The transformation of Germany's entire energy system in all sectors requires the targeted use and management of flexibility in the energy system in order to react to the increasing proportion of fluctuating renewable energies (from wind and sun) and thus the strong temporal fluctuations in electricity production.
The aim of the FlexGeber project is to demonstrate new heat and cooling generation technologies and new solutions for increasing and quality assurance of energy efficiency and for the integration of renewable energies. This is done in three case studies – one in trade, commerce and services (TCS) and two in industry. The aim is to show how the individual energy services electricity, heating and cooling can be designed efficiently and how the potential for flexibility in industry and in the TCS sector can be increased by linking them. For this purpose, market and operator models are being developed that address the interfaces between the heat/cooling and electricity sectors and create the integration of TCS and industrial companies into the energy economy.
The identified flexibility options in non-residential buildings will also be integrated into a regional and nationwide energy system and energy market model in order to assess their interaction with the energy system and the associated effects.
The Wuppertal Institute is involved in the project in particular with analyses of user behaviour and optimisation of organisational processes as well as building type identification, potential determination, and tool development.