Flexible Scheduling of Residential Energy Loads, the Optiflex concept

Derboni, Marco and Salani, Matteo and Rizzoli, Andrea Emilio (2021) Flexible Scheduling of Residential Energy Loads, the Optiflex concept. In: FTAL2021 Conference - Sustainable Smart Cities and Regions, October 28-29 2021, Lugano.

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In the context of the Optiflex project, we consider the problem of dispatching grid loads in presence of energy production coming from renewable sources. As renewables are mostly weather-dependent and therefore massively and quickly fluctuating, the unbalance between production and consumption, the over voltage and overload of grid components are just a few of implications. One of the technical measures for mastering these challenges will be the intelligent management of available flexibility in the grid. In order to let the distribution system operators face this challenge, a concept aimed to actively control heat pumps and electric heaters is proposed. This concept is concretised in four main steps: power profile disaggregation of the controllable flexibility, photovoltaic power prediction, power demand estimation of the controllable loads, and loads actuation scheduling. The Optiflex project is currently running its final phase of pilot testing in different areas in the Ticino canton.

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