The Akuacom Demand Response Automation Server (DRAS) brings full automation to DR programs and dynamic pricing tariffs by implementing Automated Market Participation for energy providers and consumers. The DRAS functionality supports programs and tariffs that range from simple curtailment to complex time of use, dynamic pricing and customer bidding. The DRAS accepts DR events and tariff information from utilities and ISO’s and turns these into standardized OpenADR signals that are sent to Energy Management Systems (EMS) at participant facilities.
The DRAS has browser-based interfaces for the utility operator as well as each of the connecting facilities. The utility operator interface allows a user to view the status of the system, determine which facilities are on-line and
associate facilities with programs in general or for specific events. The
interface also supports setting up programs and triggering events. In addition, there are web service interfaces into the DRAS for each of these functions.
The facility manager has a view into the DRAS called their "My Site" interface. This allows the facility manager to configure their program settings and monitor their DRAS clients and account information from anywhere in the world.
Designed in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) in 2005, the DRAS is built upon proven enterprise software technology giving it a world class feature set. The DRAS is capable of supporting tens of thousands of connections to facilities and of guaranteeing that they are ready to receive signals whenever an event is called. Access to the DRAS is secured using SSL, the same technology used to secure banking transactions on the Internet.
Akuacom has over a decade of experience implementing end to end enterprise control systems for Energy Management and Building Control.
For more information, contact: Clay Collier