As demand for renewable energy grows, unconventional Open Energy Systems automatically manage electricity in communities based on the demand from individual homes and facilities, as well as the fluctuating production rates from renewable energy sources.
Conventionally, electricity is generated in a centralised manner, then distributed through transmission lines that run over long distances, to ultimately reach residences and businesses. Open Energy Systems comprise a decentralised power distribution and battery storage network for renewable power-generating sources. Energy is then shared among local users within the network.
Locally produced renewable energy, for home and business consumption, is realised with direct and efficient peer-to-peer energy distribution. A direct current (DC)-based Open Energy System (DCOES) utilises DC power, which solar panels generate, batteries store, and the peer-to-peer distribution mechanism shares among users.
At the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University, faculty residences are equipped with a direct current (DC)-based Open Energy System (DCOES). Sony CSL has been demonstrating autonomous exchange of electricity since December 2014.
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