A trusted data platform that enables aggregators to seamlessly participate with smaller flexibility devices in electricity balancing markets across Europe while allowing the market to operate within grid limits.
The CBP Product
The CBP is a blockchain-based system to share relevant information between the participating parties in a transaction – such as TSOs, DSOs, Aggregators and data providers – in a trusted and secured way. The CBP facilitates the standardised registration, bidding and activation of flexibility transactions from aggregators of distributed energy resources (DERs). The CBP enables the proof of delivery of flexibility transactions, while allowing the market to operate within grid limits.
TSO - DSO System operators
The national Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and the Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are tasked with ensuring security of supply, so that power is available to everyone at the flick of a switch. This is becoming increasingly complex with the transition to renewable energy, given the unpredictable nature of renewables. At the same time, electricity consumption is changing, due to growing demand from electric vehicles (EVs), heat pumps, and other consumer-based devices. In addition, flexible power is being offered by small and diverse consumer-owned storage devices and EVs.
VDPValidation Data Providers
To validate these small, diverse energy transactions, we rely on data provided by independent third parties, like original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of home batteries and EVs, charge point operators (CPOs), and other internet of things (IoT) devices, such as smart meters. These original data sources validate energy transactions through blockchain technology, enabling the secure integration of flexibility from a wide range of small and diverse consumer devices and EVs.
Aggregator Pooling distributed flexibility
Aggregators are key to how energy from small and diverse resources is stored, optimised and fed into the grid. Owners of consumer devices or EVs, for example, can make money selling the excess electricity they generate via an aggregator, giving them an active role in grid-balancing and the broader energy transition. As a market player, the aggregator can help stabilise the electricity system.
How it works
A secure data layer to harness the power of flexible consumer-based assets for grid-balancing.
Tens of thousands of transactions
To address fundamental changes to the energy system, and create flexibility, aggregators can now offer flexibility from small and diverse energy sources. These are gathered from EVs, heat pumps, and other consumer-based devices. Of course, small-scale flexibility resources are more difficult to manage in the electricity system, as it requires tens of thousands of transactions. This is where Equigy comes in.
Equigy uses blockchain technology to register and validate these energy transactions. It allows TSOs and distribution network operators (DSOs) to track them in a secure and immutable ledger by making the flexible capacity of home-storage devices visible. The platform facilitates data exchange between stakeholders, and brings new players and technologies into the electricity value chain.
The transactions are validated based on data provided by independent third parties, such as OEMs of home batteries and EVs as well as by IoT devices such as smart meters and charging points. This allows consumers to be financially rewarded for their flexible battery capacity. Aggregators are key market players, facilitating this process and so helping to stabilise the electricity system.
Equigy works together with national Transmission System Operators to implement the CBP in each country according to the needs of their market.
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Our latest cases
November 10, 2021
be.storaged and TenneT use flexibility of battery storage to support stable network operation
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Engie & TenneT: enhance delivering aFRR with different types of flexible capacity
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September 10, 2020
Equigy: Swiss pilot project reaches first milestone
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April 20, 2020
The Mobility House uses EVs to overcome grid bottlenecks
As part of a showcase project of the German Ministry (SINTEG), batteries from all-electric Nissan LEAFs were used as storage devices for loc…
April 16, 2020
Swissgrid and partners are working on the CBP pilot for FCR
Swissgrid, together with other partners, works on the extension of CBP to cover one more balancing product – Frequency Containment Reserve (…
April 16, 2020
Moving towards a TSO 2.0 operating model
Terna is increasingly committed to establish an Open Innovation framework to investigate the potential of new flexibility resources and move…
April 9, 2020
Sonnen pilot: how home storage helps to balance grid
TenneT is increasingly turning to digital solutions to prepare our grid for more volatile renewable energy sources. As such, the TSO is inve…
April 9, 2020
Vandebron plugs car owners into the electricity market
This pilot project with the Dutch green energy company Vandebron gives electric car owners the opportunity to contribute to grid balancing w…
April 9, 2020
Nissan contributes to sustainable energy and mobility
TenneT, Nissan and energy company Envision have joined forces for a new step in making mobility and energy more sustainable. As part of the…