Until now, only the major electricity consumers have been interested in correlating their absorption with the availability of generation, mainly through the interruptibility system. The new fee structure and availability of electricity meters now extend the possibility to intervene in load management even to small and medium users, helping to limit the need to install new power generation and improving the load factor of existing plants.
The development of a new range of home automation functions, focused on efficient energy management of the building, can take advantage of changes in energy prices to minimize the environmental impact of consumption and make the most of any local energy resources (distributed generation).
Activities carried out by RSE have focused on the definition, implementation and field testing (simulated and real) of a comprehensive platform that can support the transformation of end users into an 'intelligent hub of future electricity networks. In particular, increasing complexity degree functions have been developed:
. Management of electrical loads: from simple timing to flexible configurations that keep power consumption within varying thresholds, managed by the user;
. Thermal management: with a view to integrated energy management, we also evaluated the functions that combine achieving the required comfort with better use of resources (gas, electricity, environmental parameters);
. Storage: the presence of storages, in addition to ensuring essential services, extends possible functionalities for cargo handling;
. Integration of distributed generation (DG) with load control system and storage management