FOSDEM 2024, Smart Home meets Smart District

Jan 30, 2024 | Events

OpenRemote was at FOSDEM 2024, 3-4 February, the biggest open source developers meeting in Europe. We talked at the developers room Energy: Reimagining this ecosystem through Open Source.

Energy is more important than ever before now that the world is rapidly adopting renewable energy in the context of climate change, commitments to implementing ESG (environmental, social and governance) plans, and in light of rising prices due to geopolitical conflicts. This fundamental restructuring of our energy infrastructure requires many new technologies, including both hardware and software. This devroom brought attention to the existing projects in the field, showcase what can be done with them today and, together with attendees, build an interconnected vision of the path ahead.

The energy transition is causing major issues on our local network infrastructure as well as individual households to become self sufficient. A know problem for everybody attending. However a practical combined approach is new…

In the OpenRemote talk we presented several operational use cases, addressing the combined energy optimisation at household level and maximum self consumption within a district or microgrid (to prevent local congestion). Moreover, we demonstrated ways how two worlds, can meet in the middle: the one at grid level with DSO’s, system integrators and large (industrial, commercial) users) with the one at the home level (consumers, energy providers, consumer products). In addition we like shared and discussed how the merging of two traditionally separate domains (heating and electricity) will impact optimisation.

We showed operational use cases, fully build on open source: – Nottingham City Council – Microgrid optimisation at Eastcroft depot, with V2G, solar, storage, and agile tariffs – Amsterdam Sporenburg – Preventing network congestion involving 500 households, as well as controlling (public) charging infrastructure; preparing for energy sharing – Athens – Energy cooperation with shared solar plant, optimising self consumption with the community members smart homes

Watch the presentation by Eric Bariaux, 3 February 2024