Robotina – It’s Time to Empower People

Place/Date: Slovenia - March 13th, 2018 at 3:00 pm UTC · 3 min read
Source: Robotina

With everything going digital and becoming smart it is natural that even energy chains and electrical grids are going to become a driving force of change in our homes.

And since most of the renewable energy sources (wind, solar power) are less predictable, the utility companies and grid operators which must keep the grid stable by matching the consumption and generation at any time, encounter  technical and financial challenges to execute this essential task.

The coming of mass introduction of electrical vehicles which need fast recharging will further destabilize the grid and increase the cost to meet this growing demand.

The biggest problems and pain points are the growth of the energy consumption, continuous increase of energy costs, the increased costs for grid stabilization due to usage of renewable energy, high costs and time to implement new infrastructures and a need to preserve the natural environment.

The solution sounds simple: To sustain our actual standards of living, we must reduce (per capita) and shift (in time) the consumption of electrical energy. But how can we do that?

The task is challenging and until recently, the only way to keep the grid stable was using expensive energy sources (gas fired power plants) when extra power was needed and to virtually burn the energy in case generation happened to be higher than consumption.

Now, for the first time in the history huge optimizations are possible without wasting precious resources because of legal & social acceptance and technology are ready and available.. With 28 year of experience in development of smart technologies for the energy industry we managed to develop a smart grid which is essential for reliable and cost effective supply.

It is called Robotina. Robotina is a big system of interconnected generators and consumers who are relatively independent but connected to the same distribution grid with the help of The Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.

Generators and consumers often have conflicting interests – generators want to deliver stable output at the highest possible prices while consumers want to be free in changing consumption and want the lowest cost.

We have build a platform where consumers and consumer organizations can organize themselves, form permanent or temporary “cooperatives” and join forces in their negotiations with suppliers. This can help them to reduce their energy costs, but not to improve the tariff system.

To achieve their targets in the form of profit and grid stability, energy vendors should establish a constant dialogue with consumers or consumer’s community to constantly optimize the match between estimated demand and actual demand and our platform will enable that. The end product of this will be the reduction of the costs.

The aggregated impact of users on the electricity grid is enormous and it is a source of huge power, which will be used for continuous real time negotiations with all participants on “smart grids”. This will generate important revenue and this collective power will finally work for the members’ benefits. So for the first time in the history the platform truly will “EMPOWER THE PEOPLE”.