Smart grids and flexibility markets: status of demonstrators and effect of COVID-19 on the demo operation and results

EUSEW2020 | Day 3 | Smart grids & flexibility markets: status of demonstrators & effect of COVID-19

Organized by the Regulation Working Group of the BRIDGE initiative, the session will present clear examples on how the current COVID-19 crisis has impacted the research activities of the H2020 projects exploring new flexibility market mechanisms and tools for smart grid operation.
The objective is to identify how some of the most relevant research projects in this domain have tackled the challenges imposed by this crisis, sharing with the audience and research community their lessons learnt and  strategy to overcome the constraints affecting operation and execution of experiments and demos.

The session will explore:

  1. How projects have faced the availability of resources to run the scheduled experiments. In particular, system operators had to work under strict confinement rules, limiting the time and resources available for certain experiments.
  2. How projects have faced the lack of coherent data during the crisis. Demand patterns have been affected during the crisis, as well as market prices and indicators. Therefore, the data retrieved during the crisis may be non-coherent with data for a usual winter-spring period.
  3. How projects have faced the troubles to cooperate with other non-EU countries. Some H2020 projects had planned collaboration with India and China, among other countries. The crisis has naturally impacted this international cooperation.
  4. How projects have faced the customer engagement procedures during the crisis. Not only projects in advanced research stages have been affected by the crisis. Projects that required to recruit and involve citizens during this crisis may have experienced severe constraints to their planned activities.

The projects participating in the session will present:

  • How the crisis has impacted their demonstrations and experiments.
  • The countermeasures that have been implemented to continue with the research actions in this period of crisis.
  • The lessons learnt for future crisis.
  • The potential changes in the Energy Transition (positives and negatives) triggered by the crisis.

The session will be closed with a round table by all participants, specially exploring how the Energy Transition can be affected by this crisis or future ones (new demand patterns, faster adoption of self-consumption schemas and distributed production, new mobility patters and slower electrification of the transport system, etc…).


Head New Technologies
Project Coordinator
EDP Distribution
IElectrix Project Coordinator
Senior Researcher Energy markets
VITO / EnergyVille
Assistant Professor
Eindhoven University of Technology
Founder and CEO
GECO Global
Business strategist
Vattenfall Electric Distribution