The technology will use the available flexible power of devices to optimise the use of renewable energy
Energy technology company REstore has embarked on the large-scale deployment of smart household appliances with embedded connectivity and cloud analytics, integrated in a smart city platform.
It is working with telecom operator Orange and Imec, the research and innovation hub for nanoelectronics and digital technologies, to steer the power of the appliances over NarrowBand IOT. The smart power control is implemented through embedded connectivity of the devices and uses REstore’s state-of-the-art cloud analytics.
REstore will use its demand side management platform to enable a city’s residents to adjust power consumption in real-time to the availability of renewable energy. It explains that as more and more household appliances ’know’ when renewable energy is available, they can aim to consume most on those moments.
In this way there is significantly less need for polluting and carbon-intensive power plants, claims REstore, which won the Association for Decentralised Energy Award 2016 and the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award.
"FlexPond is the ideal demand side management platform for smart cities of the future, as it ensures end-user comfort and safety," says REstore co-CEO Pieter-Jan Mermans. "Household appliances such as electric boilers, heat pumps and air conditioning units are surprisingly insensitive to power shifts of minutes or even hours. FlexPond uses the available ’flexible power’ of these devices to optimise their usage of renewable energy in real-time."
"Through artificial intelligence techniques, including deep learning, FlexPond predicts behaviour of household appliances as well as availability of renewable energy. The resulting smart power control allows for cheaper and cleaner energy for city residents while facilitating the growth of renewable energy. It is an innovative, green solution that creates better cities", says REstore co-CEO Jan-Willem Rombouts.
The NarrowBand IOT solution offered by telecom company Orange requires one low-cost and low-power consuming chip embedded in the appliances to allow direct cloud connectivity. The integration in smart city infrastructure, as part of a broad set of IoT city services, has been coordinated by imec.
REstore operates in ancillary services and capacity markets in France, UK, Germany and Benelux. It recently opened a satellite office in San Francisco to explore the US market.
The company’s proprietary platform FlexPond is used by more than 125 of Europe’s largest industrial energy consumers, and a series of utility clients, including five out of Europe’s top-50 largest utilities and grid operators. Jan-Willem Rombouts and Pieter-Jan Mermans founded the company in 2010.
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