The increase of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) has given momentum to demand-side flexibility, led by Demand Response (DR), to counteract the uncertainties of the new electricity system. Meanwhile, consumers, with the help of Demand Aggregators (DA), are becoming active participants by engaging in flexibility actions. As a tool for the experimental assessment of DR, this work integrates a microgrid laboratory with an aggregation platform. To test the environment created and analyse the impact of DR, two consumers have been defined using virtual, emulated and real elements: a residential user with a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) unit and a prosumer equipped with Photovoltaic (PV) panels and a second-life battery.
Keywords Aggregation platform, demand-side flexibility, Demand Response, microgrid laboratory