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The HMMS (HOMA Micro-CHP Management System) enables efficient monitoring, control and management of large fleets of Micro-CHP appliances by utilities, by meeting relevant requirements regarding cost, size and functionality. The product allows addressing of all technical, commercial and administrative aspects of fleet operation. In particular, the product will automatically enable Smart Grid functions like load balancing and demand side management (DSM). This is due to the special software architecture of the product, which allows flexible expansion of functionality. A key part of Smart Grid functionality in a micro-generation context is the aggregation of outputs like electricity exports (to the distribution network) and CO2 savings. Substantial value can be unlocked by making these outputs tradable through aggregation. This type of functionality is often called a “Virtual Power Plant” (VPP); i.e. making many micro-assets – or, rather, their outputs – appear and behave like one big asset or output. The HMMS readily allows this. The HMMS can easily be linked to both smart and dumb meters, and includes back-end functionality for the handling of meter data. Due to its highly flexible SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture), the HMMS can also be used in a Smart Home context to manage electrical devices like heat pumps, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. Furthermore, the HMMS provides information to the occupants of homes (housing micro-generators), via a web-based interface.

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  • + Functional details

    The HMMS currently supports seven different applications, running on the middleware platform of the HMMS. In principle, HMMS applications can be run independently of each other. The HMMS provides an API, through which third parties can develop their own applications. The current seven applications reflect the following functions: 1. Monitoring of fleet assets 2. Handling and visualisation of meter data 3. Recording of carbon savings 4. Aggregation of assets into VPPs, optimisation of VPP operation 5. Calculation of economic performance of assets 6. Fully fledged asset management (via IBM’s Maximo for utilities) 7. Web based interface for providing information to consumers

  • + Business problem

    It is well-known that large power stations need to be monitored, controlled and managed. This is also true for micro-scale power stations. But it is difficult because the cost of the relevant equipment needs to be very low, as the cost of the asset is low. The HMMS enables efficient monitoring, control and management of large fleets of micro assets by utilities, by meeting relevant requirements regarding cost, size and functionality.

  • + Business opportunity

    The ever growing environmental and political pressure on energy supply has resulted in a steady growth in so-called distributed generation (a large part of which is micro-generation). Especially in Germany, with the country’s impending exit from nuclear energy, new generation capacity is needed. It is clear that a large share of the needed new generation capacity will be in the form of distributed generation. And it is also clear that utilities will enter into the area of distributed generation in a very different manner from what until recently has been the case. Incumbent utilities, threatened by new entrants aggressively exploiting opportunities in distributed generation, have actively started building generation portfolios based on distributed generation. In order to add up to generation capacities of the required, substantial magnitude, these portfolios will end up comprising very large numbers of generation assets. Currently, utilities do not have the means to efficiently manage and operate such large portfolios of distributed generation assets. The HMMS is the solution through which utilities are able to do just that. In other words, the HMMS is a key enabler for utilities that want to build generation portfolios based on large numbers of distributed (micro) assets.

  • + Return on investment

    The overall user benefit of the HMMS is that it enables coordinated mass application of micro assets. A utility becomes capable of operating large fleets of micro assets without having to employ large numbers of people to manage these assets. On the income side, the HMMS increases utility revenues by unlocking new electricity related benefits like domestic peak-lopping, aggregation of exports, etc. Aggregation of fragmented and “inaccessible” benefits into one large and “accessible” one, creates new value. The HMMS thus allow utilities to build up highly profitable new operations. These are highly profitable because they are not subject to the constraints of the traditional value chain.

  • + Competitive advantage

    The main competitive advantage of the HMMS is that it features an SOA with a middleware component that seamlessly and uniformly stretches from the server side of the solution to its local side. The local side is a low-cost, resource-constrained micro-computer. The SOA makes it possible to (1) easily realise distributed applications and (2) to easily change or expand functionality on the local side. Thus, the solution allows quick, flexible and cost-effective creation of local intelligence, which is key to efficient management and optimisation of large fleets of micro scale energy assets. Furthermore, the local intelligence is key to scalability and robustness. The HMMS thus offers a cost-efficient way of building a consistent, robust and highly scalable system to cope with large numbers of disparate micro-scale energy assets.

  • + Industries

    Energy & Utilities Industry

  • + Solution areas

    Energy and Utilities
       Asset Management
       Infrastructure and Systems Management
    Cross industry
       Business Intelligence
          Data Mining
          Financial Analysis
       Business Process Management and Integration
          Business Operations
       Customer Relationship Management

  • + Customer size

    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

  • + Languages supported


  • + Countries/regions available for distribution

    Belgium , France , Germany , Netherlands , United Kingdom

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  • + Hardware/OS platforms

       System x

  • + Services

    Infrastructure Solutions: Services Oriented Architecture & Web Services
    Services: Custom Application Development

  • + Software

    IBM Information Management
       Information Management
          DB2 Enterprise Server Edition
          DB2 Express Edition
    IBM WebSphere
          WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment

Date last modified:    Apr 3, 2013


Contact information

Simon Kolin
+31 6 14 52 44 49


HOMA Software BV
Hengelosestraat 705
Enschede, Overijssel 7521 PA

+31 53 483 66 80

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