In the context of the energy transition, energy communities are gaining increasing attention all over the world, in recent years. By participating in an energy community, prosumers may take a leading role in the energy transition and improve the self-consumption of renewable energy produced inside the community. Prosumers can carry out energy exchanges inside the energy community and provide ancillary services to the system operators, thus contributing to improve the efficiency and stability of the grid. A novel scalable, privacy-preserving, and real-time distributed parallel optimization is proposed to manage a large-scale energy community, considering energy exchanges inside the community according to the model of virtual self-consumption and the provision of ancillary services. The proposed method preserves the privacy of prosumers and allows the assessment of the impact of energy exchanges on the ancillary services provided by an energy community. Simulation results confirmed that the proposed method is superior in terms of privacy if compared with the equivalent centralized optimization and that it has a convergence rate higher than that of the splitting conic solver (SCS).
Abstract: Power electronics is a key technology for the energy transition. However, it remains a fragmented market, with expensive equipment and a long timer to market. To accelerate the energy transition and render power electronics accessible, OwnTech proposes an open-source fast prototyping tool. This tool comprises an open-hardware, open-software and open-dataware that can be used together to comprehensively create DC-DC and DC-AC applications. This presentation will present the technology, make a demonstration of its reprogrammability and explain the community ecosystem which everyone can join and participate.