Case studies

MAGNITUDE will define technological and operational means for maximising flexibility provision to the electricity system by increasing and optimising synergies among electricity, gas and heat systems. It will identify the regulatory framework to bring such flexibility services to the energy markets and will provide enhanced market designs and related business mechanisms.

As part of its development and validation of results, MAGNITUDE relies on 7 real life case studies of multi energy systems, located in different European countries, under different regulatory frameworks and geopolitical environments, and involving different sector-coupling technologies, stakeholders and business models.

The project will:

  • Simulate the multi energy systems in the case studies and optimise their operation strategies to maximise the provision of specific flexibility services
  • From existing regulations, propose improved market designs, and integrate them in a market simulation platform for evaluating its performance among the case study countries
  • Quantify the benefit of pooling flexibilities from decentralised multi energy systems for energy markets through an aggregation platform.
  • Validate its technical flexibility assessments and the proposed market and business mechanisms based on these cross country case studies.

Direct learning and findings from the project and its case studies, addressing shortterm impacts will be gathered, analysed and will serve to:

  • provide conclusions on lessons learnt,
  • develop a policy strategy to ensure the uptake of the MAGNITUDE results at policy level,
  • issue policy recommendations resulting from an in-depth analysis of the project results.

Thus, the project is expected to contribute to wider renewable energy integration thanks to new services from cross energy carrier systems and higher collaboration among stakeholders.

The map below gives the location of the 7 Case Studies in Europe, namely:

  • Mälarenergi in Sweden,
  • a Paper Mill in Austria,
  • Hofor in Denmark,
  • ACS in Italy,
  • Neath Port Talbot in the United Kingdom,
  • EMUASA in Spain,
  • Paris Saclay in France.

Below is the map describing the geographical dispersion of the Case Studies in Europe.

map describing the geographical dispersion of the CS in Europe

The case studies allow to cover 4 main categories of multi energy systems, as shown below:

  • Industries
  • Large commercial and/or public sites
  • District heating/cooling
  • Individual units

The different types of technologies and networks that will be studied in the case studies are illustrated in the following table.