Bosch Software Innovations GmbH

Bosch Software Innovations offers innovative software solutions for the digitisation of the energy industry with a focus on metering point operation and the management of decentralised installations.

We offer metering point operators a comprehensive and modular portfolio. The portfolio’s key elements range from the planning components for roll-out and periodic replacement over user-friendly solutions for Smart Meter Gateway Administration and meter data management up to market communication. These solutions can be used without an ERP system or integrated into other ERP systems (such as SAP IM4G).

Our portfolio enables end-to-end process automation and as such creates the basis for compliance with price limits and sustainable competitiveness in the basic operation of metering points. For competitive metering point operation, flexible, easily integrated solutions and services are the basis for new business models.

With our solutions, many decentralised installations can be controlled by means of secure and reliable radio signals or by bundling flexibility. Distribution system operators can use our solutions to stabilise the grid, improve grid quality and reduce the need for grid expansion. This enables the economic operation of your grid through planning, management and control of the energy offer and demand.

Housing industry, building and city district managers can optimise energy consumption and in doing so avoid peak loads, profit from price developments and generate additional revenues.

Short description of the project contribution

We make the distribution grid more secure and more efficient

The objectives of our contributions to the funding project are efficient and reliable grid operation with a high share of renewable energy and the reduction of grid expansion requirements.

The basis is formed by our software solutions from the portfolio for smart metering point operation, Smart Meter Gateway Administration (Meter Gateway Manager) and Meter Data Management (Metering Data Hub), which meet the readout requirements for different utilities (e.g. gas, water). For grid control, we deploy our virtual power plant (Grid Optimization Manager) and our solution for radio ripple control (electricity pager).

The measured grid parameter values of the smart metering system and the measured values of decentralised installations are used to monitor and stabilise low voltage grid conductors. Based on this first-time transparency, the Grid Optimization Manager calculates forecasts for the low voltage grid. This makes it possible to actively and proactively manage decentralised installations. In order to enable grid-supporting swarm operation to stabilise the grid, the forecast of the transmission grid state and the effective output of the decentralised installations has to be harmonised. If the harmonisation for instance shows that the installation output has to be cut back, communication with the electricity pager is possible via radio ripple control. This stabilises the grid within seconds.

Our software will reduce the load on the grids as a result of renewable feed-in. This is achieved through constant monitoring of the distribution grid by means of smart metering systems. In addition, we use forecasts to predict the state of the grid and the installations in order to avoid grid capacity congestion. This will reduce grid development costs as the load on the existing grid is made more homogeneous through monitoring and management.

During the first half of the WindNODE project, we will create the necessary infrastructure and collect data to adapt the solutions. During the second half of the project, the solutions will support grid operation within the scope of WindNODE so that ultimately, the acquired results can be assessed. The next step is the wide-scale deployment of the tried-and-tested solutions within the distribution grids.

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