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PlatOne, the new frontier of energy flexibility

PlatOne, the new frontier of energy flexibility

The European project for an open, inclusive energy market was presented in Rome. CEO Maurizio Delfanti highlighted the role of RSE – whose involvement began as soon as the project consortium was created – towards achieving the scalability and replicability of research.

PlatOne - PLATform for Operation of distribution Networks – took off on the 22nd of January, 2020 in Rome. The European project is aimed to foster the broader, stronger market involvement of small renewable energy producers.

With PlatOne, the European Commission intends to find alternative, sustainable solutions to provide energy users and operators with access to an open, non-discriminatory market where energy flexibility is implemented.

Under the project, pilot tests will be carried out in Greece, Germany and Italy, with the participation of 12 partners, including RSE – Research into Energy Systems – as the one in charge of the Work Package developing quantitative methods for analysis and verification of the scalability, replicability, and cost-benefit ratio of the tested solutions.

Indeed, PlatOne intends to boost and enhance renewable energy feeding into the grid, from both an economic and a logistics/instrument-oriented perspective.

Professor Antonello Monti from Aachen University, the project coordinator, said that PlatOne might offer an incredible opportunity to have a tangible impact on the future energy system and on the relationships between producers and distributors.

One of the key pillars of the project's core idea is blockchain technology. This will enable end users to actively participate in the production process and, above all, to give their contribution to  shaping the energy and ancillary services market.

As stated by Francesco Del Pizzo, Chairman of Areti, PlatOne can be a vital step towards developing an ever-evolving energy system, by making peer-to-peer transactions simpler.

“RSE involvement started with the very creation of the project consortium and as a national research body we will commit ourselves to enhancing its results until it reaches completion.

Scalability and replicability are our main goals. The tests will provide a valuable contribution, in that they will bring about multiple benefits with a view to future regulations”.

In the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, the Erupean Commission has allocated 7 million euros for the project to reach its goals by the 31st of August 2023.