ESS Case / The Netherlands

Couperus (Dutch writer 19th century from The Hague)

Project TitleCouperus [Dutch writer 19th century from The Hague]
LocationNetherlands, The Hague, Ypenburg
Time Period of Project2012-2015 [3 years]
Participating organizationsStedin, TNO. ITHO Daalderop, ENECO, IBM, Vestia, Staedion, Province South Holland.
Link to Project WebsiteIn Dutch:
Key WordLocal storage, heat pumps, power matcher, virtual power plant.

1. Project summary (background)

The Couperus project addressed demand responds by connecting the different physical components in the grid and using the optimising algorithm “powermatcher” developed by TNO. For 300 new build apartments individual heat pumps were installed and connected to the medium level voltage grid with virtual wind power. Using automated demand respond, the heating of the apartments made use of the available renewable wind power while maintaining the desired comfort levels of the residents. Due to the thermal isolation of the apartments, the heat could be stored both in the building and in the soil.


2. Objectives of the project

The aim of the project was to investigate, test and demonstrate a grid configuration that maximises profits for all involved parties and is resilient with respect to future integration of renewable energy sources.


3. Current status & results (outcomes)

No complaints were received from the residents showing that it is possible to experiment without causing inconveniences. The project demonstrated that it is possible to shift loads and avoid expensive grid enforcement while integrating renewable energy sources, maintaining energy security and high comfort levels for the consumers. Some residents however do want to have more active control over their energy usage and insight into the different energy tariffs in time.


4. Barriers & obstacles

New roles within the existing energy law & legislation.


5. Lessons learned & best practices

It is possible to value the existing flexibility in the grid for several parties and use automated algorithms to optimise its usage according to the specific settings and programmed priorities.


6. Key regulations, legislations & guidelines

Existing energy law & regulation.




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