The Zen Ecosystems Demand Response project will see Zen Ecosystems 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 Demand Response 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.
Media Release: AEMO and ARENA Demand Response Trial to Provide 200 Megawatts of Emergency Reserves for Extreme Peaks
ARENA and AEMO announced 10 pilot projects have been awarded funding under the demand response initiative to manage electricity supply during extreme peaks.Read the release
Report – ARENA/AEMO DR Trial Project Performance Report Summer 2019
This report outlines the key learnings that Zen will take away for future DR programme participation, as well as inform the industry of opportunities for future programme and policy design.Read the report
Report: Planet Innovation RERT Demand Response Program Performance Summary Summer 2017/18
This report documents the performance, learnings and findings of the Planet Innovation demand response program, run by Zen Ecosystems.Read the report
Report: ARENA/AEMO DR Trial Project Performance Report Summer 2017 and Winter 2018
This report details the latest details from the Period 2 winter tests for their behavioural DR program, as well as the commercial Frigbot and HVAC performance.Read the report
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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