dimi1This project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and starting in January 2015, aims at using the potential for flexibility in energy intensive industries to facilitate further market uptake of variable renewable electricity and reduce industrial electricity costs, through innovative business models and regulatory improvements. In order to achieve this, work is structured around the following objectives:

- Describe suitable business models for supplying variable renewable electricity to industrial users with flexibility in their demand: Several variations of the business models will be described and adapted to 5 industrial sectors (chemicals, non-ferrous metals, cold storage, steel, and water treatment) and 6 target countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK).

- Develop tools to facilitate adoption of the business models: Model contracts will be prepared, adapted to the target countries and the different business models. Likewise a methodology that assesses the flexibility in industrial units and its value within the business models will be developed and made available. It will be also applied in 6 concrete case studies covering all target sectors and target countries.

- Develop and promote policy recommendations: Based on the project work and in cooperation with all target groups and key actors, recommendations for improvements in the current regulatory and market frameworks in the EU and the target countries will be formulated and promoted.

- Quantify the potential: A top-down and a bottom-up methodology, incorporating a sophisticated power system model, will be used to quantify the potential for further cost-effective grid integration of variable renewable electricity by the exploitation of the industrial electricity demand flexibility.

- Engage more industries and variable renewable energy plant operators: An ambitious campaign will be carried out for engaging the target groups in direct action implementing the business models and informing the interested actors about the project activities and results.

List of CAP people involved

  • Goran Strbac
  • Dimitrios Papadaskalopoulos
  • Danny Pudjianto

List of external people involved

  • Michael Papapetrou (WIP GmbH & Planungs Co KG)
  • Thomas Maidonis (WIP GmbH & Planungs Co KG)
  • Christine Meyer-Hage (WIP GmbH & Planungs Co KG)
  • Pablo Frias (Comillas Pontifical University)
  • Tomas Gomez San Roman (Comillas Pontifical University)
  • Daan Six (VITO)
  • Jef Verbeeck (VITO)
  • Annelies Delnooz (VITO)
  • Dorte Fouquet (Becker Büttner Held)
  • Emmanuelle Raoult (Becker Büttner Held)
  • Fernando Nuno (European Copper Institute)
  • Hans Keulenaer (European Copper Institute)
  • Stefano Cucchetti (SCM Group S.p.a)
  • Gianandrea Sanchini (SCM Group S.p.a)
  • Giuseppe Lucisano (CSR Consorzio Studi e Ricerche S.r.l. - SCMGROUP)