What is energy management software?

Energy management software enables energy monitoring system and optimization by collecting, analyzing and comparing consumption data from any energy vector from customer-specific systems in real time. It also generates reports on how to reduce costs and consumption.


The Enel X Distributed Energy Resources Optimization System (DER.OS) is an end-to-end optimization software platform that interfaces with distributed energy resources to monitor energy usage and production in real time. DER.OS is integrated into all our battery storage solutions, making them unique.


How DER.OS works?


DER.OS automatically learns about your company’s operating data and behaviors and cross-references it with external data such as weather forecasts, energy market prices, tariffs, demand prices, and available incentive programs. The system then acts automatically to maximize financial gains and resilience for utilities as well as commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses.


The stored energy can be used on demand when it is most advantageous for your company, such as when the grid is under severe stress. In particular, the management software is designed to transfer your facility’s electricity load to the battery storage system at times when the latter will create maximum value for your company.


If you opt for a stand-alone system, DER.OS charges the batteries when energy prices are lowest, then uses that same energy when it is most advantageous to reduce demand on the grid (for instance when energy prices go up, or when demand charge is calculated, or even when your company receives a Demand Response request from the energy aggregator). 


What makes DER.OS different from other software?


DER.OS recalculates the optimal performance for your company every 15 minutes during the day. Generally speaking, the other software systems available on the market can only do so once a day, therefore not guaranteeing optimal performance if there are changes in the weather, prices or other variables.


Our energy management software consists of two components - one cloud-based and one site-based - that interface with other software systems and hardware devices in a fully integrated energy management network. The software uses innovative, scalable cloud-based analytical tools to meet the demands of any segment of the energy market.


The DER.OS analytical control tools can also aggregate the management of several different plants simultaneously, thus creating a virtual power station. This solution boosts efficiency and multiplies both savings and revenue streams thanks to the combination of multiple applications such as: Demand Charge Management, Time-of-Use Management and participation in Demand Response programs.

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