Smart grid solutions firm Innovari partnered with technology firm NI to help utility firms to better manage distributed energy resources.Innovari will have its Interactive Energy Platform (IEP) hardware integrated with NI’s engineering software to help energy providers optimise grid systems and improve services to consumers and relationship with communities and energy regulators.
According to a statement, the IEP uses artificial intelligence and big data analytics to help utility companies address grid and consumer demands.
Utility use of Innovari platform
The technology was deployed by the Kansas City Power & Light to monitor and improve the operations of distributed energy resources and participation of prosumers in helping to stabilise the utility’s energy network.
The solutions provider claims the IEP is helping KCP&L to access real-time data on the performance of its main grid and DERs to avoid and reduce the occurrence and duration of power outages within the distribution network.
“As a result of the program, KCP&L has gained more than 400 hours of operation per year with the 15 MW project that engaged over 200 commercial and industrial customers,” highlights a statement.
The IEP comprises hardware named Energy Agents providing a two-way communication between the utility and integrated facilities. Communicated information include facilities’ energy usage and demand and as well as the status of both the utility’s main grid and DERs. [ENSA deploys Innovari tech for grid management]
In India, electric utility Reliance Infrastructure has in 2014 deployed the IEP to improve its response to events happening within its energy system. The energy provider is using the IEP to monitor system providing electricity to commercial consumers and DERs integrated with the energy network.
The development is reported to be helping consumers to manage their energy use and reduce energy costs.
Corey Catten, chief technology officer at Innovari, said: “…The end result is a system that not only helps utilities and their customers lower energy costs, but one that has eliminated millions of dollars’ worth of fossil fuels that otherwise would have been burned to support grid operations.”
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