Demand-Response Capacity Management in Commercial Buildings

With the Danish Government's ambition to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy from e.g. wind turbines and photovoltaics, the electricity grid will experience growing challenges in securing the necessary grid capacity.

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The widespread use of Smart Grid technologies is expected to enable the distribution system operators (DSOs) to automatically adjust the electricity consumption of end-users to the actual load situation in the grid, e.g. by lowering temperature, light or ventilation levels in the buildings.

However, in order to reduce the increasing pressure on the Danish electricity grid, new players are required to ensure the delivery of ancillary services. Some of these new players could be the owners of commercial and office buildings.


Reduce peak loads

The project 'Demand-Response Capacity Management in Commercial Buildings' is testing and developing a new type of IT-based control, which makes it possible to handle demands for both flexibility and reasonable indoor comfort.


The project will demonstrate how the installation an IT-system in two existing office buildings will make it possible to automatically handle the energy consumption of the buildings within the defined comfort levels – as well as enable the buildings to deliver flexibility services to existing flexibility markets. That way the buildings will contribute to the stabilization of the electricity grid in periods of peak loads.


The project results will make it possible for the Danish distribution system operator, TREFOR El-net, to assess the value of the demonstrated demand-response services.


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The value of energy management

In the project, an IT-system is installed in two existing office buildings – Green Tech Center (4,000 m2) in Vejle and the Maersk McKinney Møller Institute (3,000 m2) in Odense – which collects and processes the energy consumption and comfort data. In periods of peak load, the office buildings will be able to adjust their energy consumption and thereby contribute to a stabilisation of the electricity grid.


The project will actively include the users in the demonstration in order to ensure that they maintain a satisfactory comfort level and indoor climate while the building is delivering flexibility into the grid.



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The project period is January 2015 to January 2018.

The project is funded by the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration. Programme (EUDP) and has an overall budget of DKK 8,763,000.



The project partners

Green Tech Center, Insero Software, Insero Business Services, University of Southern Denmark and TREFOR El-Net.

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