The increasing integration of decentralized electricity production from renewable energy sources is often suggested as a key technology striving towards a sustainable energy system, mitigating fuel poverty and climate change. In many countries, the growing share of renewable energy sources (RES) goes in parallel with the extensive electrification of demand, e.g. replacement of traditional cars with electrical vehicles or displacement of fossil fuel heating systems, such as gas or oil boilers, with energy efficient heat pump. These changes on both the demand and supply side impose new challenges to the management of energy systems, such as the variability and limited controllability of energy supply from renewables or increasing load variations over the day.
This framework represents the background of the Annex 67 “Energy Flexible Buildings”, a collaborative project supported by the Energy in Buildings and Communities program of the International Energy Agency. It involves around 40 researchers coming from 16 countries , and aims to find common approach for fostering energy flexibility in building, as the capacity of the building of Annex 67 is going to finalise the activities in 2019 and to release the reports with the main results of the research. Check the website for being updated on the outcomes of the project!