The GOFLEX demonstration site in Cyprus consists of two separate pilots.
The first is located at the campus of the University of Cyprus (UCY) and its microgrid. At the university campus, 394.8 kWp of photovoltaic (PV) systems are already installed on the rooftops of various buildings as well as campus grounds. Additionally, each of the campus’ main buildings is equipped with a different Building Energy Management System (BEMS). At the moment, the produced energy is mainly fed into the grid, while the university’s electricity demand is covered by the utility grid. In the near future, the UCY plans to install an additional 10 MWp of PV together with a 1 MWh of battery energy storage at the university campus enabling self-consumption and the provision of flexibility and other ancillary services to the grid.The second pilot will actively involve dispersed prosumers in Cyprus. At the moment, each of the prosumers owns a 3 kWp rooftop PV system to cover the annual electricity demand. In order for the prosumers to participate in the energy market, an energy management system will be added to enable the provision of flexibility and other ancillary services to the grid.
Dr. George Elias Georghiou, Director of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy (Univ. of Cyprus) is leader of PV Technology at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
In my opinion, the special focus of the microgrid case is to explore the flexibility capabilities of a large prosumer, such as the campus of University of Cyprus. The electricity grid of the island of Cyrus is a very weak one, making the flexibility offered by the GOFLEX demonstration sites doubly important. The prosumers participating in the project have interconnected grids making it possible to address grid congestion issues by trading the flexible load of the campus. Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, our microgrid case is so far the only demonstration case covering the public sector.