Distributed Energy Network Optimisation Platform (DENOP)
DENOP is a cloud-based software platform that integrates to customer’s distributed energy resources (DER) and can coordinate these resources to deliver improved network performance and customer experience. With the growing interest in DER and its rapid uptake, not only are distribution networks facing new issues but there is also a big opportunity to use these resources and optimise them in ways that benefits both customers and distribution networks.
Why was the trial important?
DENOP implements the concept where DER actively contributes to help the network run more efficiently and ultimately provide customers with lower electricity bills. Through careful orchestration of solar resources, more capacity is made available for other customers to connects and allow them to increase their total solar generation.
What did the trial investigate?
With DENOP, active DER management can be harnessed to run the network more efficiently by:
- Using battery storage to balance power flows
- Managing solar to smooth network voltages
- Energy management to improve network utilisation
- Increasing the amount of solar that can be installed on the network
- Increasing the amount of solar generation that can be produced per customer
- Reliability is respectively improved when managing all the above
What's next for DENOP?
There is a strategy in place that sets the direction through to 2025 for continued development of DENOP functions and capabilities, and staged deployment as a 'Business As Usual (BaU)' solution. The high degree of change and uncertainty in the DER space means that the strategy can only provide a direction, not a fixed work program. Flexibility is required to adapt and re-prioritise on a continual basis.