Managing domestic energy assets for the benefit of households and networks
Homes of the future will increasingly have multiple energy assets such as electric vehicles (EVs), , solar PV and battery storage systems. The MADE (Multi Asset Demand Execution) project is all about understanding how to manage these multiple energy assets in a way that is both beneficial to the homeowner and the energy networks.
*a hybrid heating system usually combines a gas boiler or an oil boiler with an electrically driven heat pump – together often referred to as a ‘hybrid heat pump’.
MADE concept overview – a home with multiple energy assets controlled in an optimised manner in order to benefit both the homeowners and the electricity networks and system.
The MADE project objectives include
- Investigating the ability to manage multiple energy assets. This will also include focussing on the switch between gas and electric load to provide fuel arbitrage and highly flexible demand response services.
- Demonstrate the potential consumer, network, carbon and energy system benefits of large-scale deployment of in-home energy assets with an aggregated demand response control system.
- Gain insights into the means of balancing the interests of the consumer, supplier, and network operators when seeking to derive value from the demand side flexibility.
The MADE project clearly demonstrates the importance of understanding end user customers as a core component of the future energy system. Delta-ee’s expertise of understanding customers and their role in the energy transition will help the MADE project develop new insight by:
- providing a firm evidence base around future uptake scenarios of the different low carbon technologies;
- carrying out primary customer research to evaluate consumer trust in new technology that is taking greater levels of EV charging, heating system control;
- modelling the impact the uptake of these low carbon technologies has on the low voltage grid; and
- analysing new and existing business models across Europe and the rest of the world with the view to start developing some potential customer propositions in this space
Interesting high-level findings emerging from the project to date:
- Fairly strong growth in the sales of all low carbon heating technologies is expected in the medium to long-term. Sales of electric vehicles are going to multiply rapidly in the late 2020’s. The deployment of specific low carbon technologies will however be heavily influenced by government subsidies and policies.
- There are large variations in customer behaviour. There isn’t a one size fits all solution. Optimisation of customer assets will need to consider different use patterns, etc. However, any optimisation will need to address the current concerns homeowners have around third-party control of EV charging and heating.
- There are multiple value streams that can be realised to help drive the economics of adopting multiple low carbon technologies. Realising these value streams in most cases will require market reforms. There are many, mostly untested, customer propositions that could be used to deliver the MADE concept. For example, some of these could leverage concepts such as heat as a service.
- Our modelling shows that the uptake of MADE technologies could place significant strains on the low voltage network. Based on the current structure of market price signals, optimisation of energy demand at the household level could even in some cases make matters worse at the regional or national level. This means loads need to be carefully optimised and balanced across the electricity system. This will help ensure conflicts are minimised and there are benefits to householders, the local network and the national system. Further research is required to characterise the nature of the optimisation and balancing required.
Delta-ee is excited to be part of the MADE project. This £1m+ Network Innovation Allowance Project by WPD – led by PassivSystems, is at the cutting edge of future energy system transformation. Delta-ee’s long standing expertise across the new energy transition perfectly positions us to be part of this project.
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