MAGNITUDE aims to develop business and market mechanisms as well as supporting coordination tools to provide flexibility to the European electricity system, by increasing and optimizing synergies between electricity, gas and heat systems.



The project

In the framework of the achievement of the EU Climate and Energy packages for the decarbonisation of the energy sectors, the integration of variable renewable energy sources will put at stake the stability and security of the electricity system: there is a growing need for flexibility provision to ensure a reliable and stable electric system.

MAGNITUDE addresses the challenge to rise flexibility in electricity systems, by increasing the synergies between electricity, heating/cooling and gas networks and associated systems. MAGNITUDE will bring technical solutions, market design and business models, to be integrated on ongoing policy discussions.

The project will define technological and operational means for maximising flexibility provision to the electricity network. It will identify the regulatory framework to bring such flexibility service to the energy markets and will provide enhanced market designs and related business mechanisms.


7 case studies

The MAGNITUDE project is built upon 7 real life case studies of multi energy systems, located in different European countries, under different regulatory and geopolitical environments and with different technological development levels. It will:

  1. Simulate the multi energy systems in the case studies and optimise their operation strategies maximising the provision of specific flexibility services
  2. From existing regulations, propose improved market designs, and integrate them in a market simulation platform for evaluating its performance among the case study countries
  3. Quantify the benefit of pooling flexibilities from decentralized multi energy systems for energy markets through an aggregation platform.

MAGNITUDE results will define policy strategies and recommendations in a pan-European perspective. Achievements will be spread among stakeholders to raise awareness and foster higher collaboration among the electricity, heating and gas sectors to achieve the common goal of a less carbon intensive, yet reliable energy system.

The role of EnergyVille

EnergyVille/VITO leads the work package WP3 on Market design and business models for cross system integration. In the framework of this work package, EnergyVIille/VITO will propose market designs which allow to increase synergies between the energy systems and the gas and heating sectors, taking into account the required coupling between the electricity, heat and gas markets.


EU Grant

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774309. 

Kris Kessels


Kris Kessels

Researcher Energy Markets at EnergyVille/VITO



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