HOMA Micro-CHP Management System (HMMS)
IBM PureApplication System
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The HMMS is an advanced enterprise-grade solution enabling utilities to build and operate Virtual Power Plants. The HMMS bundles many micro-generators and makes them appear and behave like one large plant. Also, the HMMS can be used to manage electricity consuming equipment like heat pumps, etc, as well as smart and dumb meters.
The HMMS (HOMA Micro-CHP Management System) enables efficient monitoring, control and management of large fleets of Micro-CHP appliances by utilities, by meeting relevant requirements regarding cost, size and functionality. The product allows addressing of all technical, commercial and administrative aspects of fleet operation. In particular, the product will automatically enable Smart Grid functions like load balancing and demand side management (DSM). This is due to the special software architecture of the product, which allows flexible expansion of functionality. A key part of Smart Grid functionality in a micro-generation context is the aggregation of outputs like electricity exports (to the distribution network) and CO2 savings. Substantial value can be unlocked by making these outputs tradable through aggregation. This type of functionality is often called a “Virtual Power Plant” (VPP); i.e. making many micro-assets – or, rather, their outputs – appear and behave like one big asset or output. The HMMS readily allows this. The HMMS can easily be linked to both smart and dumb meters, and includes back-end functionality for the handling of meter data. Due to its highly flexible SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture), the HMMS can also be used in a Smart Home context to manage electrical devices like heat pumps, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. Furthermore, the HMMS provides information to the occupants of homes (housing micro-generators), via a web-based interface.
Business CaseThe ever growing environmental and political pressure on energy supply has resulted in a steady growth in so-called distributed generation (a large part of which is micro-generation). Especially in Germany, with the country’s impending exit from nuclear energy, new generation capacity is needed. It is clear that a large share of the needed new generation capacity will be in the form of distributed generation. And it is also clear that utilities will enter into the area of distributed generation in a very different manner from what until recently has been the case. Incumbent utilities, threatened by new entrants aggressively exploiting opportunities in distributed generation, have actively started building generation portfolios based on distributed generation. In order to add up to generation capacities of the required, substantial magnitude, these portfolios will end up comprising very large numbers of generation assets. Currently, utilities do not have the means to efficiently manage and operate such large portfolios of distributed generation assets. The HMMS is the solution through which utilities are able to do just that. In other words, the HMMS is a key enabler for utilities that want to build generation portfolios based on large numbers of distributed (micro) assets.
Business ProblemIt is well-known that large power stations need to be monitored, controlled and managed. This is also true for micro-scale power stations. But it is difficult because the cost of the relevant equipment needs to be very low, as the cost of the asset is low. The HMMS enables efficient monitoring, control and management of large fleets of micro assets by utilities, by meeting relevant requirements regarding cost, size and functionality.
The HMMS currently supports seven different applications, running on the middleware platform of the HMMS. In principle, HMMS applications can be run independently of each other. The HMMS provides an API, through which third parties can develop their own applications. The current seven applications reflect the following functions: 1. Monitoring of fleet assets 2. Handling and visualisation of meter data 3. Recording of carbon savings 4. Aggregation of assets into VPPs, optimisation of VPP operation 5. Calculation of economic performance of assets 6. Fully fledged asset management (via IBM’s Maximo for utilities) 7. Web based interface for providing information to consumers
Name: Simon Kolin
Phone: +31 6 14 52 44 49