A total of 23 companies and institutions from ten countries are participating in the European innovation project CoordiNet, led by Endesa,. CoordiNet seeks to achieve a more active participation of consumers in electricity markets and harness the flexibility that consumers and small generators can provide to the system and that currently is not being used to improve the stability of the network.
The project, which was launched last Friday at the headquarters of Endesa and will run until 2022, will coordinate transporters, distributors and consumers of electricity to define their new roles in an environment in which electricity flows are no longer unidirectional (from the large generation plant to the consumer), to become bidirectional.
The increasing weight of renewables in the energy generation mix, the advance of distributed generation (small size energy generation sources and close to the consumption point), the development of self-consumption, energy storage or the massive integration of electric vehicles present new challenges for the sector that require updating the roles of all the agents involved. The electricity generation of the future will be renewable, more variable, less predictable and decentralized compared to traditional electricity generation. All this requires greater flexibility to match supply and demand.
All these changes will impact businesses and consumers alike, and will require greater flexibility in the expansion and operation of both generation and demand, to ensure that the electrical system operates safely and efficiently from the economic point of view.
What does the Coordinet project intend to demonstrate?
The CoordiNet project, co-financed by the EU, aims to demonstrate how the system operators (TSO), responsible for ensuring the balance of national electricity systems and manage transport networks (high voltage), and the distributors (DSO), managers of the medium and low voltage network, can act in a coordinated way to buy and activate network services, boost the cooperation of all stakeholders and eliminate the barriers for the active participation of customers in the market.
To do so, CoordiNet will launch three large-scale demonstrators in Spain, Greece and Sweden, in several locations: Cádiz, Málaga, Murcia and Albacete in Spain, Kefalonia and Mesogeia in Greece and Uppsala, Malmö, and Gotland in Sweden.
These demonstrators will involve TSOs, DSOs and consumers, in cooperation with the market agents. The Consortium of participating companies will define and foster standardized products to provide flexibility services to the electrical system (balanced system and congestion management) as well as the platforms needed to develop this new European market.
“Differences aside, and as has happened with platforms in the lodging and transportation sectors, the incorporation to the market of underutilized resources can generate value for the owners of the same, and for the system as a whole. The solutions that will be tested in CoordiNet may enable to take the first steps to implement important changes at the European level and develop key technology for the future,”said Pilar Nieto, head of Network Technologies at Endesa.
In Spain, the project participants comprise Endesa Distribución, Iberdrola Distribución and Red Eléctrica de España. In addition, some renowned research centers such as the Institute of Technological Research of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas and Tecnalia Research & Innovation are also part of the consortium; Málaga City Council and Our New Energy S.L, and companies such as CIRCE and IREC will collaborate, among others.
Participants in CoordiNet: Endesa, Iberdrola, REE, Tecnalia, Pontifical University of Comillas, Our New Energy, Malaga City Council, Vattenfall Eldistribution AB, E.ON Energidistribution, Svenska Kraftnät, Uppsala City Council, Energiforsk, Expektra, RWTH Aachen, HEDNO, IPTO, ICCS / NTUA, VITO, N-SIDE, ENGINEERING, OFFIS, EDSO, ETRALUX