What is ETB's Acumen Engine?
The new Acumen Engine, developed by our team of experts, introduces an advanced energy storage simulation engine equipped with built-in forecasting capabilities. This innovative engine is designed to optimize savings for various energy programs, including NEM3 and real-time export/import programs. In this help center article, we'll delve into the key features and underlying mechanisms of the Acumen Engine.
Understanding the Acumen Engine
The Acumen Engine represents a significant leap forward in energy storage simulation and optimization. It's specifically crafted to address the complexities of modern energy systems and deliver accurate results that closely resemble real-world scenarios.
One of the standout features of the Acumen Engine is its ability to generate real-time forecasts for both site load and PV (Photovoltaic) generation. As the simulation runs, these forecasts are continuously updated, providing users with a clear picture of the system's behavior in real-world conditions. This eliminates the need for users to make educated guesses about parameters like peak shaving and energy arbitrage efficiency utilization settings. With the Acumen Engine, you can observe precisely how the system would perform in the field under various circumstances.
The Acumen Engine goes beyond simple forecasting by incorporating interval pricing data, such as NEM3, real-time import prices, and real-time export prices. This data is utilized for total optimization across all relevant charge types.
The Inner Workings of the Acumen Engine
The Acumen Engine's underlying architecture is based on advanced mathematical tools that excel at handling complex optimization problems. This foundation empowers the engine to efficiently model intricate energy systems while maintaining flexibility to adapt to evolving needs.
A pivotal aspect of the Acumen Engine is its streamlined approach to optimization. Rather than dealing with convoluted codebases to manage intricate value streams, we can express pricing information and desired behaviors as mathematical equations. The engine takes these equations and executes the optimization process seamlessly. While translating behaviors into mathematical equations might seem challenging, our experienced team has mastered this process, validating results against legacy simulations and established knowledge.
The inclusion of forecasting capabilities is a groundbreaking addition to the Acumen Engine. Unlike its predecessor, the new engine generates on-the-fly forecasts for site load and PV generation. This feature allows the engine to mimic real systems that predict the future and use these predictions to optimize battery dispatch. With the Acumen Engine, the dispatch decisions are informed by accurate forecasts, ensuring a more realistic representation of system performance.
The Acumen Engine signifies a significant advancement in energy storage simulations and optimization. By incorporating real-time forecasting and advanced mathematical tools, it delivers accurate and reliable results that align closely with real-world scenarios. This eliminates guesswork and empowers users to make informed decisions based on the engine's simulations. As the energy landscape continues to evolve, the Acumen Engine is poised to adapt and lead the way in optimizing energy storage systems for maximum savings and efficiency.