Secure, clean and efficient Energy - REScoopVPP



REScoopVPP: Smart Building Ecosystem for Energy Communities

Setting up a community-driven virtual power plant to provide flexibility services to the grid and to contribute to a grid of 100% share renewable energy

Number of partners: 11

Number of countries: 6

Start of project: 1 June 2020

Duration of project: 3 years

Coordinator: SNAP! Partners

Project description

More and more energy communities are being established in Europe, and an estimated 98 million Europeans are expected to join them by 2050. The EU-funded REScoopVPP project will establish the most advanced community-driven smart building ecosystem for energy communities. This ecosystem consists of a community-driven flexibility box (COFY-Box) and tools to support energy services for aggregators, energy service companies, balance responsible parties and suppliers of renewable energy sources. The COFY-Box is based on existing open-source home automation technology with more than 1 600 integrations, resulting in it being the first entirely open, affordable and easy to install smart home energy controller. It will improve electric vehicles, photovoltaics and electric battery control, and focus on the intelligent integration of sustainable thermal storage and heating solutions.


REScoopVPP is aimed at energy communities and end-users of energy. The project has a different set of objectives for each.

Enable end-users to

  • lower overall energy consumption
  • use primarily renewable energy whenever available
  • coordinate energy use with the availability of (local) renewable energy
  • participate in the electricity market

Enable energy communities to

  • organise themselves as aggregators and retailers of renewable energy
  • increase uptake of local renewable energy generation

Role of Ghent University

The Electrical Energy Laboratory (EELAB) is the main centre of expertise of Ghent University concerning the electrical and multi-energy aspects of the energy transition. In REScoopVPP, EELAB maps the flexibility potential of electrical assets and develops state-of-the-art control strategies to optimise their energy use according to the availability of renewable energy and energy market price inputs.

The UGent Building Physics Group (BFG) is contributing to the creation of knowledge on sustainable, durable and energy-efficient buildings with a healthy and comfortable indoor climate. In REScoopVPP, BFG investigates the flexibly potential of domestic hot water production systems, and how to use them in a flexible yet safe way.




Prof. Lieven Vandevelde
Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering
Phone number: +32 9 264 34 22