DELTA Explained

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The Grid Aggregator Delta Virtual Node Delta Virtual Node Residential Node Commercial / industrial Node

The Grid

·        Extreme or unexpected weather can put a strain on our electricity grids. When demand for power dramatically increases, for example during a heatwave, utility companies often turn to their reserve power stations to make up what is required to satisfy the needs of the grid. An alternative to this approach is using demand response, whereby consumers are incentivized to reduce or shift their energy usage when the grid in under pressure to meet demand.

Aggregator

·       An energy aggregator can play a vital role in managing energy usage in a demand response setting. Aggregators can manage the consumption of their customers by providing any energy flexibility to the grid when it is needed most. The potential for aggregators to work with small and medium scale consumers and prosumers has yet to be fully realized, with aggregators facing complex and resource-heavy tasks when trying to work with customers at this level. Unleashing the potential of small and medium scale prosumers around Europe is a key objective of DELTA.

Delta Virtual Node

·        The DELTA Virtual Node (DVN) will provide aggregators with the technology needed to efficiently manage their portfolios of small and medium scale consumers and prosumers. The DVN, a software suite powered by a secure permissioned blockchain, will have the ability to group consumers and prosumers together based on their energy consumption characteristics. These consumers and prosumers do not have to be geographically linked, but will be placed in a particular node based on the data gathered. This data will be both real-time and historical, allowing aggregators to accurately forecast the energy flexibility they can offer the grid when demand is high.

Fog-enabled Intelligent Device

·       The Fog-enabled Intelligent Device (FEID) is the piece of equipment placed in homes and businesses which will gather energy data and transmit it to the DVN. The FEID is safe secure and thanks to blockchain technology being employed, will automatically receive demand response signals in the form of smart contracts.

Delta Virtual Node

·        ·        The DELTA Virtual Node (DVN) will provide aggregators with the technology needed to efficiently manage their portfolios of small and medium scale consumers and prosumers. The DVN, a software suite powered by a secure permissioned blockchain, will have the ability to group consumers and prosumers together based on their energy consumption characteristics. These consumers and prosumers do not have to be geographically linked, but will be placed in a particular node based on the data gathered. This data will be both real-time and historical, allowing aggregators to accurately forecast the energy flexibility they can offer the grid when demand is high.

Fog-enabled Intelligent Device

·       The Fog-enabled Intelligent Device (FEID) is the piece of equipment placed in homes and businesses which will gather energy data and transmit it to the DVN. The FEID is safe secure and thanks to blockchain technology being employed, will automatically receive demand response signals in the form of smart contracts.

Residential Node

·        The DVN and FEID can be configured for use in a residential setting. Consumers may have renewable energy installed and be in a position to give their flexibility to the grid. Or they may want to see more renewable energy on the grid while receiving financial incentive for altering their energy consumption patterns. 

Commercial / industrial Node

·       Businesses or industrial units can more efficiently manage their energy consumption by using the DELTA system. For example a factory which may operate  more during the night to meet its logistics objectives can curtail day-time usage and offer the flexibility to the grid via the aggregator.