Adrien Doré launches BPI France Energy conference

Actility Energy speech with Adrien Doré speaker

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Adrien Doré launches BPI France Energy conference

Adrien Doré, France Manager at Actility Energy, was pleased to introduce the 20th TOTEM event organized by the Hub BPI France and the French Electricity Union (UFE) with an opening speech on « The Digital: game changer of the energy transition? »

In his speech, Adrien spoke about the role of new technologies and especially of digital in the energy sector, explaining the concept of the « Digital Twin » as a key element in the energy transition. Many changes such as emerging renewables energies and new electric uses in our consumption result in a more complex energy sector. It is necessary to modelize the many data changes involved in a digital twin to quickly determine the optimal flexibility solutions.

Actility, an innovative leader thanks to its forward-looking DNA, develops « Digital Twins » of the French electric network to foster flexibility solutions while ensuring the security of energy supply.

You can find Adrien’s full speech (in French) by clicking on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Gyc4UB0D0

Adrien Doré lance le 20ème TOTEM

Adrien Doré, directeur France d’Actility Energy, a eu le plaisir de lancer le 20ème TOTEM organisé par le Hub BPI France et L’union Française de l’Electricité avec un discours d’ouverture sur « le Digital : game changer de la transition énergétique ? ».

Lors de son intervention, Adrien Doré a pu particulièrement introduire le rôle des nouvelles technologies et du digital en particulier dans le secteur de l’énergie en expliquant le concept de « Digital Twin » et de son rôle déterminant dans la transition énergétique. Les changements induits par l’émergence des énergies renouvelables et de nouveaux usages dans notre consommation d’électricité complexifient le secteur de l’énergie. Or il est nécessaire de modéliser ces multiples données du monde réel dans un jumeau virtuel pour déterminer rapidement de nouvelles solutions de flexibilité optimales.

Actility, leader de l’innovation grâce à son ADN prospectif, développe des « Digital Twin » du réseau électrique français pour favoriser les solutions de flexibilité tout en assurant la sécurité d’approvisionnement.

Vous pouvez retrouver l’intégralité de la présentation d’Adrien Doré à cet événement en cliquant sur le lien suivant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Gyc4UB0D0

What challenges will the energy sector face in 2019? Here’s our CEO Olivier Hersent’s vision

2019 Actility Energy greeting cards

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What challenges will the energy sector face in 2019? Here’s our CEO Olivier Hersent’s vision

2019 Actility Energy greeting cards

2018 has been, for Actility and the world of energy, a pivotal year. It is now clear for everyone that the question is not whether our energy mix evolves towards 100% renewables, but how fast. The question is no longer whether automobiles will be 100% electric, but whether hydrogen will have a small share of it one day. Oil Majors publicly announce that their investments are shifted toward electricity, and banks state that they will no longer finance oil prospecting. The very notion of a “ceiling” for the share of renewables in the energy mix is a thing of the past.

In the context of such a positive paradigm shift of our economy, we can be proud of our contribution in Europe, pitch after pitch to the most doubtful interlocutors demonstrating that digital would allow to aggregate and control hidden flexibility of consumers, and over the long term solve the fundamental issues of balancing and securing our grid. Beyond theories, we have, project after project and with each regulation change, landed these ideas in the real world in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and now Italy.

…Until today, when “brick and mortar” players like Auchan or Orange clearly articulate that the future of their energy optimization will rely on real-time control of the load curve of their sites. They have chosen Actility, as well as many other partners – generator or thermostat manufacturers, energy maintenance companies – who think of Actility as their partner to evolve their energy management towards full digital.

In this context, our priority and main challenge is to focus our efforts towards industrialization and management of an increasing number of projects: our information system needs to become exhaustive, eliminating random files on hard disks, our supervision system must become pro-active and raise alarms before any issue actually impacts operations, our customer relations must increasingly rely on digital online tools.

We have made great progress through 2018, we need to be fully ready in 2019.

Happy new year to all.
Olivier

2019, quels challenges pour le secteur de l’énergie ? La vision du président Olivier Hersent

2018 aura été, pour Actility et pour le monde de l’énergie, une année pivot. Il est désormais clair pour tous les acteurs que la question n’est plus de savoir si nous évoluons vers un monde électrique 100% renouvelable, mais à quelle vitesse. Il n’est plus question de savoir si l’automobile de demain sera 100% électrique, mais seulement si l’hydrogène aura une petite part un jour. Les acteurs du pétrole annoncent publiquement réorienter tout leur développement vers l’électrique, et les banques qu’elles ne financent plus les prospections pétrolières. La notion du “plafond” supposé de la part du renouvelable dans le mix énergétique est maintenant un concept du passé.

Dans cette évolution très positive de notre environnement économique, nous pouvons je crois être fiers d’avoir joué un petit rôle en Europe en démontrant inlassablement aux interlocuteurs les plus dubitatifs que le numérique, en permettant d’exprimer et mettre à disposition les flexibilités latentes des consommateurs, pouvait résoudre le problème fondamental d’équilibrage et de sécurisation des réseaux sur le long terme. Au delà des démonstrations théoriques, nous avons aussi, projet après projet, évolution réglementaire après évolution réglementaire, fait atterrir dans la réalité ces idées en France, en Belgique, en Hollande et maintenant en Italie.

…Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, où il est clair pour des acteurs aussi “brick and mortar” que Auchan ou Orange que l’avenir de leur optimisation énergétique passe par le contrôle temps réel de la consommation de leurs installations. Ils ont choisi Actility, de même que de nombreux partenaires, fabricants de générateurs, de thermostats, gestionnaires d’installations, qui viennent désormais nous voir pour devenir leur partenaire dans cette évolution vers le pilotage digital des consommations.

Dans ce contexte, la priorité et le principal challenge, pour nous, est d’orienter nos efforts vers l’industrialisation et l’augmentation du nombre des projets: le système d’information doit viser à l’exhaustivité et l’élimination des fichiers qui traînent ça et là dans nos disques durs, la supervision de nos installations doit devenir pro-active et nous indiquer les pannes avant qu’elles n’aient un impact, notre relation client doit devenir elle aussi de plus en plus “digitale”.

Nous avons fait de grands progrès en 2018, nous devons être totalement prêts en 2019.

Très bonne année à tous.
Olivier

Cedric presents at the French Electricity Union (UFE) annual conference

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Cedric presents at the French Electricity Union (UFE) annual conference

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Thursday, November 29th, at the annual conference of the French Electricity Union (UFE), Cedric de Jonghe, Europe Manager, was honored to be invited to introduce Actility Energy during a round table on the topic of transformation and cooperation in the energy sector.

Actility, a flexibility aggregator for 8 years, has developed suitable flexibility solutions to enable its partners to participate in all services keeping the electric network balance. Thanks to these collaborations, custom technical and operational innovations are being brought, like Actility’s joint effort with the operator Orange: Actility has invested into the telecommunication network’s security batteries, which were until now only expensive assets, to turn them into flexibility and profitable assets, maintaining their original use and function.

Cedric mentioned the importance of cross innovation. As an innovative scale up, Actility Energy partners with companies in the water industry like Veolia to apply Data analytics and valuation expertise. Also, in the domain of Blockchain, Cedric emphasized the cutting edge project with the Belgian grid operator Elia.

Cedric présente au colloque annuel de l’UFE

Jeudi 29 novembre, au colloque annuel de L’Union Française de l’Electricité, Cedric De Jonghe, directeur Europe, a eu l’honneur d’être invité à présenter Actility Energy lors d’une table ronde organisée sur la thématique des transformations et de la coopération dans le secteur de l’énergie.

Actility, agrégateur de flexibilité depuis 8 ans, développe des solutions de flexibilité adaptées pour permettre à ses partenaires de participer à l’ensemble des services d’équilibre du réseau électrique. De ces collaborations naissent des innovations technologiques et opérationnelles réalisées sur-mesure, tel le partenariat avec l’opérateur Orange : Actility a su investir dans les batteries de sécurité du réseau de télécommunication, qui étaient jusqu’alors des actifs coûteux, pour les transformer en actifs de flexibilité rémunérateurs tout en maintenant leur utilité et fonction originelle.

Cedric a également souligné l’importance des innovations transverses. En tant qu’impulseur d’innovations de grande envergure, Actility Energy a entrepris de collaborer avec des compagnies du secteur de l’eau telle Veolia en lui proposant son expertise en analyse et évaluation de données. De même, dans le domaine de la blockchain, Cedric a évoqué les projets d’avant-garde entrepris avec le gestionnaire de réseaux belge Elia.

Interview Olivier Hersent: What will the consequences of electric vehicles (EV) be on the aggregation market?

Interview Olivier Hersent: What will the consequences of electric vehicles (EV) be on the aggregation market?

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Interview Olivier Hersent: What will the consequences of electric vehicles (EV) be on the aggregation market?

Interview Olivier Hersent: What will the consequences of electric vehicles (EV) be on the aggregation market?

Electric vehicles will soon have a fundamental impact on flex markets.

It is astonishing to realize that as soon as 2020, Paris and London will brim with electric buses and that the charge power of these would total the equivalent of a nuclear reactor output!

We can say today that electric vehicles will have three fundamental impacts on the aggregation market:

1. As they charge, EVs present an instant flex power between 3 to 20kWs, sometimes more. Like any other vehicle, they spend most of the time parked, so the average availability of a pool of EVs is very high. Control is standardized via Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), and the potentially complex problem, on the one hand, is to take into account the constraints of the distribution grid, and on the other is to be able to pool large numbers of charging stations. Actility is working to solve both issues:

The Smart-EV product, now nearing the end of our New Product Introduction cycle, acts as an OCPP proxy and is able to model in real time the distribution grid.

Our large-scale demand response control algorithm, « DaaS », which we have continued to improve since 2012, can now manage large pools of largely random loads.

2. After being removed from the market, EV batteries present a large residual capacity, at virtually zero cost as they are fully amortized. Old EV cars, like the very first Renault ZOE, have already begun to return to manufacturers and large pools of batteries stack up, ready to participate in flex markets.

3. The automotive industry is known to be the ultimate cost killer. With its gigantic purchasing power and volumes, this industry forces any technology to follow an accelerated curve to extreme commoditization. Batteries will follow that trend, although a fundamental shortage of rare metals will ultimately be the limit. Already 2019 EVs will double the capacity of 2013 EVs, for the same retail price. This means that base battery packs, also used in large container systems designed for grid stabilization and flex markets, will see their costs decreasing too. This should soon cause these systems to get mainstream.

Actility is expecting these trends to corroborate and should be well prepared, thanks to our prospective R&D. We are looking forward to benefitting from new opportunities that arise from EVs! Sure enough, Actility is ready to embrace the increasing use of Electric Vehicles and take part in this burgeoning aggregation market!

How to control energy processes at home with LoRaWAN

Smart energy for the smart home

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How to control energy processes at home with LoRaWAN

Smart energy for the smart home

Fulfill domestic energy needs

Welcome to Oud-Heverlee in the Flemish Brabant region, home of 10 000 people. This Demo 1 shows how storage can change the way to fulfill domestic energy needs. In a first phase, Actility was able to take control of the heating of the house by applying a dynamic pricing model based on the Belgian energy market (belpex) prices.

“For more than a month, we managed to cut the total energy cost for the heat pump while taking the control boundaries such as comfort temperature into account.” 

A high-tech heat pump

A high-tech Danfoss heat pump (soil grid/water) was installed in a house as a central heating unit and for providing domestic hot water. The heat pump provides heat for floor heating circuits that use the heat capacity of the concrete of the building. The Danfoss heat pump can be controlled and monitored via a standard ModBus interface.Our Belgian IoT integration partner Smartlog helped us a great deal by providing a ModBus to LoRaWan converter.

“Building on our experience in connecting industrial assets with LoRaWAN, we were happy to provide Actility with a ModBus – LoRaWAN device as well as a cloud platform to control the heat pump.”  Lise Vandeborne, SmartLog

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The heat pump is connected via a Modbus LoRaWAN converter and becomes a smart grid device

ModBus LoRaWAN converter

The ModBus integration of the heat pump shows the potential of connecting a device after it is built. The heat pump is connected via a ModBus LoRaWAN converter and instantly transforms the heat pump in a smart-grid connected device. The manufacturing cost of this device is largely covered by the gains of additional services of the heat pump after connecting to the cloud.

Self-consumption model

Building on this first success, we decided to extend this dynamic pricing and self-consumption (limiting the energy exchanged with the grid of a house or the complete neighborhood) models to a whole neighborhood ie 12 houses. This is the goal of the Demo 2 in Oud-Heverlee in the coming months.

This concrete example shows how beneficial it is to optimize residential electricity consumption today in a single house. We are now integrating the whole neighborhood into our optimization what will likely lead to even better results!