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Distributed localised control & settlement for painless DSR using existing assets to crowdsource flexibility

Backed by the UK Government iDSR is an innovative way to deliver DSR (Demand Side Response). iDSR learns behaviour and preferences of energy consumers and identifies controllable demand.

iDSR uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) and sophisticated communications systems to control building comfort systems to deliver DSR responses. Comfort systems including lighting and HVAC (Heating, Ventaliation and Air-Conditioning) are controlled. Our AI based system observes the comfort system settings and user interactions, learning about the building users’ usage patterns and preferences. This allows iDSR to automatically find ways comfort systems can be adjusted during a DSR call. This allows us to deliver reduced electrical load without disturbing the building users or interfering with business operations, leading to a painless DSR experience.

Because our iDSR system has at its heart a machine learning system it has two major advantages:

  • Cost-Effective: because it is self-configuring we avoid the need for expensive consultancy time to configure the system. This highly cost effective setup allows us to capture and aggregate smaller loads than would otherwise be economically feasible.
  • Maintained Performance: Once iDSR has performed its initial training and setup it doesn’t stop. It continues to observe and take account of user feedback to adjust its response. This is vital because user’s preferences will change over time and building usage may change over time. This prevents the degradation in performance that will occur over time in a static system.

The iDSR system operates continuously, as an autonomous agent, on site with detailed local models and robust localized decision making. This autonomous agent is always considering the building users’ needs and also meeting the needs of the electricity Grid for flexibility, during DSR calls.

Because the system provides low-cost installation, self-configuration and self-maintenance it will bring many more energy use sites into DSR participation. This will bring the benefit of a distributed aggregated response to the grid, allowing support for distribution-network constraints, in addition to generation capacity support. In addition it will allow access to paid DSR for many non-domestic energy users such as smaller factories, offices, schools, retailers and hospitality businesses.