As a recipient under the Demand Response initiative, Zen Ecosystems will deploy its “smart” connected thermostats across Victoria and South Australia, to aggregate and control heating and cooling within commercial and residential buildings. The project will aim to deliver 5 MW of demand response reserve from 1 December 2017, increasing to 15 MW of demand response reserve in year 3.
How the project works
The Zen Ecosystems project will deliver its reserve through direct load control, where air conditioning, heating and ventilation can be automated by ZenHQ using a network of connected thermostats across Victoria and South Australia in the commercial and residential customer segments. Residential customers are also able to participate in a behavioural demand response program to voluntarily contribute to managing their energy usage during peak demand.
Area of innovation
The automated, “smart” and connected Zen Thermostat is an innovative approach to reducing peak loads on an energy network. Zen, an Australian company, trialled this approach successfully in the United States, where it was able to show energy savings of between 10-30%.
The program will help to establish whether demand response can assist in maintaining a stable electricity grid in Victoria and South Australia.
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