The DRIVE project (Demand Response Integration tEchnologies: unlocking the demand response potential in the distribution grid)

DRIvE addresses H2020 call topic area 3 (Demand Response Technologies). DRIvE links together cutting-edge science in Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), forecasting and cyber security with emerging innovative SMEs making first market penetration in EU DR markets. In doing so, near market solutions are strengthened with lower TRL, higher risk functionalities that support a vision of an “internet of energy” and “collaborative energy network.” From the research side, MAS will move closer to real-time operations and progress from a limited number of assets toward decentralized management of a larger number of assets providing Demand Response (DR) services to prosumers, grid stakeholders, and Distribution System/Network Operators (DSOs). The research will deliver a fully-integrated, interoperable and secure DR Management Platform for Aggregators with advanced hybrid forecasting, optimization, fast-response capabilities and enhanced user participation components in a standard-compliant (Open ADR) market-regulated (USEF) manner, empowering a true cost-effective mass-market (100’s millions of heterogeneous assets). The project features 5 pilots across 3 countries consisting of a stadium, wind farm, 7-floor office, tertiary & residential buildings within medium-large districts, resulting in over 25 MW of potential flexible capacity. Direct engagement of 100 households and 2 tertiary buildings (over 1,000 persons) is attained and replication to over 75,000 persons is possible. The pilots will be running in real DSO environment with real engagement of grid players. Overall, DRIvE will make available average 20% of load in residential and tertiary buildings for use in DR, resulting in up to 30% cost-saving (price-based DR) and also maximizing revenue for prosumers (incentive-based DR). DRIvE will also allow a minimum 25% increase of renewable hosting capacity (distribution grid) and up to 30% of overall reduction of CAPEX and OPEX costs for DSOs. The project is female-led and three women serve in management structure positions of responsibility.

DRIvE will be chairing a public workshop on 28th June that will contribute to the CNDP multiannual energy program. To learn more about the DRIvE project, including the consortium and funding call under the H2020 programme, please click HERE.