We had a talk with Dr Roberto Arnanz from MUSE GRIDS Spanish partner CARTIF, responsible for the DSM controller.
Since the project kick-off, what have been the updates in Osimo/Oud-Heverlee for the DSM controller?
At this moment the DSM controller is still receiving inputs from the demos to guarantee that it fulfills the different needs of the users in both cities. A deep analysis of the generation assets and the demand loads has been carried out to understand how they can be used in a demand side management control scheme. The analysis has been focused mainly in their capability of providing flexibility what means, for example, that power required by the demand loads can be shifted along the day. This flexibility is a key capability of the systems for a successful control.
What do you think are the most important results since the beginning of the project?
In these last months all the partners involved in the control tasks reflected about the different functions that the controller should include apart of the control itself, as for example forecast modules or assets simulation models. How these modules can interact in a coordinate way have to be carefully defined in these last steps of the control design. Next month we will finish the definition of a control architecture that will be common for both demos and open for replication in new sites.
What should we expect in the upcoming months?
Once we have a clear and complete idea of the control architecture the next steps will be to select the best software tools and hardware for the future deployment in the demos and then start the programming of the control algorithms. Also first results about demand prediction and plant models are expected, what will be very important inputs for the controller to make day-ahead decisions based in reliable predictions.