Flexibility potential of building technology in electrical distribution networks with participation in Annex 67

ForEVER investigates the flexibility potential of buildings to stabilize the electrical distribution networks. The multiphysics simulation platform developed within the project enables the integrated calculation of a variety of possible scenarios, particularly with regard to settlement structure and development of renewable electricity generation yielding insight for planning and adjustment of energy systems. In particular, it support the assessment of grid stability and of the expansion of electricity distribution networks and the identification of technology pathways for buildings and system engineering. An economic assessment of technology paths helps identifying new business models and risks & opportunities for the energy industry.

The simulation environment is flexible, scalable and highly automated. It can accommodate a large number of neighborhoods, with given number of buildings, composition, predominant system engineering, user behavior, network topology, etc.

By time-resolved simulation conclusions about the suitability of certain technologies and their optimal dimensioning and distribution depending on the considered quarters can be drawn. Furthermore, the influence of these thermal-electric plants can be analyzed for the stability of the electrical distribution network. Through the investigation and assessment of a variety of different scenarios, the complexity of future decentralized energy systems is covered and improves the understanding of the system.


Duration: 3 Years

  • Start: 02/2016
  • End: 01/2019

Project partners:

  • Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems (ACS), RWTH Aachen University
  • Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate (EBC), RWTH Aachen University

Sponsor: BMWi – Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, promotional reference 03ET1390A

Further Information: Project Page