Moscow, Russia and New York, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 11, 2011 – Application and product development services developer Luxoft has announced its new demand management automation platform, DMFusion, which enables utility companies, transmission system operators (TSOs) and energy retailers to develop efficient demand management solutions.
DMFusion works by obtaining OpenADR signals from a variety of sources, generating effective load forecasts and facilitating corrective action on a feeder, transformer and even the individual consumer level. Its complex event processing engine analyzes energy data and converts unique sets of conditions, such as weather forecasts, historical data and spot market prices, into the schedule of curtailment signals.
“Today’s demand response programs focus primarily on peak power events that are relatively rare, but the developing smart grid infrastructure can be utilized on a more consistent basis when advanced demand management systems are in place,” said Michael Minkevich, VP Technology Services at Luxoft. “Such systems take into account customer behavior patterns and external factors, enabling comprehensive demand management, as opposed to a simple peak power reduction.”
DMFusion integrates seamlessly with meter data management, CRM/CIM systems and smart grid infrastructures via both wired and wireless protocols, such as ZigBee, powerline communication (PLC) and proprietary technologies.
DMFusion offers numerous benefits to energy market players. With DMFusion-based solutions, utility companies can improve the power system’s reliability and increase the infrastructure’s utilization, while reducing electricity prices throughout the entire value chain. Additionally, the demand management platform can help reduce carbon footprints by limiting the operation of polluting generation units.
On the TSO-level, DMFusion is designed to prevent faults through its ability to predict the overload on a sub-node. Once the data is analyzed, it then sends curtailment commands to the consumer’s equipment, thus reducing the load for a specified period of time. With the generation forecast, a TSO can make an educated decision to balance the load by tapping into generation capacities or by managing the consumer’s load. DMFusion automates the entire process, so that decisions can be made precisely and on-time using real time data.
The DMFusion platform also provides significant benefits to energy retailers, including easy enablement of dynamic pricing programs and improved client engagement capabilities. Using the DMMessenger cloud-based client alert system, energy retailers can send real-time energy pricing alerts to their customers’ preferred mobile device, such as iPhone, iPad or Android-based devices or web-based application, such as Facebook or Google. As a result, consumers can more closely monitor their energy usage and manage future energy consumption to save money.