PowerMatcher® for integrated power systems

altPowerMatcher® technology is a distributed energy systems architecture and communication protocol, which facilitates implementation of standardised, scalable Smart Grids, that can include both conventional and renewable energy sources.

The introduction of distributed energy resources in todays electricity grid calls for a decentralised control mechanism to match electricity supply and demand. PowerMatcher® technology is a distributed energy systems architecture and communication protocol, which facilitates implementation of standardised, scalable Smart Grids, that can include both conventional and renewable energy sources. Through intelligent clustering, numerous small electricity producing or consuming devices operate as a single highly-flexible generating unit, creating a significant degree of added-value in electricity markets. PowerMatcher® Technology optimizes the potential for aggregated individual electricity producing and consuming devices to adjust their operation in order to increase the overall match between electricity production and consumption. Current PowerMatcher® technology is the product of an intensive collaboration between VITO and ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands), which pioneered this technology.


Barriers and Drivers
Drivers:
- financial support from the government for R&D of this technology
- growing need in decentralised control of energy supply networks

barriers:
- the system is at the stage of testing , thus barriers related to its application have not been identified
yet

Economic Performance
By optimising the small and large scale energy supply and demand in the power networks the system creates a significant value added in the electricity market. It can create large savings by optimising imbalanced renewable energy supply networks (such as ones based on wind).

Social Performance
social benefits are associated with improved flexibilities for the incorporation of small scale energy producers in power networks. 

Environmental Impact
environmental benefits of this technologi are associated with
- more efficient energy use
- the shift to an energy mix based on renewable energy from small scale producers

Further Information
www.powermatcher.net
www.vito.be

Picture source: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc © , 2009

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