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Flexibility use case in the municipality of Maia 

OMEGA-X set up four use case families that will showcase the value of having a common energy data space for a particular problem identified by energy stakeholders: renewables, local energy communities, electromobility and flexibility. The flexibility use case will be demonstrated in the Portuguese municipality of Maia, whose infrastructures will be used as sources of flexibility for the electric grid and its data used to deliver advanced data-driven flexibility services.


The development of easy-to-access business analytics and services on top of the existing data, is expected to support the clean energy transition and boost value creation. Providing energy data to a wide-open access platform, could enable stakeholders, such as municipalities, to create new business cases triggering economic and social value from it. 

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Flexibility Use case in Maia (Portugal)

The flexibility use case in Maia aims to demonstrate the performance upgrade that can be achieved for the flexibility identification and provision at local/municipality level when service providers can have access to extended data sets from multiple origins. 

Deploying a smart set of services and solutions serves as a baseline for the demonstration of how a Data Space can be relevant for all energy actors in concrete case studies. Following this idea, a set of Tools/Data Analytics Services are being developed on top of the data gathered and to be supported by the common European Energy Data Space: 

  • Grid observability & validation platform 
  • Flexibility platform for Distributed Energy Resources connection, planning
  • Energy services for prosumers 
  • Energy services for flexibility users
  • Production models for intermittent Distributed Energy Resources 
  • Energy Management System optimization

These flexibility services are enhancing the operational integration of data from different energy vectors (electrical, heat, cooling, gas and mobility) based on the aggregation of multiple distributed infrastructures (social housing neighborhood, public infrastructures such as swimming pools, schools and offices thermal appliances…) operated by a single owner, Maia municipality. In this case, a bilateral business model is expected to be developed to provide economic remuneration for unlocking the flexibility sources.

This use case will enhance new market roles, market participants and energy communities leveraged by the stakeholder’s participation. It will, as well, enable the appearance of innovative business models, triggering economic and social value from it and increasing acceptance and participation of consumers on data sharing for energy services.

It is expected to facilitate the access of industrial organisations to high quality data sources, enabling them to progress and facilitating their knowledge and development of the right skills needed to extract the full potential from databases. This way industry will be better equipped to use shared data as part of their business.

The progression, results and lessons learnt from the various use cases and use case families can be followed in the OMEGA-X newsletter and its website.