LV-grid Flexibility

“Use Cases and Business Opportunities of Multi- Agent System (MAS) ICT Solutions for LV Flexibility Management” (Juan Manuel Espeche, R2M, on behalf of the MAS2TERING project)

The MAS2TERING project conceptualizes Local Energy Communities (LEC), which are defined as the collection of consumption and/or production nodes that are man-aged by a single energy management entity (ESCO, aggregator, local authority ener-gy department); The nodes of a local community belong to a portion of the grid sup-plied by an individual MV/LV transformer but several local communities, each related to an energy management entity, can coexist in the same geographical area; Local Flexibility Aggregator (LFA): the LFA represents a local community of prosumers within the MAS2TERING framework. Local Flexibility Market: a framework that allows the trade of local flexibility between parties.

This paper describes the use cases and business models opportunities of a Multi-Agent System (MAS) ICT solution for LV Flexibility Management. The MAS platform provides a technological solution that enables new collaboration opportunities between actors in the LV portion of the grid, namely, distribution system operators, ESCOs (in particular Tele-coms) and consumers/prosumers. MAS have potential for efficient decision-making in the LV part of the grid due to the large number devices, users and variables and which makes more efficient a decentral-ized decision making approach. To support the new collaborations and business strate-gies amongst these actors, new business models are required and the ecosystem forms series of multi-sided platform business models. In this paper, the approach to business model development is detailed and 17 resultant business model opportunities are identi-fied. These business models are then mapped to the use cases for future analysis.

Juan Manuel Espeche, R2M Solution, Italy Juan Manuel Espeche holds a MSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Polytechnic of Turin, Turin, Italy and a MSc degree in Renewable Energy coordinated by the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres (EUREC). He has a specialization in Grid Integration and Distributed Generation from the University of Zarago-za, Zaragoza, Spain. During the specialization he has worked on Smart Grids, Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency. In July-December 2015 he has worked as a re-searcher in the Energy Department of the Polytechnic of Turin, with a research topic of the Power Quality (PQ) of Building Integrated Photovoltaic systems (BIPV) connected to the distribution network. Juan has also worked during 2013/2014 as a Telecommunication En-gineer in Telecom Italia Laboratories, performing test and validation of the new generation of Telecom Access Gateway (AG). His major skills are to design solutions and provide consulting of Renewable Energy, Smart Grids, Energy Efficiency and Telecommunica-tions.