Partnership ICT Group and iwell

ICT Group and battery supplier iwell have signed a partnership in the field of energy storage services. Both parties have a strong focus on the energy transition.

The services of ICT Group and iwell are complementary. iwell offers housing corporations and real estate companies battery solutions to reduce energy costs and CO2 footprint. With this she is building a sustainable energy supply. With the energyNXT platform, ICT offers the possibility to enrich iwell’s services with extensive energy management and reporting functionalities. She is also able to integrate the functionality with various business processes.

ICT Group and iwell are working together to further expand the energy proposition. For example, optimization of the energy flows will be possible and links to the various energy markets will be realized. Through this unique collaboration, customers can have a total solution for batteries, allowing them to determine which functions have to be filled in. “We offer our customers a total solution: energy storage in a battery combined with smart software.”, Says Eric van der Laan, Energy business development manager at the ICT Group.

For further information, please contact Eric van der Laan (eric.van.der.laan@ict.nl).

ICT Group contributes to successful testing ground

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.

USEF wins Smart Grid Network & Communication Award at the 7th European Smart Energy Awards

The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF), a market design for smart energy products and services that enables the trade of flexible energy use, has today been awarded the Smart Grid Network & Communication Award at this year’s European Energy Awards, part of the Annual Smart Energy UK & Europe event held at the Lancaster Hotel, London.

USEF Foundation, established by seven established energy market players sees this award win just two months after officially launching its new flexibility market framework, helping all participants in the energy system to benefit from flexible production, storage and use of energy. The framework delivers one common standard on which to build all smart energy products and services and enables the trading of flexible energy use with the aim of becoming the de facto standard for smart energy systems, and accelerate the many initiatives and connect the various market players.

The 7th European Smart Energy Awards 2016 aim to recognise excellence, innovation and creativity in the Smart Energy Industry throughout Europe and acknowledge those who are playing a defining role in moving the industry forwards. Frits Verheij, Executive Board Member of the USEF Foundation, (and Director Smart Green Cities, DNV GL) commented: “This award win not only recognises the need for the USEF initiative, but also the value it presents to the market as a whole. Because of USEF, all players in the energy system can benefit from consumer flexibility. For example, smart energy projects adopting USEF will have increased relevance and impact. By building on one common standard the transition to a renewables based energy system will accelerate, keeping our electricity supply reliable and improving the development of replicable solutions.”

In the run up to the event, USEF was also shortlisted for Smart Energy Awards in two further categories; Roll Out Innovation of the Year and New Innovation of the Year.

About USEF
The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) provides the international common standard for a unified smart energy market, connecting projects and technologies at the lowest cost. With a value-to-all approach, USEF enables the commoditisation and trading of flexible energy use. The framework defines the market structure, stakeholder roles, how they interact and how they benefit by doing so.

To accelerate the transition to a commercially viable smart energy system, USEF Foundation develops, maintains and audits the framework. Founded by seven key players active across the smart energy chain (ABB, Alliander, DNV GL, Essent, IBM, ICT and Stedin), USEF partners work together to effectively address the challenges of one integrated system which benefits new and traditional energy companies as well as consumers.

www.usef.energy

Press Release: USEF and OpenADR sign strategic Memorandum of Understanding fostering cooperation in connecting and optimizing smart energy systems

  • Memorandum of Understanding aims to support large-scale deployment of demand-side flexibility by establishing a world-wide standard that enables interoperability between appliances and operators of demand response programs
  • Partners to coordinate positions and develop USEF specific OpenADR demand response template(s)
  • Identify synergies and undertake shared marketing activities in Europe 

Amsterdam, November 10, 2015: The OpenADR (Open Automated Demand Response) Alliance and USEF (Universal Smart Energy Framework) Foundation, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that lays the foundation for the two organizations to cooperate on the utilization of demand-side flexibility for optimization of smart energy systems. By working together, the partners aim to accelerate the development of an integrated smart energy future that is energy efficient and cost-effective and beneficial for businesses and consumers alike. PressRelease - USEF OpenADR 20151113 OpenADR is an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate DR signals with each other and with their customers, using a common language USEF delivers the integrated market structure, the tools and rules for commoditization and trading of flexible energy use. USEF specifies the roles, the processes and the data communication basics that enable maximizing the value of flexible energy use. As such, USEF provides a universal framework to accommodate and monetize OpenADR standardization services. USEF Foundation and OpenADR Alliance recognize mutual advantages in cooperation: OpenADR could benefit from USEF’s front-running position in Europe and existing alignment with European initiatives. USEF benefits from the fact that OpenADR is adopted by many equipment manufacturers and the practical experience with US demand response programs. Under the agreement, the two organizations will work together to harmonize the communication methods used to execute the business functions defined by USEF. Both parties will also collaborate on key industry initiatives such as creating and proposing new demand response and flexibility programs, implementation of value add functions for utilities and other energy sector companies. Collaborating with USEF will bring together industry experts and key stakeholders to help make smarter and more connected infrastructures a reality in Europe,” said Rolf Bienert, technical director of the OpenADR Alliance. “Featuring programs and case studies outside of the US in the OpenADR Demand Response Program Guide will help facilitate more DR programs and further product development across Europe. “OpenADR is probably the most comprehensive standard for Automated Demand Response, with widespread support throughout the industry, specifically in the USA. Together with common framework like USEF, projects, products and services will be more rapidly connectable and beneficial for all involved”, said Jeroen Bode, Project Director of USEF Foundation. About USEF The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) provides the international common standard for a unified smart energy market, connecting projects and technologies at the lowest cost. With a value-to-all approach, USEF enables the commoditisation and trading of flexible energy use. The framework defines the market structure, stakeholder roles, how they interact and how they benefit by doing so. To accelerate the transition to a commercially viable smart energy system, USEF Foundation develops, maintains and audits the framework. Founded by seven key players active across the smart energy chain, USEF partners work together to effectively address the challenges of one integrated system which benefits new and traditional energy companies as well as consumers. More information can be obtained at www.usef.energy USEF Logo 20151113 About the OpenADR Alliance The OpenADR Alliance fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification. The OpenADR Alliance is open to all interested stakeholders interested in accelerating the adoption of the OpenADR standard for price- and reliability-based demand response. More information can be obtained at http://www.openadr.org/ Print

Press Release: New market model enables trade in flexible energy use

Vienna, 3 November 2015  – A consortium of seven Dutch energy market players presented the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) during the European Utility Week in Vienna. USEF describes a new market model enabling trade in flexible energy use and helping all participants in the energy system to benefit from flexible production, storage and use of energy. USEF aims to be the international de facto standard for smart energy systems. A standard badly needed to accelerate the many initiatives and connect the various market players.

Buying and selling energy flexibility: everyone benefits
Currently, only major industrial users and power plants are involved in preventing congestion in the distribution system and in correcting the imbalance between demand and supply. With the increasing demand for energy and increased supplies of energy from sustainable sources (which is less predictable), more flexibility is required to maintain reliability at the lowest possible cost. Thanks to USEF, beside the traditional energy market of demand and supply, a market for the better distribution of demand and supply can arise, that includes consumers as well.

“With a clear vision, detailed specifications and the first active pilot projects in the market, USEF offers European market players and policy makers a concrete solution for an integrated flexibility market,” says Jeroen Bode, Director of the USEF Foundation. “USEF brings together energy consumers, suppliers and grid operators and enables them to buy and sell flexibility through a flexibility market. The consumer provides flexibility allowing them to reduce their energy bills. With this flexibility, the supplier can take full advantage of the supply of sustainable energy and the grid operator can avoid investments in grid expansion. Everyone benefits.”

The consumer is central thanks to a new role: the USEF Aggregator
In the documents presented today, USEF describes the flexibility market with its underlying processes, roles and responsibilities in detail. A central role is set aside for the (small) corporate and private energy consumer, as the most important supplier of flexibility. Since the market demands increased flexibility and the trade in flexibility is intensive and complex, USEF introduces a new market role: the USEF Aggregator. This role combines the small amounts of flexibility from consumers, offers this in its entirety to suppliers and grid operators and ensures transparent charges.

USEF fits on top of existing market models and accelerates smart energy innovations
USEF describes the entire energy system and, in its methodology, builds on the processes as they currently apply in most European markets. USEF hereby connects the traditional market and the flexibility market, locally and internationally. The universal framework stands for a unified standard, a ‘motherboard’ with an open IT architecture, whereby existing projects can be connected and enabling the acceleration of innovations in the field of smart energy.

USEF - John Hodemaekers 20151113Photo: John Hodemaekers, chairman of the board of Stichting USEF, reveals Universal Smart Energy Framework

The standard, the specifications and the Privacy & Security Guideline of USEF are free to download as of today from the website www.usef.energyUSEF - extended market 20151113

About USEF
The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) provides the international common standard for a unified smart energy market, connecting projects and technologies at the lowest cost. With a value-to-all approach, USEF enables the commoditisation and trading of flexible energy use. The framework defines the market structure, stakeholder roles, how they interact and how they benefit by doing so.

To accelerate the transition to a commercially viable smart energy system, USEF Foundation develops, maintains and audits the framework. Founded by seven key players active across the smart energy chain (ABB, Alliander, DNV GL, Essent, IBM, ICT and Stedin), USEF partners work together to effectively address the challenges of one integrated system which benefits new and traditional energy companies as well as consumers.

www.usef.energy

More translations of this press release (German, French, Danish and Dutch) are available through USEFs website: www.usef.energy/News-Reads/presskit.aspx

More information:
Emilie van Rappard
pressrelations@usef.info
+31 6 45 75 28 19

ICT and Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM) acquire stake in GreenFlux

System integrator and technical services provider ICT and the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM) have signed a letter of intent (LOI), stating their intention to invest in GreenFlux, a charging point operator and services provider for electric vehicles. The investment will help GreenFlux to strengthen its position in the fast-growing market for electric vehicles and give the company the opportunity to accelerate the introduction of innovative charging services. The cooperation with BOM and ICT creates a unique combination of expertise in electric transportation, the energy sector and innovative IT solutions.

Strong growth in electric vehicle use

The use of electric vehicles is set to grow enormously in Western Europe. In addition to the growth in the number of electric cars, battery capacity is also expected to increase, which will in turn accelerate the growth in charging capacity.

ICT

Aart Wegink, Sales Director ICT Emerging Solutions: “ICT has made a large number of investments in solutions for the energy market in recent years and is involved in a number of Smart Energy projects such as USEF, Stad van de Zon (City of the Sun) and PowerMatching City. We have noted that solutions for the management and control of decentralised electricity generation and consumption have become essential. The growth in electric vehicle use will continue to increase the dynamics of energy consumption. The combined investment with BOM and the cooperation with GreenFlux is a good fit with ICT’s proposition in the energy market.”

BOM

The Brabante Ontwikkelings Maatschappij boosts the economy of the Brabant region by encouraging cooperation between companies, public sector bodies and other organisations, and by attracting foreign companies, developing business locations and making risk-bearing investments in new and growing innovative companies.

GreenFlux

GreenFlux has been active in the market for electric vehicle use since 2012. In recent years, GreenFlux has developed a unique platform together with ICT. This has created opportunities for innovative services such as Smart Charging, which makes the platform extremely suitable for larger charging environments.

ICT and Farmertronics announce partnership

ICT and Farmertronics BV announce a partnership Today ICT (ICT) and Farmertronics BV in Deurne announce a partnership. Farmertronics is developing an advanced unmanned clean tech tractor for the agriculture market. This tractor will run on hydrogen produced locally at the clean tech farm from solar and wind energy. With this development Farmertronics wants to make a next step in smart and sustainable farming. Together ICT and Farmertronics will develop the Electronic Control Units (ECU’s) to control the unmanned clean tech tractor. ICT provides its Model based development Production Platform: Motar, consisting of the ECU’s hardware and platform software, while Farmertronics develops the control algorithms (application software) for these ECU’s. ecu_open_whiteThieu Berkers, Founder and CTO at Farmertronics: “Several years ago I was really successful with the development of a revolutionary distributed real time control system in close cooperation with a group of software engineers hired from ICT. Now, many years later, it seemed to me that ICT evolved as a company from software house to a one-stop shop taking the full responsibility from model based design to code generation and hardware development. This resulted in the Motar-platform fitting perfectly within the strategy of Farmertronics to develop an advanced unmanned clean tech tractor based on industry standards. After many years our partnership seemed to be sustainable and I’m convinced that both Farmertronics and ICT share the same drive to make this ambitious project again to a worldwide success.” Eeuwke Wielinga, Business Unit Manager ICT Automotive & Mobility: “We are pleased to contribute to the goal of Farmertronics to develop an advanced unmanned clean tech tractor. Both Farmertronics and ICT share the passionate drive of technological innovation and the desire to apply groundbreaking technology at agriculture vehicles. Being at the forefront of many of the latest developments, we successfully developed the Motar-platform for the automotive industry and this is our first cross-over to the agriculture industry. ICT’s Motar-platform consists of both the software and hardware. The platform offers seamless integration of MATLAB / Simulink control algorithms on production class automotive hardware built up on an AUTOSAR architecture. As such it forms an excellent basis for automotive control development on various HW platforms.” For further information about

Smart grids could generate €3.5 billion for the Netherlands

Press Release: Implementation of smart grids could generate €3.5 billion for the Netherlands The implementation of smart energy grids in the consumer market is worth between 1 and 3.5 billion euros. This has been revealed by a study carried out in PowerMatching City, the first pilot project in the world to implement a smart energy grid in practice. Smart energy systems enable the balancing of supply and demand of energy. This is important, because the electricity supply will become increasingly dynamic as the role of wind and solar energy becomes more important in the ongoing energy transition. Wind and solar power are dependent on the weather and so they are an inherently fluctuating source of energy. Smart energy grids level out these fluctuations so that supply and demand are continually in balance. This is known as flexibility. PowerMatching City In order to find practical answers to the problems that the energy transition entails, in 2009 PowerMatching City was established in Hoogkerk, in the Dutch province of Groningen. In 2011, a community of 40 households entered into phase 2 of this pilot, a real-life experiment in living with sustainable energy. The residents used solar panels, micro CHP plants and heat pumps to provide their own electricity and heat their own water using the sun, gas and geothermal heat. Smart software was used to share electricity with neighbours and household appliances were activated at times that the supply of electricity from the local grid was optimal. The results of phase 2 will be presented today at a symposium in Groningen. Results of the pilot PowerMatching City demonstrated that smart energy systems are technically feasible and that energy flexibility makes economic sense. In fact, the net gains from the consumer market could well reach €3.5 billion. These benefits are based in part on money saved by the grid operators by avoiding costs for investments and maintenance of grids.. On the other hand, energy providers will be able to manage their customers’ energy consumption more effectively so that they will be able to purchase energy for more competitive wholesale prices. Energy providers will also be able to use locally generated energy to match local supply and demand, which also saves costs. During the pilot, the consortium partners and the residents jointly established two energy services to facilitate flexibility: Smart cost savings enabled the residents to keep the costs of energy consumption and generation as low as possible, while Sustainable together focussed on helping them to become a sustainable community. PowerMatcher, the smart software used in the study, played a key role by matching the energy supply and demand based on the information provided by the energy providers and the consumers. A striking result of the pilot was that the system was much more flexible than anticipated on the basis of previous studies and that the demand and supply were easier to balance than expected. Conditions for large-scale implementation If this smart and flexible energy system is to be implemented in the consumer market on a large scale then it will need to be standardised, both in order to reduce the costs of connecting the households in the smart grid and to lower the price of the smart energy services. The use of standardised solutions will reduce the cost per household enabling the flexible energy system to quickly become economically viable. However, another precondition will need to be met in order for this to happen: energy purchasing will need to take place on the basis of actually measured energy consumption or generation. Only then the energy provider will be able to profit from the added value provided by energy flexibility and share the benefits with their customers. Recommendation The partners in PowerMatching City recommend the development of a new market model for the optimal distribution of flexibility, whereby the value of flexibility is put to the best possible use. Fair distribution of the benefits among all the stakeholders (end users – consumers, energy providers and network operators) is essential for a successful business case. This market model requires a single market party that can collect and redistribute the flexibility: the aggregator. Furthermore, standardisation can ensure the economic feasibility of large-scale implementation. Consortium The PowerMatching City consortium is: DNV GL, Enexis, Essent, Gasunie, ICT and TNO. Our knowledge partners are TU Delft, Eindhoven University en Hanze University of Applied Sciences.   End of this press release Read more about PowerMatching City

King opens BioWarmteCentrale Purmerend with a swipe

24,000 households and 1,000 businesses in Purmerend are connected to so-called district heating. Last month, his Majesty the King opened BioWarmteCentrale “Purmer” for the purpose of Purmerend district heating. Already since the beginning of the eighties, the residents of Purmerend make use of district heat. Previously district heating used gray waste heat. Today, 80% of the demand is durable. The BioWarmteCentrale burns wood chips coming from the Dutch state forest maintenance. King Willem Alexander opened the BioWarmteCentrale by swiping the touch screen on a special designed panel. The screen provides insight how much the power station is really green and what the savings are. This panel was developed by ICT. It shows actual results through a live connection with the power station. Purmerend citizens are not only provided with heat but the panel will also provide clear information about the new BioWarmteCentrale. For more information, you can contact Heine.van.wieren@ict.nl.   RTEmagicC_SVP_2015_03_13_074_02.jpg         RTEmagicC_SVP_2015_03_13_080_02.jpg