Heat pumps to flexibilize the energy grid

Heat pump in combination with the PowerMatcherTM used by grid operator Stedin to flexibilize the energy grid. An article in Energeia, a Dutch digital information and service platform for the energy industry.

The value of the PowerMatcherTM proved itself with project Couperus in Ypenburg (near The Hague). By using the PowerMatcherTM as an operating system, the heat pumps of almost 3oo household of the Couperus building could be used to create energy grid flexibility. The main project objective was peak shaving, partly shift the peaks to other moments of the daytime. Heat pumps, combined with their buffer capacity turned out to be very useful.
The PowerMatcherTM is available as Open Source software.

Download here the complete article (Dutch). You can also download the factsheet (English), published by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


Powermatcher in action

Powermatcher explained by Alexander Krstulovic and the demo Minimatcher at the European Ulitity Week

(Vienna, 2015).

Powermatcher’s goes Germany


20151203-Heinsberg-Alliander-office-Minimatcher-demo_dbThe new Alliander office in Heinsberg (Germany) has PV panels for power generation and a Heat Pump for heating, both real-time optimized by the Powermatcher.
Dutch company EXE (Energy Exchange Enabelers) who facilitated the Energy System, used Powermatcher for the interaction between the local solution (PV panels and Heat Pump) and the interaction with the national energy exchange, including the European market coupling.
This was demonstrated on December 3rd during the opening ceremony of the Alliander office in Heinsberg, Germany, in the presence of Peter Molengraaf CEO Alliander and Managing Director of Alliander Deutschland Frank Zeeb.