Companies such as Google, Microsoft and Ngenic have very smart products on the market and they can influence the energy balance in the power grids, and they are growing fast. This makes it urgent to investigate how new forms of collaboration between customers, network operators and suppliers of connected products can be done. In this project we empower customer to see how they can be part of the grid optimization.
An important advantage of the intelligent networks is that they allow a more flexible power distribution. The smart networks makes it possible for customers to transfer (parts) of the control of their use to the network company so that it can balance the load on the network in real time and avoid power peaks, something that becomes even more important when customers begin to produce their own energy. Power grid companies must be able to decide in real time how much power it will receive. Such intrusions into customers' use is interesting because it comes at a time when customers are increasingly strongly demanding choices and empowerment.
With well designed services, we want to increae customers interest in smart energy services that allow efficient use of energy and increase comfort. We also want to investigate the outcome, both environmentally and in terms of cost, operational optimization, demand controlled flexibility and load management for customers and network owners and traders. If the project is successful, we calculate an energy efficiency of around 10%, with a 1 MW load balancing effect, which makes it possible to cut power peaks in a small local grid, with a saving of approximately 500 000 SEK/year.
The project will have 500 residential customers in a local grid initially with a free energy services controlling the heat pump. The project studies the conditions and consequences regarding this kind of new forms of cooperation in the energy market.
The project will run until December 2018.