The results of the smart energy testing ground ‘EnergieKoplopers (Energy Front Runners)’ in Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands, were announced during a symposium held in Madurodam on November 28. The SESP platform of ICT Group serves as the foundation for the testing ground’s IT solution. Research has shown that future power failures can be prevented if private households and companies switch to flexible ways of using energy. Connecting devices to a smart energy system will reduce peaks in energy demand and supply. As a result, the number of power failures will decrease. Private households will be most willing to cooperate, as long as this doesn’t require any special effort. Some 200 households in Heerhugowaard were connected to an energy system that communicated with a smart in-house device, e.g. an electric boiler. The energy system predicted the electricity demand and supply, as well as the level of flexibility required to align the demand and supply. The smart device in the private homes could activate flexible usage, and the households who used this functionality received compensation. For instance by using solar energy to heat water in their boiler during the daytime, and using this water to take a shower during evening hours. This prevented the electricity network from overloading, and avoided the occurrence of fifteen simulated power failures. Unpredictable energy sources EnergieKoplopers (Energy Front Runners) has proven that this smart system allows network managers to achieve effective reductions in the number of energy peaks if households adjust their demand to the energy supply. Smart energy consumption is required in The Netherlands due to the steady increase in the use of changing energy sources such as solar and wind energy. The increased use of changing sources complicates the predictions of the electricity demand and supply. What’s more, electricity consumption is increasing, and this may result in electricity shortages and fluctuations, as well as overloads of the electricity network. Flexible energy management is a more efficient solution than increasing the capacity of the electricity network. No need for behavioral changes “Thanks to the smart system, there is no need for households to change their behavior. They can take showers when the sun doesn’t shine and do their washing without having to look at the weather forecast. Our next step is to explore other areas in which we can apply the smart energy system”, says Moniek Thissen, EnergieKoplopers’ project manager. IT Infrastructure and SESP platform ICT is a partner in the project, responsible for the IT infrastructure. ICT’s SESP platform is the foundation for the IT solution, providing access to the smart meter and equipment in households, as well as data collection and storage, and user feedback via portals and apps. In addition, ICT is involved in configuring specific USEF processes, which are realized as ‘pluggable business components’ in the USEF reference implementation. For more information and the complete research report, please contact Heine van Wieren.