The TotalFlex project is a project under the ForskEL programme - Energinet.dk's programme for supporting research and development within eco-friendly electricity production technologies. The project will run from 2012-2015 and is based on the results of a number of earlier research projects within a.o. Smart Grid and Home Automation.
The project brings together a number of the leading public and private actors within Smart Grid in Denmark:
CISS - Center for Embedded Software Systems at Aalborg
Copenhagen Business School
Daisy - Center for Data-Intensive Systems at Aalborg University
HCI - the Human-Computer Interaction research unit at Aalborg University
More and more power from renewable sources like wind and solar is fed into the power grid. This means a more fluctuating power production and it calls for more flexibility in local production and consumption. The alternative is expensive adjustable fossil based power production from large plants or purchase of expensive power across the borders.
Increase in power consumption from mainly electric vehicles and heat pumps may overload the power grid in the future, especially in peak demand situations. Solutions to this are either to shift part of the consumption away from the peaks or to extend the capacity of distribution grid.