The project S-GRID is funded by IVACE and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE) is working on the third year of the project ‘Advanced system for Resources Management in Distributed Smart Grids (S-GRID)’, aimed at developing an energy management to make it easier the demand management.
Demand management is the planning and implementation of different measures destined to influence the way energy is consumed so that a change occurs in the daily energy consumption patterns. So that, part of the consumption can be moved to certain times of the day when electricity is cheaper, thus obtaining economic savings.
ITE has a great experience in R&D projects aimed at promoting the demand management in residential areas. In the domestic environment, a demand management action can be using the washing machine at night instead of in the morning. However, in Industry, postponing a task or a process may imply the delay of many others, thus affecting the delivery of products.
For companies of the industrial sector, although they do not make intensive use of electricity in their processes, the budget line associated to electricity is high; this makes them need solutions to obtain economic savings without affecting their production processes.
In order to find a solution to this problem and with the aim of extending demand management policies to Industry making manufacturing processes flexible and improving the competitiveness of the Valencian companies, ITE has developed an application for the energy management which shows energy and economic savings obtained by planning optimally the production processes. In a house, the suggestion is to postpone the use of the washing machine at night, but in Industry it would be to postpone processes showing both the economic savings and the impact on the production planning.
This project is co-funded by the Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial (IVACE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the call Technological Institutes.