Technological and Infrastructural Challenge
What technologies and infrastructures?Any physical (hardware) or virtual (software) assets which could be relevant for the operation of an energy community. From installations that use, store or produce electricity to any technological system which communicates, monitors, steers, or manages asset operation within a smart grid.
When are we technologically and infrastructurally ready?The technological and infrastructural readiness to enable P2P energy trading within an energy community requires transcending the equipment typically available at the dwelling level for a traditional consumer (i.e., loads consuming electricity). A P2P-ready energy community must have assets for electricity production and possibly storage, as well as systems for smart metering to monitor each peer's action, devices enabling seamless communication between participants, and tools which allow the management and operation of all technological assets.
How to find out?There are questions about:
- Devices that mainly use electricity, such as hot water, heating and cooling systems, among other electric appliances.
- Systems which allow electricity storage, such as batteries.
- Installations that produce electricity from renewable sources, such as PV panels.
- Equipment for the communication, monitoring, steering, and managing asset operation within a smart grid.