Our aim is to foster the deployment of decentralized energy systems, leveraging the potential of hydrogen as a new energy vector and the promise of big data analytics to address the complexity of such systems.
Decentralized energy systems are inherently rife with uncertainty and risk:
- significant up-front capital costs with payback periods generally beyond 3 years
- complexity, maturity and robustness of new technologies involved
- new disciplines on suppliers and users, for example to achieve supply and demand matching
- local community acceptance and governance, ...
We focus our efforts on the development of a suite of tools and practices to alleviate these risks and build consensus around the emergence of decentralized energy systems from the very first intention until the system is in full operation.
Our business model relies on our ability to extract similarities and synergies between various energy systems, be it in Mangalore or Lille.
Our difference is in our readiness to become one of the key stakeholders of these decentralized energy systems.
The first tool from our suite is called TedHy. It represents a combination of advanced simulation, data visualization and decision management tools for urban or regional systems modeling. This tool, which we still continue to develop and enhance, takes into account current and future energy needs -both public and private- on the one hand and existing energy sources and distribution infrastructure on the other hand. The simulation runs under the financial constraint of mid-term economic viability. This modeling process allows decision makers to look at different options and eventually select a route map that provides a common platform for decision-making.
The modeling process is highly adaptable. It can be applied when retrofitting an existing urban area or when designing a new program. In Cambrai -North of France-, we are part of a flagship project to revitalize an ex NATO base. For us, TedHy answers a set of high-level planning and design questions.
The success of a decentralized energy system relies as much on the quality of its technical outlay as on the resilience of the communities interlinked with involved infrastructure. The alignment between mixed communities around a shared goal is key to this. On the other hand, lack of innovation practice, characteristic of local communities remains a barrier to their ability to take risk.
We are providing a platform to help stakeholders better engage in the future decentralized energy system project, outlining their role and position in the overall configuration. The platform is first of all educative to overcome the intrinsic complexity of energy. It also stimulates action by shedding a different light on the different risks at stake and the alternatives to alleviate them.
As a straight continuation, our pedagogic methodology accelerates participation around the platform.
Beyond planning, operating decentralized energy systems induces many challenges:
- matching demand and supply
- taking into account network constraints and opportunities (power and gaz)
- coping with large uncertainties (intermittency of renewable sources, stochasticity of consumption patterns), ...
We work to deliver real time control and command softwares to protect, monitor and automate critical hydrogen process and infrastructure. We also aim at complementing these management softwares with local grid visualization tools accessible to various users in order to incentivize efficient behaviors.
The back end of these solutions consists of different matching algorithms with respect to their efficiency, the behavior of stakeholders and the pricing incentives leveraging quantitative techniques from operations research, industrial organization and auction theory.