The Enel X business group of Enel Group, which is partnering with RSE to provide electricity grid synchronization services, will for the first time in Italy be able to provide residential energy storage facilities with a variety of innovative products and automated solutions.
The project permits the installation of residential energy storage systems to allow private users to engage in active demand management programs that UVAM aggregates. The latter units allow the dispersed capital to engage in the delivery of electricity grid flexibility services.
“The potential of this experimentation is enormous: there are thousands of residential batteries in Italy that will help ensure the stability of the power system. This is a milestone for the country on its path towards an increasingly sustainable energy model,” says Marco Gazzino, Enel X’s Head of Innovation as well as Product Lab “More specifically, the aggregator enables generation and storage plants distributed throughout the territory to participate in the network services market reserved until recently only to large production plants or industrial loads. Residential users will also be able to turn their batteries into active resources.”
Once a system is tested for the experimental project, Enel X implements a contact and remote-control device for the storage unit. It allows the storage unit to provide power system operation with a management system, which aims at reducing the impact on battery charge condition and performance, taking into consideration the natural self-consumption functions.
Improved resilience of the energy system is required for the distribution of power produced by unprogrammable renewable resources – for example wind and sun – to ensure network stabilization. To order to meet this need, greater stability and reliability of the energy infrastructure are being generated aggressive demand management programs.
Demand response allows industrial and commercial customers, by responding to fluctuations in power supply or demand, to take an active role in the electricity system by increasing or cutting energy consumption.
Including wired medium and small-size batteries in successful demand response systems would help to create the development of an ever more distributable and sustainable platform.
The project reflects a further step forward in bringing centralized functionality and aims to validate how domestic consumers respond to requests.