Actility activates Demand Response to balance the Belgian grid following a sudden electricity shortage on Wednesday 19 October

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Actility activates Demand Response to balance the Belgian grid following a sudden electricity shortage on Wednesday 19 October

Actility, a leading provider of Smart Demand Response aggregation services, has succesfully supported the Belgian electricity grid to recover from a sudden lack of electricity this 19 October.

On 19 October, an electricity shortage of no less than 750 MW had been monitored in the Belgian grid by Elia, the Transmission Grid Operator.

For being able to balance the electricity grid, Elia requires flexible power stations to increase their power output. In addition, they also call upon flexible consumers to reduce their power consumption. This is referred to as Demand Response. Actility successfully responded to such call for Demand Response on Wednesday, thanks to the efforts of its numerous partners in the industrial sectors such as metallurgy, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, food & beverages but also in the tertiary sectors, mainly in banks or hospitals.

Actility’s partners provide such efforts to reduce their consumption only a few hours per year, but get paid during every hour of the year where this flexibility is available. This results in interesting revenues and is a cost reduction in energy sourcing. Furthermore, it provides a crucial support to the Belgian Grid, for being able to balance generation from clean technologies such as wind and solar power.

The  main cause of the call for flexibility on 19 October originated from a sudden drop of the electricity generated by the belgian wind mills. This drop in power was the consequence of decreased wind speed coming from the North Sea, which is per say no abnormal meteorogical event. Yet, the drop occurred in less than one hour. This resulted in a sudden shortage of about 650 MW, which is equivalent to the loss of two large gas power stations of belgium (figure 1).

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Furthermore, this sudden shortage was concomitant with a higher than expected evening peak in electricity demand and little available generation capacity in Belgium. Today, only 2400 MW of the installed 5800 MW nuclear capacity is operational .

Altogether, this led Elia to activate all the flexible resources that were still available to compensate for this sudden imbalance. Elia even asked, via aggregator Actility, industrial sites to reduce their energy offtake from the grid, though the activation of the special balancing mechanism called R3-DP (Tertiary Reserve “dynamic profile”). This tertiary reserve product is specifically designed for demand response via industrial processes.

It is not the first time Actility is trusted to handle difficult cases on the electricity grid. The company has delivered serveral successful DR activations in the past years in the Benelux, France and the UK.  The innovative services provided by Actility are based on their strong expertise of ICT and the energy sector. Their proven track record in the field of energy and the Internet of Things has even been awarded earlier this week as start-up of the year by Ernst & Young.

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Actility announces partnership with Belgian telecom operator Proximus for nationwide IoT deployment in Belgium & Luxembourg

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Actility announces partnership with Belgian telecom operator Proximus for nationwide IoT deployment in Belgium & Luxembourg

Brussels, Belgium, 16 October 2015: Actility, industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, proudly announces its collaboration with Belgium’s largest telecom operator Proximus for the roll-out of a nationwide Internet of Things (IoT) network in Belgium and Luxembourg. Proximus has selected Actility to roll out a LoRa (Long Range) network based on Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution. It is the first time a LoRa network is rolled out on this big a scale. The new IoT network will trigger a wave of innovation in both countries, opening up new business models and allowing for processes to run more efficiently.

As part of the partnership between the two parties, Proximus has deployed the LoRa network in the ten major urban and logistic areas in Belgium as well as in the city of Luxembourg. This deployment includes the installation of LoRa base stations and the setup of the central network controllers and management platforms. Up to now, the LoRa technology has been used in asset tracking and facility management use cases and several other applications are being developed. The LoRa network will be rolled out in the whole of Belgium and Luxembourg in 2016.

“Actility is proud to cooperate with Proximus to develop one of the first networks worldwide for IoT, based on the LoRa technology. This will boost innovation and the digital economy in the region”, said Pierre Verbruggen, Managing Director Benelux at Actility.

Proximus relies on Actility’s capabilities to deliver a SaaS (Software as a Service) deployment which enables a fast roll-out centralized through the ThingPark Wireless platform. “We are very excited to be collaborating with Actility, which allows us to use the LoRa technology to enable a quick, safe and a low energy consuming network. The ThingPark Wireless platform allows us and our customers to easily set up, manage and monitor the IoT Network and Devices” said Geert Standaert, Chief Technology Officer at Proximus.

Proximus leads a series of upcoming worldwide LoRa based LPWA deployments that will be realized by other countries in Europe and overseas in the next coming months.

Practical use cases

The current LoRa deployments are being used for several use cases. One of them involves asset tracking luggage carts at Zaventem Airport. Sensors which are implemented on these carts can display their location in order to increase efficiency. Furthermore, a smart parking solution will be shortly launched in order to guide car drivers via the Smart Parking app to the nearest empty parking space. Other examples of operational use cases are fridge monitoring and maintenance of offices. 

Leveraging the ThingPark platform for Internet of Things services

The ThingPark Wireless solution requires a low-cost antenna to connect sensors in a 2-5 km radius for dense cities or in a 15 km radius for countryside applications. The ThingPark Wireless solution has been integrated to Proximus’ Application Enablement platform M2M Factory. 

Actility sees live activation of its dynamic profile users on Belgian grid for Demand Response

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Actility sees live activation of its dynamic profile users on Belgian grid for Demand Response

Elia, Belgium’s TSO, has officially connected Actility to the Transmission grid as an automated Demand Response Service Provider. 

 

Actility annonce son activation réussie par Elia sur le réseau de transmission belge en tant que fournisseur de services d’effacement

Suite à l’appel d’offre lançé par l’opérateur du réseau de transmission Belge pour ouvrir le mécanisme de réserve tertiaire à de nouveaux participants, Actility Benelux a été sélectionné pour agréger un groupe de sites industriels Belges pour des services d’ajustement