The energy supplier 2.0 - activating households' flexibility potential to provide service and create value

Specht, Jan Martin; Madlener, Reinhard (Thesis advisor); Praktiknjo, Aaron Jonathan (Thesis advisor)

1. Auflage. - Aachen : E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University (2023)
Book, Dissertation / PhD Thesis

In: E.ON Energy Research Center: FCN, Future energy consumer needs and behavior 118
Page(s)/Article-Nr.: 154 Seiten : Diagramme

Dissertation, RWTH Aachen University, 2023


This dissertation introduces the innovative concept of "Energy Supplier 2.0" to leverage decentralized flexibility potentials among private energy customers. This flexibility has the potential to generate significant economic value across a wide range of use cases. To assess its realistic potential, a robust business model is first developed that aligns the interests of customers, energy providers, grid operators, and society. Subsequently, the economic feasibility is explored through Mixed Integer Linear Programming, analyzing the profitability of five key use cases in various combinations. To demonstrate its practicality under real-world conditions, a Deep Reinforcement Learning algorithm is implemented that proves the profitability of managing these use cases in real-time without relying on additional forecasting models. By comprehensively considering all aspects - from business models to economic viability and technical implementation - this work provides insights into how flexible decentralized energy systems could be integrated into the smart grid of the future in a cost-efficient way


  • E.ON Energy Research Center [080052]
  • Chair of Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior [816110]