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A Global as well as Local Flexibility Marketplace to Demonstrate Grid Balancing Mechanisms through Crosssectoral Interconnected and Integrated Energy Ecosystems enabling Automatic Flexibility Trading

The main objective of GLocalFlex is to mobilise demand-response solutions & services in replicated manner for prompt horizontal scaling of flexible local energy systems (LES) by means of easy access and low barrier energy flexibility markets to increase the participation of the consumers across all energy-sectors. The GLocalFlex approach promotes viable interoperable solutions and products at all levels of the grid (consumers, producers, retailers, aggregators & market) by selecting modular standards and tools during development. It allows the overall system of systems to be 1) flexible by means of energy use to provide quality services to grid and 2) flexible by means of its own evolution (to change, upgrade or integrate several appliances, consumers and microgrids to create complex but viable cross-sectoral energy ecosystems). The GLocalFlex concept will allow any Local Energy System (LES), Positive Energy District(PED), community, or appliance to evolve in a consistent way and offer flexibility using suitable hardware add-ons in a cost-effective and systematic manner to expose their full flexible potential. GLocalFlex concept can adopt to any LES size, availability of local resources and regulations. This project will demonstrate near real time, large scale, flexibility trading in six different field locations in Europe. It has consumer and system centric pilots that develop flexibility services and replicate them within the pilot group. The GLocalFlex aims to have completely automated, machine-to-machine flexibility trading and flexibility order execution in LES by means of open, interoperable energy flexibility market and open standard based IT-tools that allows more flexibility consumers to join the market. Therefore, GLocalFlex will push forward the overall integration of disruptive renewable technologies and enhancing the stability of the grid at the same time.

  • Project duration: 01/2023 - 12/2026

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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