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The PowerMatcher - making the electricity grid smarter - Aldo Eisma

by on Nov 01, 2013


OSGi Community Event 2013 ( ...

OSGi Community Event 2013 (

Today’s energy market is rapidly changing. The percentage of renewable energy is growing fast, and more and more energy consumers are also generating energy. However, renewable energy sources, like solar and wind are uncontrollable and not always accurately predictable. To avoid black-outs and other problems, the electricity grid must become smarter.

In this talk I will present the PowerMatcher smart grid concept, and how its rapid adoption is enabled by OSGi and Eclipse technologies, as demonstrated in the Couperus field trial in the Netherlands.

The PowerMatcher is an innovative approach for smart coordination in the electricity grid, a scalable multi-agent system that optimizes distributed generation, storage and use of electrical energy.

In 2012, the development of a reference implementation for PowerMatcher on OSGi was started, and the result is now available under a research license from the newly founded Flexiblepower Alliance Network. The OSGi's service, component and configuration model enable rapid development of PowerMatcher solutions, from simulation to assembly and distributed deployment. Messaging between distributed agents is supported with Eclipse Paho, and a simulation toolkit has been developed using the Eclipse Rich Client Platform.

The first field deployment that is using the new reference implementation for PowerMatcher is the Couperus Smart Grid project, a new housing project with 300 energy efficient apartment homes equipped with an individual heat pump for heating and cooling. The PowerMatcher controls the heat pumps in such a way that it compensates generation imbalance of a wind turbine, within the capacity constraints of the local grid.

Please join us in making the electricity grid smarter!

Aldo Eisma is a solution architect at IBM, currently focusing on innovation in energy management. He has led the development of the initial version of the PowerMatcher reference implemention and its field trial in the Couperus Smart Grid project. His past work includes development of RFID and sensor solutions and middleware products, contributions to the Eclipse Service Oriented Device Architecture, and IBM's Java runtime technologies and tools.



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