EnTEC: Digitalisation of Energy Flexibility

Client European Commission, DG Energy

Duration  July 2021 – Februar 2022


For the EU to increase the pace of the energy transition, it is necessary to look beyond the ‘conventional’ wisdom and beyond the energy sector to other trends, science and sectors and scan the horizon for relevant technologies and innovations that can contribute to the energy transition. A multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral monitoring, analysis of and debate on new technologies and innovations is needed to ensure adequate policy responses in support of the energy transition and to feed into the structural dialogues with stakeholders (e.g. on energy market legislation, infrastructure, research and innovation).


To meet these challenges a multi-disciplinary centre of expertise for the energy transition – EnTEC – has been set up that monitors and analyses trends in technologies and innovations that are relevant for the energy transition, in the energy sector but also in other relevant sectors, in particular transport and mobility, industry, the digital sector and cities, homes and buildings. The centres work is also related to the overall aim of creating a (more) sustainable society. Further, the experts of the EnTEC will analyse the impacts of technologies and innovations on the energy transition, provide recommendations for policy responses that guide the energy transition and its impact on and interaction with other sectors and with other policy areas.

Tasks of IREES

  • IREES is responsible for the analysis on demand response potential in the identified use cases in the building sector in EU member states.

  • For residential buildings, the demand response potential of heat pumps will be analyzed for a scenario until 2050.

  • For commercial buildings the analysis focuses on demand response of HVAC systems.

Project partner

  • McKinsey & Company (coordinator)

  • Fraunhofer ISI


Dr. Jan Steinbach
Dr. Jan Steinbach
Eftim Popovski
Eftim Popovski