Fraunhofer ITWM pioneers open energy management
Fraunhofer ITWM already provides the technology needed for tomorrow's smart grid.
The expansion of renewable energies is characterized by de-centralized energy generation and storage. When plenty of consumers turn to prosumers that also produce energy, intelligent energy management solutions are needed.
Featuring the open energy management platform mySmartGrid and an upcoming yield forcast technology, prosumers are empowered to maximize their PV on-site consumption with myPVSpy.
Balancing energy production and consumption is made easy with the mySmartGrid platform. Fraunhofer integrates a complete set of devices and web technologies: Based on independent metering and the intelligent yield forecast PVCAST, user-friendly visualizations are generated, as well as schedules for switching devices through flexible home automation components. Combined with de-centralized energy storage in myPowerGrid, the expansion of renewable energies is going to take place in private households.
The technically mature mySmartGrid platform is ready to be applied by retailers such as energy-cooperatives, PV installers and communities of ecologically aware people. Retailers benefit from the commitment to open source technology that allows for tailored systems with minimum effort. Installation and end customer support processes are made as easy as possible. The production-grade remote support system is already built-in.
End customers maximize their return on investment in PV power plants by achieving an excellent price-performance ratio. Additionally, vendor-independent PV monitoring functionality prevents unnoticed yield losses. Recorded consumption and production data can be compared at a glance. Optionally, the platform is extended with HexaBus home automation components for controlling devices.
Please visit us at booth B2/514 on the Intersolar exhibition in Munich from Wednesday, June 13, to Friday, June 15, 2012.
Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik ITWM
Phone: +49 631 316 00-4390
Monika Schappert | Fraunhofer-Institut
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