TECHNOLOGY

A technology ecosystem fit for all evolutionary stages of the grid

Amp X provides a holistic, end-to-end solution for the ongoing energy transition and beyond. Our products are all catered by a single digital energy platform, the Aggregation Management Platform. Its purpose is to optimally and agnostically manage a wide variety of assets - consumptive/generation nodes - and aggregate any flexibility they may be able to provide to the grid. As an aggregator of other aggregators, the platform allows other external solutions, such as VPPs, to participate in the ecosystem.
OUR PLATFORM

Our technology ecosystem covers all the stages in the evolution of energy grids and provides solutions fit for any purpose within this continuum. With advanced hardware abstraction, and supported by the latest AI and Machine Learning technology tools, our Aggregation Management Platform provides a diverse set of subsystems that all the Amp X products can access in a secure and consistent way.

Our platform manages the various functions provided by our Smart Tx, VPP, DSM and Transactive solutions, enabling their interoperability - collecting and presenting all the relevant energy data, monitoring performance or maintenance alerts, managing flexibility provision, market bidding and energy dispatch.

At the core of our platform is GridSight - a cloud-based aggregation and analytics infrastructure for monitoring, control and optimisation of a large and diverse set of generators and loads. The platform is aware of the grid topology and market, therefore it can leverage the specific capabilities of the distribution network, through cutting-edge AI and Machine Learning technologies. This way, we are able to optimise and balance the grid, as well as utilise network effects to greatly enhance controllability and minimise the effects of grid congestion.

From the Amp X Smart Tx, to community batteries, EV charging stations and smart homes, our platform abstracts away the complexities of each individual piece of hardware, providing a powerful means of monitoring and dynamically managing them - individually and collectively.

Our technology ecosystem covers all the stages in the evolution of energy grids and provides solutions fit for any purpose within this continuum. With advanced hardware abstraction, and supported by the latest AI and Machine Learning technology tools, our platform provides a diverse set of subsystems that all the Amp X products can access in a secure and consistent way.

Our platform manages the various functions provided by our Smart Tx, VPP, DSM and Transactive solutions, enabling their interoperability - collecting and presenting all the relevant energy data, monitoring performance or maintenance alerts, managing flexibility provision, market bidding and energy dispatch.

At the core of our platform is GridSight - a cloud-based aggregation and analytics infrastructure for monitoring, control and optimisation of a large and diverse set of generators and loads. The platform is aware of the grid topology and market, therefore it can leverage the specific capabilities of the distribution network, through cutting-edge AI and Machine Learning technologies. This way, we are able to optimise and balance the grid, as well as utilise network effects to greatly enhance controllability and minimise the effects of grid congestion.

From the Amp X Smart Tx, to community batteries, EV charging stations and smart homes, our platform abstracts away the complexities of each individual piece of hardware, providing a powerful means of monitoring and dynamically managing them - individually and collectively.

SMART TRANSFORMER

The perfect upgrade for low voltage distribution networks

Our Smart Tx products are predicated on a new generation of smart transformers, instrumented to provide visibility, and intelligent to allow autonomous control. The Amp X Smart Tx serves as a drop-in replacement for existing transformers and can be rolled out as part of the normal upgrade cycle. High frequency instrumentation allows high resolution monitoring and high precision autonomous control.

Our Smart Tx technology gives us the ability to precisely and dynamically control voltage at a high frequency. This allows us to suppress or introduce harmonics and other transients. Such intentional offsets can be used to stabilise grid behaviour, generate small changes in power consumption or place communications waveforms onto the power line.

Each Smart Tx is an autonomous network device that analyses and responds to issues it observes in its vicinity. Locally, it provides system stability and increases the capacity for distributed energy resources. Our Smart Tx achieves this control on the edge without the need for high frequency intervention from cloud infrastructure. Each Smart Tx first and foremost protects its local network. This decentralised control approach also avoids the need for high bandwidth communication or high availability cloud infrastructure for the operator.

KEY CAPABILITIES
Bus Voltage Stabilisation

The Smart Tx stabilises the secondary (consumer supply) bus voltage, regardless of variations in the grid-side voltage. This supports ‘traditional’ network operation, in terms of reducing flicker, voltage imbalances and ride-through of fault events – including sags and swells. Smart Tx is able to adjust its bus voltage dynamically according to its total load, allowing a voltage reduction that enables power savings and reduces carbon emissions without affecting consumers in their day-to-day.

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Consumer Voltage Stabilisation

The ever higher penetration of renewable sources at grid edge means it is increasingly common for the voltage to increase at specific points along the line, which can lead to violation of permissible voltage limits. With a Smart Tx, the bus voltage can be changed dynamically to maintain all consumers within a target range, thereby increasing the capacity for renewable sources within an LV feeder before any consumer experiences a voltage issue, and preventing the need for curtailment of DERs to counteract voltage violations.

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BEHIND-THE-METER BOX

Autonomy at home, in the workplace, and any other commercial/industrial premises

Our behind-the-meter (BTM) capability employs ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) technology for demand-side management of appliances, primarily for the provision of flexibility, but also for energy and cost optimisation. The Amp X BTM capability is housed in a small piece of hardware that connects to the local-area network via WiFi or ethernet cable.

Our BTM box is designed to operate "on the edge" with analytic and control decisions taking place locally. This provides a number of advantages for the user including reducing bandwidth requirements on the local network and ensuring that sensitive user data doesn't leave the premises.

The way our BTM box works differs from current ‘smart home’ approaches, where the user defines a schedule that the system has to follow. Our autonomous system determines the schedule based on user preferences and behaviours observed over time. The user need not actively engage with the system after an initial setup - the system works to save and even earn the user money behind-the-scenes, and only requests the user’s attention when new opportunities might require changes in user behaviour or expectations.

Whether the end-user wants to control the devices in their factory, office or home, our BTM box is easy to set up and needs little input to operate. Devices are categorised and grouped based on their capacity to provide flexibility rather than by hardware type, and our innovative ‘edge autonomy’ approach to control ensures that the BTM box always takes care of the user and the devices under its control first.

When connected to our Aggregation Management Platform ecosystem, the Amp X BTM technology brings users further avenues for energy cost reduction, including the option to participate in the Amp X Transactive platform. Our BTM box identifies and forecasts available flexibility in an autonomous way, and GridSight aggregates this flexibility with that of other users to provide services into a number of markets. By participating in this way, our BTM box can further optimise an end-user's cost with no noticeable impact to the user’s experience.

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & MACHINE LEARNING

Foresight built into our ecosystem

From weather, price and load forecasting to predictive maintenance, our state-of-the-art AI and machine learning engines underpin most of what our Amp X ecosystem does. The heterogeneous forecasting needs of our Aggregation Management Platform are met by a variety of machine learning approaches, including uni/multivariate and exogenous variable time series models, random forest and boosting tree ensemble models, and a range of deep neural network architectures.

Our data-rich technologies provide us with high quality data on which to train our predictive models. These models range from market specific price forecasting to predictive maintenance schedules and user behaviour modelling. The range of forecasts and models underpin our ecosystem's functionality, from market participation and bidding to on-device control and automation.

The autonomy approach to our technology relies on well-defined adaptive control which requires edge analytics. This approach ensures that our devices can make the best decisions with the highest possible certainty while still maintaining the privacy and security of our users by not sending information through the network. Our web connected devices, including Smart Tx and Behind the Meter boxes, perform analytics on the edge and their models can be updated and improved as more opportunities become available to our users in the rapidly changing energy market.

At a higher level, network modelling driven by load and weather forecasting in GridSight allows us to take advantage of a holistic view of the low voltage distribution network, whilst utilising network effects to our advantage. Crucially, the Amp X Aggregation Management Platform can be configured with location and/or network information to enable grid effects to be estimated and accounted for. This, in turn, allows us to minimise any grid congestion effects and establish hyperdynamic local pricing.

GridSight provides a central platform on which data can be gathered and presented for training and analytics. This allows us to build an understanding of any specific grid topology or market by gathering disparate data sources and building predictive models on them. Our forecasting engines are tightly integrated with our control strategies but can also be used as inputs to third party systems constituting a product within themselves.

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