Role of iFLEX Assistant
Apart from providing the visualisation of household consumption and production, the role of the HEMS-integrated iFLEX Assistant is to support the consumers in changing their energy-consumption schedules in response to the price signals.
Initially, the user sets up optimisation objectives and operation settings using the iFLEX Assistant mobile app. In alignment with these settings, the iFLEX Assistant adjusts the energy consumption/production based on network measurements (e.g., power load) and inputs (e.g., energy price) from the network operator and/or retailer.
In the case of multiple and possibly conflicting price signals, an optimisation algorithm chooses consumer participation according to the optimisation objectives which have been set by the user in terms of economy, minimisation of CO2 emissions and energy consumption.
In the app, the user can also configure when to receive notifications of new signals, which the iFLEX Assistant takes into account, thereby acting on behalf of the user.
Finally, the user can also access information about participation in flexibility events and estimate household success through a point reward system.
Additional features such as energy advice, encouragement for reacting upon signals, alerts and cost monitoring will be added at a later stage.