Transactive Canadian project has DER, DR, microgrids, more
“Energy internet” software firm Opus One Solutions teamed with Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and a consortium of partners to announce yesterday a US$12.4 million North American multi-utility microgrid project. Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will provide $4 million in funding to support the project, designed to improve integration of DER and commercial microgrids into power systems and regional wholesale markets, the two firms said.
AMS and Opus One announced in July they were teaming up to offer a “cutting edge” suite of solutions for the distribution grid (SGT, July‑6).
The project will demo smart and integrated transactive energy networks that integrate wind, solar, electric vehicle charging stations, battery storage and feeder-based microgrids into traditional electricity power systems at three utilities in the United States and Canada.
“Today’s power grid needs advanced storage solutions to accommodate the variability of renewable generation,” said Alain Steven, chief technology advisor of AMS and former CTO of PJM, in prepared remarks. “The combined platform will provide grid operators with grid reliability services while lowering the net costs of storage through participation in wholesale and developing distribution markets.”
“We are thrilled to work with a leading technology provider like Advanced Microgrid Solutions to complement the capabilities of our intelligent energy networking software platform, GridOS,” Opus One CEO said Joshua Wong in prepared remarks. “Transforming the electricity grid requires leaders willing to adopt innovative technologies and we are grateful that SDTC is supporting this partnership to flourish.”
The project combines AMS’ advanced analytics and economic optimization platform and Opus One’s GridOS, the firms said, calling the latter a real-time distribution energy networking platform. The plan is to build a smart and integrated transactive energy network with Opus One leading the consortium that includes Maine electric utility Emera Maine, smart grid consultancy Smarter Grid Solutions and the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University, they added.
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