Demand response for all! The RESPOND Project, developing integration of an Active Demand Management solution for residential areas
The RESPOND Project, which started in October 2017 and will end in October 2020, has been involved in the integration of an Active Demand Management solution for residential areas.
The tool aims to automate, control and supervise the processes of active demand management in residential buildings by:
- Implementing cooperative demand management to maximize the use of common energy resources.
- Improving building occupants’ commitment to energy demand and consumption.
- Improving the comfort of building occupants, reducing energy consumption.
- And ensuring system integration and interoperability.
From an economic point of view, RESPOND business model focuses on both building and district levels. Its success is based on economic savings achieved by DR optimization for the multiple participating entities.
Indeed, through interactions with end users, RESPOND is raising awareness by delivering data-driven recommendations for energy demand reduction. It is also influencing end-users behavior, making them an active part of a secure electricity system operation.
Thus, focusing on the end users, the interoperability and optimization, RESPOND project intends to achieve a high replication potential solution, tested in residential buildings with diverse conditions. The solution consists of the following parts:
- UI: 1) Mobile app → Dwelling occupants 2) EMS platform → Energy managers
- Communication between elements→lightweight MQTT protocol to ensure interoperability
- Distributed and specialized repositories for data storage used to calculate optimal energy consumption and measures
That will result in energy and cost savings for stakeholders along the entire energy supply chain, and, if combined with local renewable energy production and storage, it will also lead to a significant reduction in peak demands, resulting in energy and cost savings for electricity grid operators.
The project is currently being tested in 3 pilot sites located in Madrid, Aran and Aarhus, with more than 30 dwellings. According to the project plan, the early deployment was done during the third quarter of 2018, giving time to validate the hardware installation. By now, data gathering process is carried out through an MQTT broker and main ICT-platform features are under test before the 1st version deployment.
RESPOND is part of the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Program, known as Horizon 2020, from which it has received its funding by virtue of grant agreement no. 768619.