Flow, a four-year project that forms part of the 2Zero partnership (“Towards zero emission road transport”), funded under the Horizon Europe program with a total budget of €9.8 million, was launched in Barcelona on July 5, 2022. With the support of ARERA (the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment), which will fulfil an advisory role, Flow will be led by a consortium of 30 European and international companies, research centers, and organizations working in the field of electric mobility, all coordinated by the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC). The consortium, via a multi-sectoral collaborative approach, brings together key stakeholders from across the European landscape that are committed to improving electric mobility and its integration with the associated infrastructure. The funding was obtained thanks to the proposed innovative developments and positive benefits for the energy system, which include:
Electrification of consumption
Increase in the flexible resources available
Digitalization of sustainable mobility
Increase in the penetration of renewable sources
Reduction in noise pollution
Improved air quality in urban areas.
One of the pilot projects, which are necessary for testing such solutions, will be carried out in Rome. In this case, the large-scale provision of flexibility services from electric vehicles will be tested.