The energy transition, from traditional fossil fuels to sustainable, comes with a number of challenges. The fluctuating availability of wind and solar energy, combined with the increased demand for electricity to power heat pumps, vehicles and appliances cause significant strain on existing power grids.
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PowerMatcher is a proven way to match energy supply and demand, get the most effective use out of green energy, and prevent overload.
Matching energy sources for stable power
Active Demand allows end-users to have more influence on the grid than ever before. To balance the load and fluctuations, Dutch research institute TNO has developed PowerMatcher, a solution that combines IT and technology innovations to balance the grid and offer reliable, efficient energy at all times of the day and night. This smart energy system turns ordinary power grids into Smart Grids that efficiently integrate green energy resources, and manage the loads with more precision and efficiency. PowerMatcher is now offered on an open-source platform as part of the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (FAN). FAN's objective is to accelerate the energy transition by freely offering effective standards for the creation of Smart Energy solutions. Software companies, equipment manufacturers and Energy stakeholders can utilise the FAN standards – and PowerMatcher technology – to ensure a faster, more efficient time to market. This all means that Smart Cities are becoming a reality within a shorter timeframe than we once imagined.
Putting innovation to practice
The real world is different than a testing environment. So TNO, together with strategic partners, developed PowerMatching City, a community of homes connected to a Smart Grid. PowerMatcher manages all appliances, heating and cooling, warm water and cars. Now in its second phase, PowerMatching City is the first real-world application of Smart Grid technology, powering 45 homes from top to bottom.
The Sustainable Urban Delta
The inherent complexities and pressures associated with densely populated urban areas are second nature to the Dutch. Over many centuries, authorities, industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens have striven to develop integrated approaches and a holistic vision to enable sustainable development of the urban environment – the Sustainable Urban Delta.