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Arnhem Picks OpenRemote's Energy Management IoT Solution to Develop an Intelligent Energy Management System
OpenRemote is a professional open-source IoT project, which aims to overcome the challenges of integrating many different communication protocols and data sources into a single, easy to use data management solution.
FREMONT, CA: The City of Arnhem selected OpenRemote’s open-source IoT solution to develop an intelligent energy management system using advanced IoT technology. This new data management platform will allow the city’s energy managers to automate and oversee a distributed energy system combining solar and wind power installations, electric fleet chargers, cold ironing for ships, and battery storage, through a powerful desktop and mobile application.
“Thanks to our flexible IoT Solution, diverse data sources using distinct communication protocols can be interconnected into a single integrated platform. That means that all the units that compose Kleefsewaard’s distributed energy system can now come seamlessly together in a centralised energy management system. Thanks to advanced IoT capabilities, relevant weather data has been added to predict energy generation, while feedback from the application’s optimisation routine is translated into charging and discharging commands and requested power setpoints, making the whole system more effective and easier to manage”, explained Pierre Kil, CEO of OpenRemote.
The system can forecast power generation, consumption, and carbon costs for the upcoming 24 hours. These essential data points are used to define optimal charging and discharging cycles for the energy storage unit and assess the vehicle fleet storage capacity while considering the minimum required power indicated by the charging service provider.
The application will feature a dashboard to enable energy managers to supervise the whole system and monitor financial and carbon savings through a set of performance indicators. An “Insights” section within the app will display key system parameters such as local energy, self-consumption, or save costs in a personalized, single-page view. Users will also automatically be alerted by the app in case of abnormal system behavior, as determined per pre-defined rules, and receive a first analysis of the potential root cause.
“We are currently developing our own customized solution with the active support of the OpenRemote team. The end result will be a smart energy management system that is tailored to our specific optimisation and reporting needs and hosted in our own secure environment. It will become a key tool to facilitate and improve the work of both our energy managers and maintenance personnel,” commented Peter Swart, Program manager Energy at the City of Arnhem.