T-Flow® “Demand Response” solution, enables clients and customers to reduce electric consumption significantly without disrupting their operations.
The new comprehensive and multi-faceted solution provides commercial energy customers with the ability to seamlessly connect to the nation’s electrical grid and participate in lucrative Demand Response (DR) programs. This includes earning lucrative cash incentives from local utilities and energy responders when requested to rapidly reduce energy consumption during peak periods.
“Utilities are always looking for cost-effective power, especially during periods of higher than usual demand, such as during heat waves or extreme cold spells,” said Isaac H. Sutton, Tarsier’s CEO. “That is good news for companies that consume large amounts of energy, because they are prime candidates to participate in DR Programs. Additionally, the faster DR participants can respond to a utility’s request for power, the more valuable they become to that utility. T-Flow enables customers to easily participate in the most lucrative DR programs year-round by helping them to rapidly curtail energy consumption, in essence making energy available to the utility in real-time when called upon.”
Unlike conventional DR (1.0), T-Flow is a DR 2.0 and uses proprietary algorithms that allow facilities to be connected to the grid (NYISO and PJM) in real-time. This allows large industrial clients such as factories, hospitals and schools to participate in a broader range of more profitable programs not available to DR 1.0 customers.
In addition to its DR applications, T-Flow provides a tremendous amount of valuable information regarding the flow, frequency and stability of the energy being consumed or reduced.
This info is being monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by Tarsier’s Network Operations Center who are on call to provide safety and security from end-to-end. T-Flow can manage the flow of energy to and from any power source (e.g. the nation’s grid, micro-grids, back-up batteries, generators, etc.). The data it provides is also used to monitor the flow of electricity into a facility and/or its machinery, which is then optimized to improve energy efficiency, reliability and lifespan of essential equipment.
Electricity grids were designed specifically to deliver electricity from power plants to homes, offices, factories and other buildings. Grids are made up of interlinked networks of wires, substations and transformers. Electricity is created in the power plant and sent at high voltage through wires to local transformers where the voltage is stepped down so it can be used safely. Grids are a one-way process. Electricity companies make electricity and deliver it to electricity consumers. But this model no longer works. Today many “consumers” of electricity are also becoming “producers” of electricity.
It’s becoming popular to manufacture electricity locally so it doesn’t have to be sent long distances over a grid where much of it is lost as heat. Photovoltaic solar panels, windmills, hydropower, geothermal, bio- energy and many other ways to produce “clean” electricity locally are coming on-stream in locations around the world. These reduce the amount of electricity that needs to be bought and delivered through the grid. But they also create problems. Traditional electricity grids are not designed to integrate new energy solutions – they’re designed only to sell and deliver electricity.
Up until now the business model has been simple. Electricity companies make electricity and deliver it over the grid to consumers who pay for it. Now many consumers are producing their own electricity to offset the electricity provided by the grid. In fact, some consumers are now producing more electricity than they need and would like to sell it back to the electricity company. Traditional grid technologies were never designed for this.
Recently the concept of the “microgrid” has come into favour. A microgrid is precisely what it sounds like – a smaller version of the electricity grid designed specifically for a particular place. Microgrids can be designed for entire city districts, apartment compounds, university campuses, science or business parks, hospitals, schools, factories and many more collections of buildings. The microgrid is still attached to the traditional electricity grid but is designed to be self-contained. If it’s cut off from the main electricity supply it can still function by itself using locally produced and locally stored electricity.
Inside the microgrid electricity can be bought, sold and stored.
Based on technologies used by power companies and consumers in the USA, T-Flow is the first commercially available micro-grid management platform available in China. It can be used to manage and control the electricity grid as small as a single building or as large as an entire village, town or city district. T-Flow manages every aspect of electricity purchase, sale, delivery and storage and can help reduce electricity costs by as much as 50%. T-Flow takes Grid Connectivity, Load Control, Demand Response and Energy Management to a whole new level.
T-Flow manages all aspects of purchasing, selling, delivering and storing electricity. Where more than one electricity supplier is available, T-Flow monitors the electricity market in realtime, selects the lowest cost provider and switches seamlessly from one supplier to another. This can be done many times a day if necessary.
Companies or even consumers who produce solar energy, geothermal energy, hydropower or bioenergy can use T-Flow to manage their relationship with the power companies buying from the lowest-cost provider and selling excess electricity to the highest bidder.
Peak Load Reduction
T-Flow uses Rolling Adaptive Load Control to ensure that the electricity consumer always purchases only the electricity needed at the lowest cost possible every second of every day. T-Flow actively monitors and responds to peaks in electricity demand by shutting down non-essential equipment and selling excess capacity back to the Grid.
Stored power is defining the future of national energy infrastructures. If properly maintained, managed and connected to the Grid, battery systems can instantly respond to power outages making them a valuable asset for any facility that requires constant power such as hospitals, telecommunications facilities and data centers.
Batteries can also be an efficient way to reduce energy costs as they can be used to store power purchased from the Grid during off-peak times when electricity costs are low and supply it to the facility during peak demand periods when costs are higher.
T-Flow complements battery storage by enabling it to:
- Reduce consumers peak demand charges
- Provide backup power during outages
- Create new revenue streams by using the batteries to provide ancillary services.
- US Patent Application 20140246909 A1 covers aggregation of variable loads used for frequency regulation and the use of predictive data analytics to manage resource capacity with 20 claims relating thereto
- Proprietary machine learning algorithm for chiller controls
- Facility and ISO SCADA and market integration know-how that can only be gained through experience
- Teachable depth of understanding of ISO markets, communications details, and procedures that take time to build and apply
Micro-grid Management Platform has been available in the USA for over 5 years. The platform has been used successfully by a number of major customers for several years. Customers include: