The pilot projects in Switzerland
The potential of the crowd balancinc platform in Switzerland
Swissgrid has investigated the potential of the crowd balancing platform in a pilot project in Switzerland. The project The project in cooperation with Alpiq started in summer spring 2020 and will last until the end of the year was successfully completed at the end of the year. With its experience with flexible, rapid implementation of new projects and its large, flexible technology and production portfolio, Alpiq proved to be the ideal partner for the Swiss pilot project. Alpiq assumed both the role of commercial aggregator and the role of technical aggregator. Alpiq controlls the plants and offers the aggregated flexibility on the market for system services and provides Swissgrid with primary control energy. In the pilot project, a 1.2 MW battery was used as a flexible energy resource.
The Swiss pilot project of the Crowd Balancing Platform has reached important milestones and has proven its potential.
The process of calling up primary control power was successfully tested in the pilot project. This includes, in particular, the registration of flexible resources, the submission of offers and awarding of bids and the real-time monitoring of data exchange between Alpiq and Swissgrid. The question whether a blockchain can support the process of providing primary control power and whether aggregators or storage owners with backend systems can integrate the blockchain interfaces was answered with a yes. The features of the crowd balancing platform that have been developed and tested have thus successfully demonstrated the potential of blockchain solution for the future monitoring of primary control energy business processes. This is an important first milestone.
The future use of decentralised energy sources and consumers
During the second quarter of 2021 Swissgrid and ewz launched a new project in connection with the crowd balancing platform Equigy. The project involves the development and testing of an innovative approach to future use of decentralised energy sources and consumers such as domestic battery storage systems, photovoltaic plants, heat pumping technology or electric vehicles, in line with the needs of transmission and distribution grids.
The pilot project consists of two phases: a preparatory and an execution phase. During the preparatory phase, the framework conditions and the business requirements for collaboration among all players – the DSO, the TSO and the aggregator that manages the flexible resources – are being developed. In the subsequent execution phase, these requirements are to be incorporated in the development of pilot software. This makes it possible to carry out tests of the relevant coordination processes on the Equigy platform. The pilot research project was launched in the second quarter of 2021 and is likely to be completed by the middle of 2022.