Monitor, control, forecast, schedule, and optimize DERs and the power grid
The energy industry is rapidly evolving. There has been pressure to develop systems capable of managing
distributed energy resources (DERs), yet immense uncertainty due to a fast-moving digital market and
regulations struggling to keep up.
Historically, Load Management Systems (LMS) were used for lowering system loads using one-way communication.
While satisfactory for several decades, the emergence of the “smart grid” in the early 2000s brought Demand
Response Management Systems (DRMS) to the market, with the capability for two-way communication. A DRMS
receives information from load control devices and then determines the availability of resources, helping
precisely control customers’ energy loads at selected locations on the grid. This capability led utility
companies to gradually replace LMS with DRMS.
Going forward, Distributed Energy Resources Management Systems (DERMS) have gained momentum in the 2010s due
to the increase of renewables and the ability to store energy at the consumer level, making the following
Distributed energy generation is more widely implemented (solar panels,
Energy storage is now available on premise, and the amount is
Electric car batteries are also being used for storage
The emergence of an energy efficiency trend, where consumers use more
energy efficient electrical devices
Demand response matching is now even more challenging, due to adding solar
panels and consumer-based energy storage in addition to more traditional energy sources
Our client, a leading energy and utilities business and Fortune 100 company, needed to develop a Distributed
Energy Resources Management System (DERMS) that they could bring to the market to meet their customers’
Driving R&D projects via Agile teams with deep industry knowledge
Luxoft gathered a team of ten energy and software development experts to implement DERMS components. The
client wanted to start with several R&D projects to develop prototypes that could adapt to more complex
energy systems (solar, wind and consumer-based energy storage).
Effective distributed energy resources (DER) management is key to succeeding in the changing energy market.
Utilities need to balance customer demands (such as rooftop solar and storage) with the economic impact on
non-DER customers, and adapt tariff schemes accordingly.
Strong leadership, industry knowledge, and over 12 years’ experience of delivering projects in the energy
industry (combined with deep technology expertise), made Luxoft a great fit for the project. The distributed
team adopted an Agile approach to formulate requirements, determine the best solution architecture, and
deliver the right components to get to market faster.
Optimized grid operations using distributed energy resource management software
Luxoft was involved in the full project lifecycle, i.e. requirements exploration, the R&D phase,
architecture design, development, testing, and delivery.
By developing the source code for seven different DERMS system components, Luxoft delivered the following
Integration with electricity market systems, third-party aggregators and regional markets
Grid network visualization, showing equipment statuses and situation awareness based on
equipment states; making asset management effective
DER forecasting smart grid based on current state and historical data, including weather
A common user interface, making a framework for future UI development
Luxoft also customized different parts of the solution for particular end-client needs and integrated with
the Integrated Distribution Management System (IDMS). As the evolution of the DERMS product progresses,
Luxoft continues to deliver new features periodically, making sure our client stays ahead of the market.
A fast time-to-market DERMS solution
Our software solution addresses the economic and technical challenges posed by customer-owned DERs.
The solution enabled our client to:
- Stay ahead of their competitors by offering a modern and effective DERMS
solution to the market.
- Drive industry transformation, making power more accessible, affordable and
- Cut UI development costs across the whole DERMS solution and provide a
seamless experience throughout.
The software is customizable and can be easily integrated for end clients (i.e. cities, states, regions).
Currently, a few regions have already implemented this DERMS module, and the solution is annually presented
to industry experts at popular industry exhibitions.