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RESPOND in the News: ALBOA Magazine spotlights the project

The “Alboa Inside” magazine spotlighted RESPOND project in December’s 2018 issue:

ALBOA Inside December

Here’s the article translated:

20 homes in Vejlby Vest peeking into the future

Text and photo by Martin Crab, ALBOA

In Vejlby Vest measures and analyzes ALBOA and AURA now just 20 families ' energy
consumption. The mapping must show the way into the future, we have to face.

Imagine that you get a sms with this wording:

“It will be a sunny day tomorrow. You can save money if you wait to start me to 12 noon. If you would, that I should just start even. Best wishes, your washing machine”

It might seem like something from the distant future, but the future is becoming a reality in Vejlby
Vest. Here are ALBOA and energy company AURA for set up a forest of gauges and sensors in 20
families’ homes. On the way, ALBOA and AURA over the next years accurately measure, weigh
and analyze familiess’ consumption of electricity and heat.

Energy must be used

As it probably is most familiar, so you cannot put power and heat in the Bank. The type of energy
should preferably be used, when it is there. Or as Knud Jensen, senior advisor at AURA, explains
it.

In the old days came the electricity from a power plant that could screw up and down depending
on demand. That is not the case anymore. Today, a large proportion of electricity comes from wind
and solar power. It is small and decentralised sources, which produces, when wind and solar are
present. Here is Vejlby Vest especially interesting because the Department has one of the nation’s
largest solar PV system, which sometimes produce so much power that it smoking out on the net.

International project
Project in Vejlby Vest is part of an EU project, where similar trials are under way in Spain and
Ireland. The aim of the project is not so much to get people to save energy. The purpose is rather
to create systems which encourages us to use energy only when it is present in the form of wind
and Sun.

Project is basically shifting the consumption, but first we need to know the current consumption, explains Knud Jensen.

Nudging

In the year ahead mapped ALBOA and AURA minutely, how consumers behave today. In concrete
terms, this means that there now is set on all appliances and meters to sensors detects
temperature and moisture. Each accommodation has also been a central box, which brings
together all the information and sends them to study.

When we have accumulated knowledge about the current consumption patterns, we will begin
gently pushing for residents’ behaviour. What happens if we can provide you with information
about that there are inexpensive power tomorrow? Do you want to wait to start the washing
machine? If it is cheap to heat the House up, while you’re at work, and then let temperature valleys
for the rest of the day and into the night, you’re so willing to let your intelligent house control the
heat? If you make the electric car when you get home, maybe even the ensures to find out when
it's best to leave it up. How responsive the residents at all of these options? That is what we should
see in the coming years.

Voxpop

Louise Pedersen, 36 years, resident

How did you feel about joining the project?

I’m actually really happy to be with. I believe it is important to understand how ordinary consumer
habits can be optimized. So we can use our resources in the best possible way.

Why you said yes to participate?

There are many opportunities in technology to change people’s habits. I myself am a psychologist,
and by nudging is a good technique, which can change basic patterns. Many people do not have
the resources and oversight to do the right thing. It requires surplus to make the right decisions.
Good intentions are not the same, as that necessarily makes it.

4 Differences between Demand Side Management & Demand Response

Energy cost in different buildings and facilities, either industrial or residential, has an important impact on their general costs. Energy prices have been rising steadily in Europe in recent years, and energy consumption is increasing too.

Energy professionals know that this situation must be stopped and that they have taken action, managing energy efficiently. Reducing energy cost is one of the main objectives of energy managers, facility managers and building operators. In addition, they aim to meet environmental or sustainability standards and objectives set by governmental organisations such as the EU or at a national level.

In order to achieve this, energy professionals work on “Demand Side Management” (DSM). When they want to work with more detail, they apply “Demand Response”.

Sometimes energy professionals use the terms Demand Response (DR) and Demand Side Management (DSM) interchangeably, but they are not the same.

Of course, they can complement each other, helping energy managers achieve their energy efficiency goals successfully.

4 Differences between Demand Side Management & Demand Response

First, let’s define the Demand Side Management (DSM) concept. To understand it we must know what is its objective: to achieve a balance between energy production and demand, since the imbalance between these makes the price of energy even more expensive for the final consumer.

Thus, achieving a balance between energy demand and supply (where utilities, system operators and governments, consumers are involved) will lead to a reduction in prices and consequently in costs for the consumer. In addition to complying with climate objectives, cover peaks in demand by increasing the system flexibility…

If we make a general definition of the concept of Demand Response (DR), we can say that it pursues the temporary reduction of electricity consumption by the consumer (discretionary and limited in time) during periods of peak demand and that it is done in exchange for economic incentives.

So, what are the subtle differences between the two?

  1. DSM includes all demand-reducing measures, in other words, it includes both vehicles for its implementation, demand response and energy efficiency. This the following image might help you understand this concept:
    Demand Response vs Demand Side Managment
  2. DMS encompasses a broader concept of energy demand management, while DR works in detail on electric demand – at the moment.
  3. DMS seeks a balance between energy demand and supply both on the side of utilities, system operators and consumers. While DR does it from consumer’s side.
  4. DR encourages consumers to reduce their energy demand in the short term, while DSM includes not only these in DR, but also long-term or permanent energy efficiency measures. DMS includes, for example, light changes, improved automation of the building, change of air-conditioning or thermal machines…

These concepts are often confused because both are intended to help the network operate continuously and smoothly balance the peaks of supply and demand.