Overview of Results
A roll-out analysis example of the SmartCoDe concept to only 10% of the 40,3 million households in Germany indicated an energy saving potential of 5,2 TWh per year and an additional potential of 1,6 TWh of regulating energy per year, i.e. energy that can either be used to balance the local energy consumption/production curve or that can be provided as a service to the grid operator for the purpose of grid stability. The latter, however, implies that a communication infrastructure will be established on lower grid levels.
The current low level grid does not possess such communication measures to connect the end customer to the grid infrastructure. Low-level grid scheduling in the past has been executed mainly on the basis of experienced consumption data pattern. The setup of a communication infrastructure for the lower grid level, however, would require a significant investment by the grid operators, Return on Invest (RoI) therefore is a key issue. Since there is no indication today how such a potential investment could be regained, the authors of this report suggest regulating measures by national and EU bodies.A second show-stopper is the absence of standardization when it comes to the integration of household equipment into DSM approaches. White goods provider all over the world are currently busy working on DSM-enabled household equipment. However, approaches are proprietary and there is almost no cooperation between manufacturers. A promising step in the right direction is the EC initiative eeSemantics, which focuses on the communication of smart appliances at information level in smart homes. The SmartCoDe project contributed to the initiative with its EupP classification.
Dr. Dieter Treytnar | idw
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