EnergyVille examines the economic, technological and behavioral aspects of the current and future energy system and advises you about the changes in the short and long term. We monitor energy demand and supply, carry out evaluations and provide advice on energy efficiency, renewable energy and flexibility for companies and local, regional and European policy makers.
Our models for long-term optimization of the energy system are based on the TIMES modeling framework. As a policymaker or company, you can use this to calculate cost-efficient trajectories to a new energy system, based on renewable energy sources and taking into account the climate goals and energy policy.
Tatiana Pasquel Garcia
Energy monitoring and policy advice
The development of a sustainable energy policy for the future requires an in-depth knowledge of past and current energy trends. This is one of the pillars on which the energy monitoring services provided by EnergyVille are based.
The most important reference for energy data in Flanders is EnergyVille's annual energy balance for the Flemish Region, including an inventory of renewable energy and combined heat and power (CHP). The energy balance gives a general overview of energy consumption and production of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources in Flanders. The balance is based on emission reports, surveys of companies and government and general statistics and models.
EnergyVille examines the economic, technological and behavioral aspects of the energy revolution, and advises you on this topic. We do this together with other researchers in European and international networks: the European Topic Center on Air and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC / ACM), search alliance (EERA) and Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programs (ETSAP).
Long-term energy system planning
Energy scenarios are essential when formulating measures aimed at achieving the transition to a more sustainable energy supply. EnergyVille develops optimisation and simulation models to substantiate these scenarios by demonstrating their potential, cost and environmental impact. In addition, we evaluate the conditions under which the proposed energy solutions can be implemented in practice, with the ultimate object of facilitating and accelerating the energy transition. EnergyVille has the capability to contribute to your strategic energy projects, by providing a stable framework that guarantees that your new developments will be of a high quality and are based on a broad scientific foundation.
Interoperable flexibility trading solutions for energy markets
Now that the use of renewable energy sources within our networks is on the rise, there is a greater demand for new technologies and processes that enable those energy sources to be integrated within the existing model. EnergyVille is examining ways in which the electricity network can be run in a stable and cost-effective manner, taking into account the significant availability of various renewable energy sources and the numerous actors that are active in this area.
Interoperability forms a crucial challenge with regard to the energy market of tomorrow. To the greatest extent possible, EnergyVille sets out to examine interoperability issues in a holistic way, focusing upon the technological aspects, as well as upon the economic and social aspects. In order to achieve an energy market ready to tackle the future, there is a need for intelligent control mechanisms, backed by robust ICT systems, coupled with a raft of agreements between the various stakeholders, such as energy companies, network managers and end-users.
Energy market design
The increasing share of distributed & renewable energy resources provide challenges but also opportunities for system operators (TSOs and DSOs), market participants and end consumers. Although they might increase grid problems related to frequency control, congestion management and voltage control, these assets provide new opportunities for market participants to buy and provide flexibility services to optimize the cost of their activity. The emergence of flexibility markets, developments in big data and machine learning, and the roll-out of digital metering are important facilitators, enabling system operators, prosumers and traders to adopt new innovative ways to trade flexibility.
Smart design of markets & products is thereby required to account for the strategic interactions between stakeholders, irrational prosumer behavior or possible market distortions such as technology neutrality, market liquidity and strategic gaming behavior. EnergyVille has advanced market design & simulation capabilities to determine the right market, service or product and models dynamic multi-stakeholder behavior to enable governments and system operators to drive the energy transition in Flanders and Europe.
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