DER.OS: Enel X’s energy management software system
What makes Enel X’s range of battery storage solutions unique is its DER.OS (Distributed Energy Resources Optimization System), an end-to-end optimisation software platform that interfaces with distributed energy resources to monitor energy usage and production in real time. DER.OS automatically learns about your company’s operating data and behaviours, cross-referencing this with external data, such as weather forecasts, energy market prices, tariffs, demand prices, and available incentive programmes. The system then acts automatically to maximise financial gains and resilience for both utilities and commercial and industrial businesses.
This energy can then be used on demand when it is most advantageous for your company, such as when the grid is under severe stress. In particular, the software is designed to transfer your facility’s electricity load to the battery storage system at times when the latter will create maximum value for your company. If you opt for a standalone system, DER.OS charges the batteries when energy prices are lowest, and then uses that same energy when it is most advantageous to reduce demand on the grid (for instance, when energy prices go up, or when demand charge is calculated, or even when your company receives a Demand-Response programme-related request from the energy aggregator).
But, what makes our optimisation software so unique - compared to other solutions present on the market - is that it recalculates the optimal performance for your company every 15 minutes during the day. Generally speaking, the other software systems available on the market can only do so once a day, therefore not guaranteeing optimal performance if there are changes in the weather, prices or other variables.
Our software consists of two components - one cloud-based and one site-based - that interface with other software systems and hardware devices in a fully integrated energy management network. The software uses innovative, scalable cloud-based analytical tools to meet the demands of any segment of the energy market. The DER.OS analytical control tools can also aggregate the management of several different plants simultaneously, thus creating a virtual power station. This solution boosts efficiency and multiplies both savings and revenue streams thanks to the combination of multiple applications such as: Demand Charge Management, Time-of-Use Management and participation in Demand-Response programmes.