Throughout the past several years, the Asian continent has been making great strides in the adoption of renewable energy. Growing concerns about climate change and carbon emissions have pushed businesses and governments to embrace new energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. As these have been adopted into the electrical grid, though, they have introduced a certain degree of instability as this type of energy can only be generated under specific weather conditions. Consequently, Asian utilities have been tasked with the responsibility of finding new and innovative ways to keep the grid stable. This has been accomplished through smart grid software.
What is Smart Grid Software?
Smart grid software makes it possible for utilities to manage any variations in energy production by automatically shifting energy to precisely where it is needed in the grid. At the same time, it makes it possible for consumers to make more efficient use of energy. Software like this employs data from smart meters and sensors in order to monitor electricity consumption, feed-in/flows within the grid, analyze information, and execute smart decisions designed to optimize grid operations.
This is all accomplished through demand response mechanisms. Demand response, as you are likely aware, encourages consumers to use more electricity during off-peak hours. This helps to stabilize the grid during times when electricity is usually in high demand, while helping users save money. In some cases, users may even be paid for shifting their power load to off-peak times.
Asia Paves the Way to the Clean Energy Revolution
While demand response mechanisms and smart grid technology are not foreign concepts to countries like the United States, we tend to differ from the Asian energy climate in that we have not quite reached the level of expected growth for renewable energy sources on a commercial level. As a result, the potential for embracing smart grid technology is greatest in areas that need more grid stability. This practice proves that it's possible to rely on natural energy sources without decreasing the reliability of the grid.
At the same time, there are still areas throughout Asia which are not yet connected to the main grid. Herein lies the opportunity for building solar (or other renewable energy sources) and storage. In this way, remote regions can be served independently.
The combination of energy being produced by individual households, businesses, and governments is bringing a whole new dynamic into the equation of utilities management. Instead of centralized power plants serving a community, the system is becoming much more fragmented, with electricity being generated in numerous small-scale facilities. Once again, though, Asia is proving that no problem is insurmountable in the quest towards clean energy. Many regions are embracing solutions like "Virtual Power Plant Manager." This Bosch-developed software works to automate the process of load management and voltage stabilization, and can guarantee supply by reading data and making decisions to optimize operations.
There's a lot to be said for Asia's strides towards the clean energy revolution, and we're looking forward to seeing the far-reaching impact of the changes they have made. Ready to bring the clean energy revolution closer to home? Talk to NuEnergen about your options today.