An IoT Application For A Virtual Power Plant Platform Helps In Proactive Energy Assets Management Across Australasia

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Client Overview
An Australian renewable energy market leader wanted to build an IoT application for its virtual power plant platform. The client had the vision to help businesses and households use the solar capacity expected to touch 80.22GW by 2030. We partnered with the client to build an IoT application on the .NET framework with built-in CRM capabilities that helped consumers interact with the virtual platform. Syncing the application with Azure was also a priority as it helped in collecting the energy information from the region's households and commercial centers in real time.
Business Needs
The client approached Flexsin with their IoT Application Development need to have a centralized data access for all energy information in an easy to understand format in real-time with graphical visualization to draw inference, extract business intelligence and user information for best business outcomes. The client wanted following features in their virtual power plant to provide visibility and functionality to their customers.

  • Real Time Data
  • Performance Monitors
  • Market Predictions
  • Efficient and Sustainable
  • Specific Operating Modes
  • Auto Alert Response to Technical Issue
Strategy & Solution
Our application for Karit virtual power plant cloud based central control center leveraged the advantage of IoT devices to aggregate the capabilities of distributed energy sources for energy trading and providing ancillary services for the system operators and users.

Use of dynamic CRM allowed for multiple users to login into the application to see the details for their energy use, purchase, sale and trading. The benefit for client was that they need not purchase multiple licenses, and dynamic CRM capabilities of the application provided certain level of dynamism and flexibility to the application.

Front-end Karit VPP can be operated by the consumers as the modestly sized power station. Karit brings forward a fresh approach to how energy is generated, consumed or traded with its sustainable energy solutions that are cost effective too. Karit allows consumers to bring together distributed energy assets with its efficient management. The virtual power plant enables energy communities, retailers and large multi-site energy consumers to efficiently utilize their energy distribution assets.

Our solution had following front-end features for energy users:

  • Deployment of distributed energy assets
  • Reduction in the cost of energy
  • Hedge against a volatile wholesale market
  • Gain greater control over energy management and costs

Backend Our developers had to ensure that the application syncs well with Azure cloud to collect all required information in real-time, like the cost of energy generation, energy consumed and the revenue generated from sales. The IoT device of Karit VPP had to keep track of all these parameters for best business outcomes for the client. To achieve this, our developers utilized their expertise in dynamic CRM and .Net development to provide the clients with needed functionalities in the application.

  • Net technology to access Azure cloud
  • CRM as user facing interface
  • IoT device with real time analytics
  • Energy information and data

Development process Our application had to coordinate a whole lot of small, controllable and distributed energy resources and aggregate the data for centralized and single view access by the client in real time. For this, we had to develop a dynamic CRM as user facing interface wherein the energy users can view the details of their energy generation, consumption and sale by simply logging into the application. The application was developed using .Net technology at the backend so that required information and parameters could be accessed from Azure cloud in real-time for the energy users to view and get insight. Our development process implemented following features in Karit VPP

  • Real time data monitoring for production storage and distribution
  • Push coding on IoT to store data on Azure
  • Pull coding at IoT level to get data from IoT
  • CRM created work request and Jira

The end result was that our solution turned out to be cost-effective for the client. The client was able to access information from the application in real-time.
Business Outcomes
The application can be used by the client to get metrics on various energy parameters that could be used by the client for business intelligence and taking corrective measures in good time if there is some issue or low productivity. The application empowered the client with the needed energy information and data, thus allowing them to get best output and improved ROI from their virtual power plant. The application could account for real-time network losses, technical constraints like voltage and current limits, and also for individual household's specific needs.

Other key features of Karit virtual power platform include the below ones:

  • Distributed energy resources close to consumption sites with no impact on air quality or health
  • Remodeling for a shifting global energy market leveraging IoT capabilities and predictive analytics
  • Virtual platform that can be fully and seamlessly integrated with energy market and weather services
  • Harnessing sustainable energy efficiently with well managed process of logistics and distribution
  • Data analysis and data mining in Power BI for predictive analytics and alerts on under performance
  • Energy infrastructure for locally owned and locally managed businesses
Client's Speak
Fantastic experience. I would highly recommend them to anybody serious about getting things done.
Brett Milne
Co-Founder - Karit Limited, Queensland, Australia
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