Groningen, The Netherlands — (METERING.COM) — June 18, 2013 – The PowerMatching City project enters its second phase with the initiation of a pilot in Groningen and Hoogkerk in the northern Netherlands in which consumers will test innovative, smart energy services related to sustainable energy choices and cost savings.
The objective is to investigate which smart energy services best meet the consumers’ requirements, in order to implement a sustainable and cost effective energy supply.
“I am delighted that we are taking a new important step towards the energy system and the energy consumer of the future,” said Albert van den Noort, PowerMatching City II’s project manager. “Changes are often achieved through means of open innovation in which players from different backgrounds and disciplines work together. PowerMatching City is a good example of this.”
Using a tablet, participants in PowerMatching City II will be given accurate insight into their own energy consumption and generation down to five minutes. Furthermore, each month they will receive a digital ‘energy shadow invoice’ based on their actual energy consumption. Under the current energy system, consumers pay a monthly invoice based on the estimated energy consumption, while a final invoice is prepared at the end of the year. An investigation will be conducted to determine the savings the consumer can realize this way.
In addition, an assessment will be conducted to determine to what extent the consumer, as part of a local community, is prepared to collectively use as much sustainable energy as possible. The extent to which sustainability is a motivating factor in their own energy consumption behavior will be investigated.
The participating households will make use of a smart energy system in which the demand and supply of energy is automatically matched – not only within the households themselves, but also between the participating households.
PowerMatching City is intended as the world’s first live, total concept smart grid. In the first phase, the feasibility of creating a smart energy grid with corresponding market models using existing technologies was demonstrated. PowerMatching City II takes the research one step further, to focus not only on the energy system, but on the energy consumer of the future. Furthermore, the costs and benefits of the smart energy grids for the various involved parties will be validated in actual practice. Using capacity management and gas, an assessment will be conducted to determine how this smart grid as a whole can operate stably and reliably.
In addition to an increase in the number of households from 18 to 40 in PowerMatching City II, ten electric vehicles have been added to the pilot. A wide scale of innovative energy technologies and equipment will be used, including energy storage, peak shaving, hybrid heat pumps, micro CHPs, smart charging stations for electric transport and smart household appliances.
The PowerMatching City consortium consists of the project partners DNV KEMA, Enexis, Essent, Gasunie, ICT Automatisering and TNO, and knowledge partners Technical University Delft, Technical University Eindhoven and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.