“We felt that if we wanted to have a real impact on the energy transition, we would need to make our technology open so it could be adopted by other companies and in other products,” Richard Beekhuis, energy business line manager at the Dutch research organization TNO, told Engerati in an interview at European Utility Week 2014.
Beekhuis explains that the broad aim of the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (FAN) standard is to enable flexibility in the system to be used for stability and balancing.
“We envisage an energy system with decentralized and centralized production and different commodities such as storage and conversion technologies, and these all need to work together,” Beekhuis explains.
The main partners in the Alliance are DSOs, who have a big interest, Beekhuis says. There is also a lot of interest from system integrators who are looking for a generic platform that can be used in different countries.
Powermatcher and Heatmatcher
Commenting on applications of the technology, Beekhuis says that there is the Powermatcher standard for electricity demand response, and also Heatmatcher for optimization of heat production and consumption in commercial buildings.
Looking ahead these could be combined to enable the heating system to be used as a buffer for the electricity system.
“We are looking at intelligence for hybrid energy systems, so that the flexibility in these different commodities can be used to optimize the system,” Beekhuis says.