DAP is a software tool designed to forecast demand - and load and to draw up Demand Side Management actions
DAP includes four applications: Simple trend forecast, Sector trend forecast, Customer trend forecast, DSM forecast
A state-of-the-art software
DAP is based on more than 10 years of experience in demand forecasting and DSM project impact assessment. Up to now, there is apparently no equivalent on the market.
In order to have maximum flexibility, DAP uses a user-defined list of sectors and regions, and a library of determining factors that can be forecasted independently.
In addition, sectors can be identified by codes and be grouped in Types of sectors for clear classification in breakdowns.
User interfaces provide clear menus and buttons with guidelines to the user, so that there is no need to open a user’s guide: DAP is an energy- and time-saving tool.
Depending on which application is used, forecasting windows will concern determining factors, number of customers, average customer consumption, ownership factors, etc. Linear and exponential forecasts are suggested, and the past increase rate is automatically computed.
For determined forecasts (i.e. linked to a determining factor forecast), the elasticity between the variable to be forecasted and the factor is automatically computed and proposed to make the forecast.
Here below is a typical forecast window; past years, future years, upturn in growth rate or introduction of a growth rate.
After forecasting the demand and assigning load profiles, just press a button to get the related peak load forecast.
A library of profiles
Profiles are values that change with time: days, weeks, years. They represent either load profiles or usage profiles of the equipment. As they are expressed in percentages, they can easily be compared and applied to other regions or sectors. The time resolution is 15 minutes, i.e.