A smart energy management service that balances the electricity grid
Today's electricity networks are more complex than ever. Changing energy consumption patterns, the integration of renewable energy and increasing demands on energy supply have created a need for smart solutions. One such solution is the efficient and innovative energy management service offered by Qilowatt in partnership with Fusebox, which helps balance the electricity grid and benefits both consumers and network operators.
Fusebox is a platform-based service that enables flexible energy consumption and participation in balancing the electricity grid. It acts as a virtual power station, connecting different consumers and their energy resources into a single entity. The Fusebox aims to optimise energy consumption by directing it according to market demand and grid needs.
How does Fusebox work?
Fusebox uses advanced software algorithms and real-time data analytics to monitor energy consumption patterns and respond to grid demands. This allows the Fusebox to regulate energy consumption according to the current state of the network and to participate in balancing supply and demand. The Fusebox platform communicates directly with energy producers and network operators to ensure seamless cooperation and maximum efficiency.
Balancing the network!
The Fusebox participates in the balancing of the network, reducing the load at critical moments and thus contributing to the stability of the electricity grid. This will help to avoid overloading the grid and reduce the need for fossil fuel power plants.
Fusebox compensates consumers for their contribution to balancing the grid. Consumers can earn a return by reducing their energy consumption at critical times or by shifting it to lower-cost periods. This means that Fusebox pays consumers a shared return, motivating them to play an active role in ensuring energy balance. The service provided in the energy market is mFRR, which stands for "Manual Frequency Restoration Reserve", an English term that translates as "manual frequency restoration reserve". mFRR is a source of back-up power used in electricity networks to restore frequency balance.
What is mFRR
mFRR, or Manual Frequency Restoration Reserve, is a system that allows you to react to changes in the frequency of the power grid and restore frequency balance. Here is a general overview of how mFRR works:
The frequency of our electricity network is 50 Hz. Maintaining the grid is critical for its operation and the reliability of electrical equipment. Small frequency fluctuations occur in the electricity network when the balance between electricity generation and consumption is disturbed. For example, if a large generating unit is shut down, or if a large number of electricity consumers are switched on or off, the frequency may temporarily fluctuate.
An electricity network operator, such as Elering in Estonia, detects a frequency change and registers that the electricity network needs intervention to balance the frequency. mFRR is the reserve capacity in power plants or other sources of electricity generation. These power sources must be able to respond quickly to compensate for frequency fluctuations on the network. To ensure stability, additional energy must be injected into the grid or reduced. Elering sends an encrypted command to Fusebox, which then forwards it to all its customers. If there is a shortage of energy on the grid, instead of adding more energy to ensure stability, consumption can be reduced. This is what Qilowatt offers in partnership with Fusebox and all its customers.
At the command of the mFRR, the different power sources increase or decrease their power output according to the required level to restore the frequency balance. If the frequency has decreased, production is increased, and if the frequency has increased, production is reduced.
The mFRR restores the frequency of the network to normal levels, ensuring the stability of the power system. The balance between electricity generation and consumption is restored and the frequency is maintained at the desired nominal level.