Electricity Exchange is an Irish Utility which has taken a high-tech approach to harness the capacity of unused back-up generators found in hospitals and factories around the country. Its so-called Virtual Power Plant provides reserve power to the national grid. The company has secured back-up generators and designed the state-of-the-art smart grid automation solution. Thus, in the event of a sudden power scarcity that cannot be handled by regular power stations, Electricity Exchange is able to provide the capacity to the national grid to supply up to 150 000 houses.
Electricity Exchange selected secure-ICCP/TASE.2 library by JPEmbedded as a basis of the company's communications with Ireland's Transmission System Operator, EirGrid. Inter-Control Center Communications Protocol (ICCP) also known as TASE.2 is one of the standards that defines communication between control centers, utilities and power pools. The standard supports the exchange of real-time data using secured channel.
JPEmbedded’s libraries and some other solutions available on the market were extensively tested before taking a decision favorable to the Poland based supplier.
“Reliable communication between our system and EirGrid is crucial for our business. The solution provided by JPEmbedded’s matches all our needs, including data transfer safety, portability, and last but not least, ease of integration with EirGrid’s systems.” – says Dr. Paddy Finn, CEO of Electricity Exchange.
“JPEmbedded's Secure-ICCP/TASE.2 library provides a secure connection to the EirGrid, TSO for the provision of real-time power generation data, in addition, to control states and set points that manage the operation of Electricity Exchange's power generation assets.” – adds Dr. Finn.
Electricity Exchange is a smart grid operator and a leading provider of Demand Response Technologies and Services in Ireland. Electricity Exchange developed technology that enables commercial and industrial electricity consumers to generate revenue by supporting the national power grid. The Company operates a Virtual Power Station that pays businesses for making themselves available to support Ireland’s electricity grid when required. Electricity Exchange was founded by Dr Paddy Finn, a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 competition, with his business partner Duncan O’Toole. The company is backed by Bord Na Móna, an Irish semi-state company.
JPEmbedded is a tech company offering state of the art products for secure and reliable communication in smart grids. Software solutions include off-the-shelf communication software libraries IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5-10X, and ICCP/TASE.2. The company offers also hardware protocol converters that enable interoperability and allows customers, device manufacturers to connect their devices to the grid effortlessly.