February Innovation Event Achievement

Written by Mannu Rawat, Head of Product Design, Smart DCC.

In a recent Utility Week article, our CEO, Angus Flett, discussed how smart metering will drive the next phase of innovation in the energy industry. The Data Communications Company (DCC) is playing an important role in supporting this innovation through a series of innovation hub testing events. The events aim to test interoperability and innovation activities, allowing suppliers and partners to test and validate new product and technology integration with the secure data network provided by the DCC.

During the February event, held last week with our partners at the University of Chester Thornton Energy Centre, the DCC achieved the key step in the development of electricity load control management using SMETS2 compliant specification. It was successfully provided through a (SMETS2 compliant) DCC smart metering product and device connected to an electric vehicle charging point. The load control was managed by an Auxiliary Load Control Switch (ACLS) within the electricity meter connected to the electric vehicle charger.

Event under way at the University of Chester

It’s another key milestone following last year’s successful Consumer Access Device (CAD) interoperability and mobile app integration that allows energy monitoring by end consumers. The DCC customers and partners are key in supporting and facilitating innovation that will play an important role in shaping the future of the energy industry with developments such as consumer to consumer trading, vehicle to grid markets and energy load management. Energy storage, electric vehicle charging stations and consumer home area networks will form an integral part of the system and we thank our customers and partners in building further collaboration through innovation testing events now and in the future.

I’d like to thank our customers and partners who attended our event at the University of Chester last week for supporting us on this successful demonstration of the below use cases:

Interoperability between electric vehicle charging points and SMETS2 ESME ALCS (all related GBCS use cases).

Functionally, does the scheduled ALCS work and does it switch electric vehicle chargers correctly? Activation of load control function, both on demand and at pre-set time.

Can the consumption data of ALCS scheduling be monitored by consumers using non-smart metering related devices? i.e. accessing cloud storage on a consumer network.

Our next innovation event is planned for the 9th April 2019 and if you would like to participate in this event as either a device manufacturer or solutions provider then please contact the team on servicecentre@smartdcc.co.uk