Smart Grid Operators and Utilities
A widely known and promoted short-term goal EU has set is about reducing its emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. Currently, the entire energy supply chain, with each player realising to various degrees the necessity to endorse and carry out this goal, is going through major transformations: from top-down, monolithic, one-way to bottom-up, distributed, bidirectional. In the on-going energy market evolution consumers are to play a significant role: they increasingly become more active participants of the energy system by self-generating through distributed energy sources or by appropriately shaping their demand as a response to underlying energy market incentives. The GEYSER project, recognizing data centres as valuable energy aware consumers and producers, or in other words prosumers, develops tools and novel business models to effectively integrate them with the smart grid.
To that end, the GEYSER project sets the scenery for a future local balancing (near) real-time energy marketplace tailored specifically to grid stakeholders. In particular, the under development marketplace contributes towards utilities sustainability, as the adopting data centres will be able to offer ancillary services by appropriately shaping their consumption or storage patterns and thus absorbing a significant share of the surplus energy injected into the grid. Then, utilities may be alleviated from the need to power down or slow down their operations. Moreover, GEYSER may exploit on-site distributed energy sources in order to offer ancillary services, like voltage and frequency control.