countries throughout the world! SynaptiQ is a powerful and flexible solar PV and wind portfolio management tool to streamline solar PV O&M operations with intelligent data analysis, maintain oversight and control over solar PV […]

A new passive school in Flanders

3E worked on one of the passive schools built within the Flemish passive school programme. Find out more on this high performing building […]

Press release: Solar Bankability

Discover the “Solar Bankability” project! It’s aimed at improving the attractiveness of investments in Photovoltaics. Read the press release right here! […]

MetaPV infographic

The MetaPV project explained: 50% more solar power in the grid at 10% the cost! […]

MetaPV full report

Find out how the hosting capacity of a given network can be increased by more than 50% at 10% the cost of traditional grid reinforcement […]

Driving the professionalisation of solar industry at the O&M Workshop

With a New Year and new dynamics in EPIA, we have started 2015 with a new zeal to address the important challenges our sector is facing. EPIA and its members, First Solar and 3E, set up a workshop in early January to examine how to address the needs of O&M companies, asset owners and investors […]

A truly green shopping experience!

South-African shopping mall to be linked to PV power plant A 500 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant was designed and is being installed by Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd. (SPS) at Bayside Mall, corner of West Coast and Blaauwberg Roads, Tableview. Once commissioned for the owners and operators of Bayside Mall – Acucap Properties Limited […]

Wind aan de stroom

Due diligence process for complex wind projects 3E has supported the Financial Close of the Wind aan de Stroom project in Antwerp, consisting of 11 to 15 Siemens SWT 113 3MW wind turbines. As Lender’s (KBC bank) Technical Advisor, 3E has undertaken a detailed technical, contractual and financial review of the project and worked together […]