In Europe, smart grid association Flexiblepower Alliance Network (FAN) has launched PowerMatcher Suite 15.4 software, which allows grid operators to integrate varying inputs of renewable energy.
Nonprofit foundation FAN, which is seeking to develop an open-source stand for smart grid optimization, said the PowerMatching Suite is aimed at matching local renewable generation, such as solar and wind with flexible demand.
The upgraded PowerMatching Suite 15.4 is a redesign of FAN’s PowerMatcher 2.0, which includes a new ‘congestion management tool’ for electric grids.
The new feature aims to avoid blockages in distribution grids and has been tested in the Dutch city of Lochem, where “parties tested the limits of distribution grid load, increasing customer demand from various electrical applications such as electric cars and other electrical appliances,” said FAN in a statement.
Through the demonstration, participants found it possible to manage grid load by reducing flexible demand, meaning that the stress test could be extended until a further operational limit was reached.
According to FAN, the new PowerMatcher Suite is available as a run-time demo that can be downloaded as a compressed file – ready to be unpacked and run, freely available from the community development website.
PowerMatcher, in different versions, has been successfully demonstrated in various reference cases in the Netherlands and Europe, such as the award-winning PowerMatching city project in Hoogkerk, the Couperus heat pump project in the Hague and the EcoGrid project in Denmark.
PowerMatcher will also be applied in new smart grid projects in Heerhugowaard and Lochem.
Bert den Ouden, chairman of FAN, said: “Participants of our foundation have worked very hard to produce this new version, ready for practical implementation in smart grids everywhere, in Europe and globally.”