Even in the past the two partners had worked on communication processes between domestic combined heat and power plants and the IT platform SchwarmDirigent by LichtBlick to make communication quicker and more flexible and improve its security. LichtBlick is the first company on the German market to offer secondary control reserve provided by a pool of mini domestic CHPs. The company intends to integrate solar batteries, electric cars and heat pumps into the operating reserve market too in future.
This is because the energy market is changing fundamentally. Decentralized, environmental-friendly technologies such as photovoltaic, wind turbines or CHPs are replacing central large power stations at a rapid pace. Already today there are more than 1.4m decentralized power stations in Germany. Integrating these power stations into smart grids is a big challenge. But it is the only way to stabilize the grids and guarantee supply. Moreover, an optimized control of each single unit means more money and improves profitability.
In order to comprehensively respond to these requirements and to push the energy market forward, GÖRLITZ AG and LichtBlick joined forces in 2013 – the former company specialized in energy data and the latter in information technology. LichtBlick developed the IT platform SchwarmDirigent as operating system for a decentralized energy world. LichtBlick's communication and data collecting device SchwarmKommunikation 2.0 as well as the middleware IDSpecto are continuously optimized and improved by GÖRLITZ for the market for secondary balancing energy. Particular drivers enable controlling various plant types via the SchwarmDirigent in future.
Paying attention to highest security for communication processes is one priority of the project for both GÖRLITZ and LichtBlick. When selecting and implementing transmission technologies and cryptography, every relevant standard and recommendation of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has been considered. This is why SchwarmKommunikation 2.0 for instance uses a hardware security module to execute cryptographic functions that complies with the current technical standard for asymmetric cryptography in compliance with RSA or ECC. Communication via VPN connections is based on certificates on both sides and thus meets the requirements and demands of the technical guideline BSI TR-02102. In order to be also prepared for connecting to a smart metering system in compliance with BSI TR-03109 in future, a separate Ethernet interface is provided that can be used to establish a connection with the CLS interface of a smart meter gateway.