The iFLEX project is a 36-month Innovation Action Project co-funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation as part of the Smart and Clean Energy for Consumers objective.
The iFLEX project aims at empowering the consumers by making it as easy as possible for them to participate in demand response.
The iFLEX Framework is a collection of libraries, tools and configuration scripts that provide the means for developing application-specific iFLEX Assistants that learn consumer behaviour and the dynamics of relevant energy systems in order to optimize and personalize flexibility management. The iFLEX Assistant thus provides consumers with natural and seamless ways for communicating their requirements and preferences. In addition to making the participation to DR as easy as possible for the consumer, there is a need for effective incentives and market structures that encourage consumers to invest in these innovative DR solutions. To this end, the iFLEX Assistants are customizable for different incentive and market mechanisms to allow exploitation of the solution in different countries.
Although the focus is on electricity, the iFLEX project aims to overcome the current silo-approaches and provide holistic energy management across various energy vectors. Although new technological and market developments offer new opportunities, they also impose new risks for consumers. For this reason the iFLEX consortium includes consumer organization, with special focus on consumer benefits and rights in the energy sector.