Energy Storage & Hot Topics in Renewable Energy

Technical Symposium

DERNetSoft Web Energy Service Interface

Wednesday, September 26
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: 203AB

The impact of distributed energy resources (DERs) on the electric grid is real and growing, fueled by a convergence of factors. The growing penetration of DERs presents new issues such as interoperability for integrating these devices and systems and coordinating their operation with the electric system. At the same time, cities and communities have an important role to play in advancing our energy system and achieving local and state energy goals. However, renewable energy in communities has traditionally been implemented one rooftop at a time, sometimes in conflict with the grid, and without assessing a community’s energy resources as an optimized and targeted solution. In addition, due to this individual approach to customer engagement, the industry has not integrated and automated all the system components that can rapidly target, accelerate, and scale these deployments, including the financing. This absence of an integrated, community wide energy planning, targeting, and implementation approach results in a lost opportunity to increase distributed renewable energy output in a more interoperable, and therefore more efficient, cost effective, and scalable manner. DERNetSoft aims to bridge this gap by providing cities and energy community stakeholders with an innovative Web Energy Service Interface (WESI), which will allow building owners to Plug & Play their DERs participating in energy markets, while at the same time ensuring that the requirements of a variety of energy industry stakeholders are met.
DERNetSoft’s vision is to create a standard Web Energy Service Interface to enable Advanced Energy Community development at scale that can handle the complexity of the growing DER market. By providing a wide-­ranging service-oriented interface, DERNetSoft streamlines DER integration and automates DER operation both to promote wider adoption of renewable DER, but also make these DER more grid responsive and interoperable.

DERNetSoft's WESI conforms with the Energy Service Interface definition and framework described into the Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC) Interoperability Context-Setting Framework, expanding the adoption to a full range of energy stakeholders contributing with diverse Value Added Data.
DERNetSoft’s visionary Web Energy Service Interface benefits DER integration and interoperability by: 1) Facilitating a paradigm shift to an innovative “Many­‐to­‐Many” integration from the previous “One­‐to­‐One” method, enlarging energy stakeholder engagement, business models and processes; 2) Increasing data integration to bring new value added data, improving interoperability process and grid services; 3) Implementing web service oriented architecture for information exchanges.
DERNetSoft intends to demonstrate this visionary approach to DER integration using Peak Capacity Management as an example grid service to be served by various DERs hosted at a large Office building.

Alberto Colombo

Founder & CEO
DERNetSoft

Alberto is a clean tech energy industry innovator and thought leader with 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, consulting, business development, sales, marketing, research, and startups.

Currently, Alberto is the Founder and CEO of DERNetSoft, Inc., innovative, US-based clean tech energy company focused on transforming the energy industry and providing Advanced Energy Communities as a Service. DERNetSoft is working to provide a low-carbon solution to shape more efficient and sustainable cities while improving the quality of life.

Before DERNetSoft, Alberto spent years working at the executive level, contributing to technology patents and California Energy Commissions and Department of Energy grant applications. He served previously as COO at a publicly traded IT company, wherein he managed all business units and workforce. He has also worked for 10 years in Accenture, helping corporate customer to find the best technology solution to run their business.

Alberto has a master’s degree in Electronics, Telecommunication and Computer Engineering from Bologna University (Italy), and he has been deepening his education ever since.

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