Development of a guideline for the systematic identification & evaluation of flexibility potentials in industry

One challenge for electrical power grids is to maintain a constant balance between consumption and generation. The growth of renewable volatile energy sources exacerbates this problem and causing increased effort and costs for system services due to the increasing share of renewable electricity from volatile generation. A method to counteract this are flexibly operated consumers that can be operated in coordination with generation through demand side management (DSM) to relieve and stabilise the electrical supply grid.

However, the identification of such consumers, or flexibility potentials, is very complex and time-consuming due to the diversity and complexity of industrial processes. Each plant and process situation is currently considered individually. In view of these challenges, the overall objective of this project is to find generally valid and structured analysis procedures for the identification, technical description and techno-economic evaluation of electrical, thermal and material flexibility potentials in industry. To achieve the overall objective, the following sub-objectives were set:

  • Characterization of the different industries, their processes as well as their flexibility potentials, with the aim of standardizing analysis procedures for the identification and techno-economic assessment of flexibility potentials.
  • Development of a simulation framework to determine the optimal operating strategy, taking into account mathematical optimization, in order to determine the flexibility potential of a process under various, predefinable boundary conditions.
  • Validation of the developed methods as well as the simulation framework.
  • Summary of the findings in a guideline

This project is funded by the Steiermärkische Landesregierung with resources from the Zukunftsfonds Steiermark and is carried out within the framework of the program „15. Ausschreibung (2022): GREEN TECH X - Die nächste Generation von Kreislaufwirtschaft & Klimaschutz“.


Project duration:  01.07.2023 – 30.06.2025

Project partner: BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH



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