We are a Smart Grid software solution start-up founded in 2012. We specialize in solutions that are based on SW products and open interfaces, therefore very interested in co-operation and joint development. Our spearheads for software development have been and will continue to be in the areas of EV charging infrastructure, demand response and distributed generation+storage.
Our viewpoint on Smart Grids is that the key for the proliferation of Smart Grids are the new services and possibilities that they offer to the consumers. This could called slightly unorthodox, since there is a lot of talk in the market about Smart Meters, generation technologies and other technological advancements.
These technological advancements are important and significant for the overall energy industry and its effectiveness. However, in practice the customers pay for the investments and make choices on the use of the technologies. Therefore the consumer interaction has a key impact on the grid evolution, this is not purely a technological change.
Often the term Smart Grid is used to refer to the technology development of the grid infrastructure. This does include things like smart meters, communication devices, sensors and home energy management equipment. However, the more important aspect in the smart grid development and technology utilization is the use of the information to manage the grid differently than in the past.
According to en.wikipedia.org (2015):
“Electric utilities now find themselves making three classes of transformations: improvement of infrastructure, called the strong grid in China; addition of the digital layer, which is the essence of the smart grid; and business process transformation, necessary to capitalize on the investments in smart technology.”
The addition of the digital layer means that new devices are installed in the network (smart meters, sensors, energy gateways, charging poles etc) and the data they produce are stored and analyzed by back-office Information Technology (IT) solutions. These new IT solutions allow the utilities to provide a significant amount of new services to their customers.
For example, our EVPlanner software tool provides the means for constructing an electric vehicle charging network that provides the best possible service coverage and experience for the EV owners. At the same time the plan provides a means to optimize the investment and construction costs.
We want to promote and develop things that are advantageous for the consumers and for the energy utilities. It is worth noting that these certainly are not mutually exclusive, but do require new thinking and new investments.