kWIQly are proud to have been invited toward the end of last year to become associate members of SEDC (The Smart Energy Demand Coalition) and it's a thrill to see our logo alongside a few of the bigger industry players
(and some competitors :)
(and some competitors :)
|(there we are middle row slightly left of centre)|
However, to assert that we were invited "because of our obvious value" would be in danger of begging the question, as we must show our value and explain it to the world at large.
So I was invited to write a brief introduction to explain why we belong in SEDC for the membership newsletter, (if you read that before coming here, please bear with me as I offer hospitality; as promised to Roland). but before I go on, let me reach out to non-members:
If you feel you may be relevant to SEDC do drop us a line or call +44 (0)1825 712800 and we will be pleased to introduce you,
or, if you prefer direct contact, then firstname.lastname@example.org or call +32 (0) 48 91 87 650SEDC is relevant to us all (3 months after their launch April 2011, they had over 40 members representing over 150 million European consumers), and as I mentioned in my Engerati video at #EUW "Demand Response" or demand side energy management involvement in energy markets is becoming very real.
Since kWIQly is better known for dealing with energy management and automated interpretation of energy meter data and helping clients run more efficiently,
Why kWIQly & Smart Energy Demand Coalition?
Demand response is about being less efficient !!!
Perhaps I had better explain that...
An energy manager (good or bad) has had the long term mission to achieve things that need to be done efficiently. That means providing energy resources (heat, work, cooling and lighting) when they are needed.
To be efficient involves buying these "Just-In-Time" as any process of storing energy necessarily carries an efficiency burden. So, if "smart demand" suggests doing away with efficient practice there is an on-site cost and risk implication.It seems we need to square a circle. How do we equate smart and inefficient.
It is relatively easy when you consider that upstream in the grid other engineers are seeking to be efficient and to avoid storage losses of energy. Consider this:
When everyone switches on their kettle at once upstream engineers have to push the limits (and are less efficient). Equally if load is very low, because of a spike in solar and wind input to the grid, control systems respond.
Consider a steam turbine driving a generator that is facing reduced load. It spins more freely (as it has less work to do). This means the steam that passes through comes out hotter, at higher pressure (or less steam is raised). Cooling towers work harder (reducing efficiency) and burners are modulated back. The power station losses are greater relative to the generation. In essence whenever we suddenly save energy, someone else wastes it (until balance is restored).
So demand response is about sharing transitory inefficiencies in a vertical distribution chain and is generally to be achieved through market pricing mechanisms.
This is where kWIQly comes in. If you (as an energy manager) want to "play the game" of being less efficient to take advantage of market conditions (and thus serve the world, yourself and your shareholders) you had best understand your opportunity costs well:
A simple demand response scenario
Imagine a chiller compressor running at 80% load, just before peak market demand and expecting rises in ambient temperature.
By running the extra 20% now (less efficiently) you make the market more efficient (both now and later), you increase your service resilience (you have some cold stored), you run at lower cost, and you run more efficiently (because it is easier to dump heat into colder ambient air).
On the other side of the coin - It may not get hotter, (across the entire market) so load may be lower, you cannot store cold water without taking on heat (efficiency is time related), and what is spent now will never be unspent!Our suspicion at kWIQly is that most energy managers have not thought this way, and will need generic optimised solutions (except in the largest cases) packaged for them (and perhaps embedded in product solutions). If we are right we have a role to play, because as engineers from the demand side - who have crossed the divide to the supply side by looking at automating diagnosis based on metering and pattern recognition, we can help.
Beyond that claim, I have been asked to sit in on the SEDC Policy Group and I am less sure how well I can contribute there - but time-will-tell and perhaps simply through meeting new colleagues, we can together help find a way to serve the industry and environment together - I hope so.
If you want to understand a little more of the big picture of the sort of things kWIQly does - there are some not bad places to start below.
As always - if you wish to contact kWIQly we would be delighted - contact details above.
Finally, if you want to Tweet, share, link-to or disagree with or comment on this article to blow the SEDC trumpet a bit - we all win !