SO FLEX’HY

#21 SO FLEX’HY

Unlocking the value of renewables by merging them.


THIS PROJECT IS PRESENTED BY EDF GROUP TEAM

Patrick Durand

Patrick Durand EDF Hydro

Stéphane Lascaud

Stéphane Lascaud EDF Store & Forecast

Yannick Phulpin

Yannick Phulpin DOAAT

Gaël Paroïelle

Gaël Paroïelle EDF Renewables

In a word

So Flex’hy is the first virtual local hydro/intermittent-renewables power plant operated in real time.

The project

The mass arrival of uncontrollable energy sources (solar and wind) onto the electrical grid can disrupt the essential balance between supply and demand. This gives rise to increasingly complex grid management and a greater need for flexibility and storage.

At the heart of the commune of Durance, in the Région Sud, the So Flex’hy project showcases the synergy between hydro, solar and wind renewable energy production. This virtual local plant harnesses the flexibility of hydroelectric reservoirs, which take over wind or solar energy production whenever clouds gather, or winds drop. The flexibility of hydropower is therefore supporting the integration of regional renewable energies by limiting grid overload and by contributing to a balanced power system.

These new income-generating services are opening new opportunities for hydropower. The project is easily transferrable to existing hydropower plants in France (and abroad) without resorting to substantial investment, through the implementation of a distance control platform such as the one developed by EDF Store & Forecast.

Why is this a game changer ?

40 times +
Région Sud has set itself a target of rolling-out 40 times more solar power by 2050, relative to installed power as at end 2019.
€ 6M/yr
Maximum saving for grid operators within the scope of the So Flex’hy project in the commune of Durance.
4,5 GW
Of hydropower in France, the flexible nature of which can be further optimised by using a platform such as So Flex’hy.

EDF Pulse Internal Awards Calendar

1

6 January 2020

Launch of the 7th edition of the EDF Pulse Internal Awards.
2

31 January 2020

Registration closes. 330 files received.
3

11 March – 13 March 2020

Selection of the 24 finalist projects by the selection committees.
4

23 March 2020

Announcement of the 24 finalist teams
5

2 November – 1st December 2020

Employees vote for their favorite project.
6

12 January - 13 January 2021

Finalists coaching.
7

13 January 2021

Auditions before the members of the Group's Executive Committee. Awards ceremony.
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13 January 2021

Revelation of the 7 winners!