Energy utilities professionals work in institutions managing, as efficiently and effectively as possible, energy production and/or energy distribution and/or (partly or in its entirety) the distribution infrastructure. The energy utilities professionals may also use the services of external consultants.
This category comprises:

  • Enterprises that provide and sell energy and that manage energy grids and networks;
  • Energy service companies;
  • ICT enterprises, which develop applications for energy saving and energy management.

DIMMER provides Energy utilities professionals the solutions allowing them to check and simulate the functioning of the network(s) they manage by:

  • Modifying features and / or adding or removing components;
  • Defining the ranges of variation of the parameters for the simulations (aging speed of components, changes in the price of natural resources, changes in taxes on energy consumption, change speed of the “invariable” features of the buildings, diffusion rate of the thermostatic valves, external temperatures, etc.);
  • Simulating the effects of different pricing schemes.

Scenarios

The head of the Planning and Development Office of the local DH company accesses the DIMMER portal as “energy utility professional”. He visualizes on a map the peak shaving index for all the buildings connected to the DH network. Results derive from simulations based on the parameters he set through the Energy Efficiency Engine. He identifies some optimal results in terms of reduction of primary energy use, CO2 emissions and increased spare heat generation capacity. In this way, he gets the data allowing him to have a clearer picture of the zones toward which the DH network should expand first. He uses the data to produce a report that he will give to the Commercial Office. The Commercial Office too will benefit from all these simulations. Indeed, they considerably increase its possibility to work on the conception of new effective tariff schemes and new commercial offers for building administrators.
DIMMER identifies the automation needs required to optimally manage energy infrastructures in real time. DIMMER estimates that, should this infrastructure become automated, the University campus could meet its current energy needs at lower carbon and economic costs, while providing valuable capacity services to the distribution and transmission networks, and energy services to the wholesale electricity and balancing markets. In light of this, an ESCo is willing to make an agreement with the University, which entitles it to a share of the revenue associated with the provision of capacity and energy services for the next 5 years in exchange for investing in the required automation infrastructure. This agreement benefits the University by providing it with automation infrastructure, lower carbon and economic costs and a share of revenue from the provision of services.

If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact us:

dimmerFP7@polito.it

Politecnico di Torino,
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
10129 Turin (Italy)