Demand Response on tertiary site / Tertiary Flexibility

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Location : Grenoble

Project team :  IMT (Institut des Métiers et des Technologies) / Schneider Electric / GEG

Contacts : Damien Fresier (on LinkedIn)

 The project

In the context of flexibility evaluation on low voltage installations, an experimental project takes place in tertiary sites aiming to evaluate and value flexibility potential at a local and national scale.
Three companies are concerned by the project as experimenters:

  • Schneider Electric (SE) with the sites Technopole and Xpole located in the Presqu’île district of Grenoble.
  • The Institute of Techniques and Professions (Institut des Métiers et des Techniques) referred to as IMT. Its site located in the South of Grenoble was chosen to experiment Demand Response as it is equipped by a photovoltaic installation, cogeneration plants and batteries as a Microgrid. In addition to that, IMT is a partner of Grenoble Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) and a partner of Schneider Electric as a school of energy for the company.
  • Gaz Electricité de Grenoble (GEG): experimenter of DR on two sites : Polygone and Europole.

What is demand reponse ?

Demand Response provides an opportunity for consumers to play a significant role in the operation of the electric grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage during peak periods in response to time-based rates or other forms of financial incentives. [source : ]

DR applied during peak periods could avoid the use of thermal power plants that are the most polluting ones. The figure below describes an example of peaks that can be observed on a winter day in France.

The project started in 2018 with a first step consisting in a study and instrumentation of the concerned buildings in order to become “Smart Buildings”, ready to test and deploy Demand Reponse.

What kind of solution was provided? (EMA)

EcoStruxure™ Microgrid Advisor (EMA) to optimize energy consumption, to operate Demand Response and to manage flexibility added to the module Resource Advisor (RA) for Energy Monitoring.

The results

Results of GEG :

  • Instrumentation of two buildings (Polygone and Europole) : sensors, meters, gateways …
  • Monitoring of energy consumption
  • Demand Reponse and Forecast of electrical consumption

Next steps

  • Evaluate the real potential of flexibility of the other sites (Technopole, IMT)
  • Analyze flexibility operations to value the real potential of Demand Response applied to relatively small power, around 100 kW. As a result, an overview of stakeholder’s interests’: Flexibility aggregator, Energy Supplier, Technical solution provider (BMS, technical agregator and electrical equipment) and facility Manager with the current market design of flexibility in France.
  • Exploit flexibility at a local and national scale through Demand Response and Tarif Management.

More info

  • The Project

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we've learned by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

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  • Achieved Impacts

    • 20 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
    • 35,000 tonnes CO2 saved per year
    • 76,000 m² renovated residential buildings
    • 10,000 dwellings connected to a Smart Grid