Active Distribution network with full integration of Demand and distributed energy RESourceS (ADDRESS)


The project aimed to enable the Active Demand in the context of the smart grids of the future, or in other words, the active participation of small and commercial consumers in power system markets and provision of services to the different power system participants.


Tyndall Manchester took the lead on Task 5.2 in Work Package 5

Work Package 5, Task 5.2: Acceptance and benefits for the users

ADDRESS developed and tested Active Demand enabling technologies at consumer premises. The objective of Task 5.2, led by Tyndall Manchester, was to focus on engagement with domestic consumers in the context of the field tests, which will be conducted in two tests sites: Spain and France. This study draws principally on sociological and psychological approaches to energy use and the technology transitions literature. This allowed an investigation of changing behaviours and practices both per se and in relation to new technology.

Using different methods from social science, this assessment explored consumer perceptions and response to new Active Demand technology, and identified mechanisms and key factors influencing the acceptance of the ADDRESS concepts and architecture. The aim was to develop recommendations for accompanying measures with regard to social acceptance.

Overall project objectives

ADDRESS wanted to study, develop and validate solutions to enable active demand and exploit its benefits.

To enable active demand ADDRESS aimed to:

  • Develop technical solutions both at the consumers premises and the power system level;
  • Identify the possible barriers against active demand development and develop recommendations and solutions to remove these barriers considering economic, regulatory, societal and cultural aspects.
  • To exploit the benefits of active demand ADDRESS will: identify the potential benefits for the different power system participants;
  • Develop appropriate markets and contractual mechanisms to manage the new scenarios;
  • Study and propose accompanying measures to deal with societal, cultural and behavioural aspects


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