Our solution for energy optimisation is based on the following key business objectives:
- Creating forecasts for load and generation at different time-frames, in order to determine the nature, duration and frequency of expected network constraints.
- Evaluating the suitability of flexibility services to resolve those constraints.
- Communicating flexibility services requirements to the market and creating commercial agreements for those services.
- Executing flexibility services.
- Sharing information with interested parties to avoid conflicts in flexibility service use.
- Reconcile & review deliver of the services post execution.
The forecasting module allows creation of forecasts for both Demand and Generation. Forecasts can be produced at different horizons including:
- Week Ahead – To enable priming of flexibility services
- Day Ahead – To enable arming of primed flexibility services
- Within Day – To enable accurate utilisation of flexibility services
Data feeds for the forecasting algorithms include weather, location and historic load information.
Forecasts provide the input to our “Capacity Engine” which compares equipment ratings with the forecasts to identify periods where flexibility may be required. The Capacity Engine can also integrate with external Powerflow Analysis tools where required.
The service management module interacts with Flexibility Providers and external Market Platforms to capture “available flexibility” services. These services, along with the output from the Capacity Engine then provide the inputs to the Optimisation process.
Optimisation assesses all requirements for flexibility and tries to respond to them using the available services. The output is an Optimised Service Calendar that is then published back to interested parties.
The optimisation module also plays a role in managing conflict avoidance between other market participants.
The Service Calendar is responsible for the scheduling of flexibility services as well as the co-ordination of these services with other market participants.
Once the requirement for flexibility has been identified, this will be issued to the Market (e.g. Suppliers, Aggregators) via an agreed mechanism. The design of this market interaction and the tendering process will be designed during the project.
The mechanism is likely to include a series of request / responses so that participants can bid for periods of flexibility, but will also include a notification process so that other market participants (e.g. National Grid) have visibility of when flexibility services are being scheduled / used.
Manage & Reconcile
This module provides two main components
- A set of reconciliation reports which will retrospectively analyse each service from both an operational and financial perspective
- A user interface which will allow users to monitor all aspects of the system