What are Open Energy Systems?
As demand for renewable energy grows, unconventional Open Energy Systems automatically manage electricity in communities based on the demand from individual homes and facilities, as well as the fluctuating production rates from renewable energy sources.
Conventional electric power systems
Open Energy Systems
Conventionally, electricity is generated in a centralised manner, then distributed through transmission lines that run over long distances to ultimately reach residences and businesses. Open Energy Systems comprise a decentralised power distribution and battery storage network for renewable power-generating sources. Energy is then shared among local users within the network.
Effective sharing of renewable energy among users
Locally produced renewable energy for home and business consumption, is realised with direct and efficient peer-to-peer energy distribution. A direct current- (DC) based Open Energy System (DCOES) utilises DC power, which solar panels generate, batteries store and the peer-to-peer distribution mechanism shares among users.
Implementing a DC-based Open Energy System
At the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University, faculty residences are equipped with a direct current (DC) based Open Energy System (DCOES). Sony CSL has been demonstrating autonomous exchange of electricity since December 2014.
Bringing electricity to the world's people
Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
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