To fully realize the European Demand Response potential, buildings must enter Demand Response schemes and expose all available flexibilities, including HVAC and thermal inertia, to the aggregator. However, several existing limitations need to be overcome:
- Interoperability and communication: A variety of communication technologies, protocols and data models are used in building automation and energy management systems and numerous smart grid standards exist.
- Cost: It is often cheaper to install a new BMS than to spend time and money to adapt an existing BMS.
- Functionality: Current BMSs do not support demand response applications out of the box. Moreover, market-ready interoperable solutions do not exist that considers DR potential of thermal inertia and comfort-related systems in buildings.
TABEDE aims to allowing all buildings to integrate energy grid demand response schemes through a low cost extender for BMS systems or as standalone system, which is independent of communication standards and integrate innovative flexibility algorithms.