The overarching goal of the MatchIT project is to increase the efficiency and reliability of the electricity grid by optimally and intelligently encouraging demand-supply matching of different sources of energy that are acceptable to end-users. We rely on an interdisciplinary study of the physical, social and technological properties of the grid, for which we identified four key objectives.
Objective 1. Develop user proof control and technical solutions for energy management that are acceptable to users and empower them to actively participate in the energy market. In addition, we test which incentives are effective in motivating users to match their energy demands with the variable supply of decentralized renewables.
Objective 2. Deliver technical solutions to users in the form of an ICT platform coupled with automation for energy management in buildings. We aim for a scalable platform that interfaces building users with the electricity grid and implements intelligent automated techniques to facilitate the matching of demand and supply by considering congestion, control signals, prices, user needs and building context information.
Objective 3. Deliver distributed control algorithms that will balance supply and demand while managing the complexity and restraints of the grid, and deliver different incentives. Based on physical, social behavioural, and technological data from the grid, MatchITs algorithms result in automated control designs for innovative integrated future demand-supply management.
Objective 4. Test the developed control methods in real life and scale existing living labs in the Netherlands and Sweden to bring the most recent scientific solutions to the market.