Balanced Local Smart Grids for Communities

Innovation Exchange is working with Electric Places on developing a Digital Management system for a small housing estate to manage the grid input, community level and household level use of energy. The desire is for a integrated system that can manage household items, car charging, energy generation and maintain a single, easy to use system. Electric Places is looking for Innovators who have developments in energy management systems that are scalable.


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Electric Places is planning a mixed-use development within which there will be local power generation, storage, and peer-to-peer supply. The development is seeking an innovative intergrated management system that can locally balance and manage disparate and varied energy systems while assuring suitable grid connectivity as and when needed.

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Electric Places is planning a predominantly domestic mixed-use development that would include some commercial assets. The domestic elements will be approximately 42 homes comprising individual houses across a range of sizes, and some apartment/multi-occupancy buildings. The development will have embedded solar generation, heat pumps, and battery storage at building and community scale. A grid connection will be required to allow for shortfalls in local generation.

The site will require an single innovative system that can integrate and balance the generating assets, storage, and usage requirements in a technology agnostic manner. The ability to monitor demand-side requirements, both at peaks and troughs or drop-offs, at building-level to provide energy management at community-level is key. 

The system should also allow for the growth in local generating assets and be able to link to the main grid and Distribution Network Operator (DNO) as well as any emerging local sub-systems. In doing so, it will manage relationship with local and external energy providers to support the mini grid and ensure security of supply. Moreover, the system will provide best value and usage flexibility for the community residents while reducing dependence on main grid supply.

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