2022 - 2024


Project: Integration and aggregation of energy communities with the Distribution Network (OptiREC)
Funding: MCIN/AEI/EU “NextGenerationEU”/PRTR”
Project ID: TED2021-131365B-C41
IREC Role: Coordinator
Main IREC Group: Energy System Analytics, Josh Eichman
Other PI: Cristina Corchero


The OptiREC project aims to address several of the challenges that limit the effectiveness and proliferation of energy communities. OptiREC develops methods, tools, and solutions for the optimal design, operation, and integration into energy systems and energy markets for local energy communities. To ensure effective implementation, energy communities need to be assessed and integrated from several different perspectives. These aspects include design and internal operation of the energy communities’ participants and assets, aggregation of energy communities and integration into distribution networks as well as design and participation of local flexibility markets and participation in wholesale markets. Specifically, the issues addressed in OptiREC are (1) management of flexibility at community/hub level considering grid interaction, (2) integration into the distribution network and aggregation of energy communities, (3) design of local markets for energy communities and integration into the national power system, and (4) wholesale market participation and optimal bidding strategies for energy communities.

Acknowledgements (in Spanish)

OptiREC (TED2021-131365B-C41) es un proyecto financiado por MCIN/AEI/10.13039/ 501100011033 y por la Unión Europea “NextGenerationEU”/PRTR.