Australian energy software provider Evergen will bring its solar and battery optimization technology to Japan after a pilot project with Japanese companies Sharing Energy and Sassor to explore how best to commercialize distributed energy in Japan, including rooftop solar and Residential battery energy storage system.
Sydney-based energy technology software company Evergen has partnered with Japanese energy supply and management service provider Sharing Energy and energy service design company Sassor to accelerate the demonstration of technology to commercialize the remote management of Tokyo-owned distributed energy resources (DERs). Headquarters share energy.
Three-way partnership brings together Evergen’s optimization technology and ability to orchestrate virtual power plants (VPPs) through microgrids and demand response networks with Sassor’s resource aggregation systems and Sharing Energy’s expertise in developing and distributing solar and battery storage systems .
Sharing Energy, whose plans include the Share Denki (electricity) rooftop solar and storage package, is looking to expand its aggregation business to maximize the benefits associated with the deployment of renewable technologies.
The company said it will look to Evergen to provide alerting, monitoring, fleet management, manual scheduling, reporting, site optimization and control application programming interfaces (APIs) through its software platform.
Evergen says its technology enables digital optimization of the energy supply chain, maximizing the deployment of renewable technologies, including residential and commercial solar and battery systems. The technology also allows batteries, generators and loads to be coordinated across fleets, enabling energy generators, retailers and distributors to use these systems as VPPs.
Sharing Energy said the partnership with Evergen and Sassor is expected to demonstrate the potential of community-based renewable energy to achieve stable electricity supply and carbon neutrality.
Sharing Energy CEO Kazuyuki Uemura said the company would be looking to draw on the knowledge and expertise of Evergen and Sassor on how best to commercialize Japan’s growing popularity of distributed energy resources.
“We believe this pilot project will demonstrate the potential of community-based renewable energy and pave the way for the widespread adoption of similar projects in the future,” he said.
Using Evergen’s API and Sassor’s resource aggregator system, Sharing Energy will integrate and remotely control its residential PV systems and home batteries, and explore the benefits of commercializing aggregated services such as demand response and VPP.
Evergen chief executive and managing director Ben Hutt said the partnership was “a great opportunity to showcase the excellence of Australian technology in Japan”.
“We can bring a lot to Japan’s uniquely high energy prices, advanced technology, government support, ambitious targets to increase renewable energy and DER management,” he said.
Expectations are high for aggregators who will use DER resources to help maintain the balance between Japan’s electricity supply and demand. The Japanese government aims to reduce carbon emissions by 46% from 2013 levels by 2030, with renewable energy accounting for 36-38% of the country’s energy production.
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