UK network management company Smarter Grid Solutions last week partnered with US software firm Integral Analytics to develop distributed energy technology.The two will integrate their smart grid solutions in a bid to offer a cost-effective way for utilities to integrate distributed energy sources into their day to day operations.
Under the collaboration, Smarter Grid Solutions’ real time control systems will utilize Integral Analytics’ nodal intelligence to bring together Distributed Energy Resources Management Solution (DERMS) functions of forecasting, optimization and DER integration, allowing utilities to underpin their rate case submissions, fulfil their regulatory requirements, improve efficiencies and enable customer choice.
Smarter Grid Solutions said the combined DERMS will be applied in utility grids across North America and specifically meets the needs of the Distributed Systems Platforms (DSPs) being developed in New York state, and the DERMS-enabled systems planned in the Californian IOU’s Distributed Resources Planning (DRP).
Commenting on the collaboration, Bob Currie, co-founder at Smarter Grid Solutions, said: “We have always understood the important link between investment planning, interconnection processing and grid operations."
Currie added: “The combination of our products in this new way is an opportunity for our utility customers to deliver planning strategies using DER directly into operations, without compromising on the safe and reliable operation of the system.”
Tom Osterhus, CEO of Integral Analytics, said “…Utilities are demanding that grid intelligence be consistent for multiple purposes downstream to the nodal asset level...our partnership delivers on this objective.”
Distributed energy resources in North America
The collaboration of Smarter Grids Solutions and Integral Analytics comes at a time when utilities in North America are partnering with international smart grid solutions providers to boost their grid's capabilities to integrate more distributed energy resources.
Last week, US power and gas utilities NYSEG and RG&E also partnered with Smarter Grid Solutions to collaborate on a smart grid pilot.
In a press statement, NYSEG and RG&E said they have purchased Smarter Grid Solutions’ Active Network Management (ANM) for rollout in the utilities’ Flexible Interconnect Capacity Solution (FICS) pilot project.
The FICS project aims to demonstrate smart grid applications’ ability to allow integration and monitoring of renewable energy from large scale producers into utilities’ power grids.
Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E, commented: "We're introducing a transformational technology that can open up the grid to more renewable generation development."
Lynch said the project was an opportunity to spur investment in clean energy resources and to support New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) programme that aims to generate 50% of state’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.