Smarter Grid Solutions selected for ENERGISE initiative

Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has been selected by the US Department of Energy for the next round of the SunShot initiative “Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy” (ENERGISE), a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption.

SGS’ world-leading control and automation software, ANM Strata, will enhance interconnection to the grid and enable the optimisation of distributed energy resources.

“SGS is very excited to be a member of the world-class team created for this important national initiative, and we are honoured to be selected by the DOE”, Jim Kent, CEO of Smarter Grid Solutions said, “Our unique technology creates enhanced opportunity to integrate and control distributed resources at greatly reduced costs, and we are very pleased to be a part of this major demonstration project.”

In addition a SunShot ENERGISE proposal for an Integrated Distributed Energy Management System (IDEMS) from a team including SGS, Riverside Public Utilities, UC Riverside, PG&E and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab  has also been selected for the next round of the SunShot ENERGISE initiative.

The goals of this project are to deploy smart inverter controls and scalable distributed, adaptive control techniques to give transmission operators power and voltage control of load; ease the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into legacy operational systems; and facilitate DER transactions in retail and wholesale markets.  The wider impacts are delivery of enhanced value for consumers, reduced electricity cost, and enhanced reliability.

“SGS is delighted to work with this excellent team to demonstrate an open but integrated and robust approach to DER management in the modernised grid”, Dr. Graham Ault, Executive Director of Smarter Grid Solutions said.

SGS, which is backed by Scottish Equity Partners, specialises in Active Network Management, which uses software, automation and control to monitor the electricity grid in real time. This allows power companies to operate electricity grids closer to their operating limits, without compromising safety and security.