In a traditional energy network the consumers usage is controlling the producers energy generation. This causes uneven and unpredictable load curves which do not provide optimal conditions for generation of energy. By coordinating the generation and the usage of energy, our limited resources can be utilized smarter. This gives benefits to both environment and economy.
Buildings can be used for heat storage in district heating networks to cut peak demand and avoid startups of oil-fired peak plants. Similarly, charging of electric cars and starting of dishwashers can be reoriented to the times of day when there is an ample supply of renewable electricity.
Johan Kensby, Jan Olof Dalenbäck, Anders Trüschel, Otto Olsson