Hamburg and Koblenz, Germany — (METERING.COM) — June 19, 2013 – A partnership has been entered into between independent German utility LichtBlick and Görlitz AG to develop standardized hardware and software solutions to control decentralized ‘SchwarmStrom’ (SwarmElectricity) plants.
These solutions are intended to provide the interfaces between the on-site installation and the software from LichtBlick.
A key challenge for successful decentralization is the intelligent linkage of the mini-power plants and battery storage with a central station. Such intelligent communication enables multiple control functions. Power plants and storage can be centrally controlled and optimized, for example to stabilize the electrical grid. In addition, errors can remotely be corrected in local power plants. The reading of electricity meters is also automated and data can be transmitted directly to the grid operator.
With its SchwarmDirigent (SwarmConductor) software, LichtBlick is developing the operating system for a decentralized energy world. Currently, the SchwarmDirigent successfully controls 800 home heat and power generation plants. This software is the technical basis for further energy services in the small market of the future.
“Our cooperation intends to jointly develop hardware and software solutions which will satisfy the highest demands in terms of efficiency and data security,” commented Gero Lücking, managing director energy sector at LichtBlick. “Intelligent communication technology is the key to decentralizing energy.”
In the future, it is intended to offer the jointly developed technologies to other market participants.