The project aims to make recommendations about the implementation of control, communications, and business schemes for enabling thermal loads to provide ancillary services in the form of control reserves for the Swiss power grid. Ancillary services provide a fast-reacting compensation for a power shortage or surplus in the transmission grid.
Thermal loads such as building HVAC systems and household appliances have an inherent thermal storage capacity, which provides flexibility in their power consumption without compromising their original purpose. Hence, one can envision effective demand response schemes exploiting these thermal loads to balance the power grid locally, reducing transmission congestions, improving ancillary service market operations, and reducing power peaks. Most importantly, this facilitates the integration of renewable energy sources, which critically rely on ancillary services today. heatreserves is the first external project using the ehub platform after its launch.