ADVANCED MICROGRID SOLUTIONS AND OPUS ONE ANNOUNCE $16.4M NORTH AMERICAN MULTI-​​UTILITY MICROGRID PROJECT

PR NewsWire
September 20, 2016

Inter­na­tional Con­sor­tium to Pro­vide Grid Solu­tions for U.S., Canada

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions (AMS) and Opus One Solu­tions (Opus One), announced today the devel­op­ment of a $16.4 mil­lion North Amer­i­can Micro­grid project at three util­i­ties in Canada and the US.  Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Tech­nol­ogy Canada (SDTC), will pro­vide $5.4 mil­lion in fund­ing to sup­port the project, designed to improve inte­gra­tion of dis­trib­uted energy resources (DERs) and com­mer­cial micro­grids into power sys­tems and regional whole­sale mar­kets.  The project will demon­strate smart and inte­grated trans­ac­tive energy (TE) net­works that inte­grate wind, solar, elec­tric vehi­cal charg­ing sta­tions, bat­tery stor­age and feeder-​​based micro­grids into tra­di­tional elec­tric­ity power sys­tems at Emera Maine, Nova Sco­tia Power and Toronto Hydro.

The project com­bines the AMS advanced ana­lyt­ics and eco­nomic opti­miza­tion plat­form and Opus One’s Gri­dOS®, a real-​​time dis­tri­b­u­tion energy man­age­ment plat­form, to build smart and inte­grated trans­ac­tive energy (TE) net­works.  Opus One will lead the con­sor­tium, which includes AMS, Smarter Grid Solu­tions, Ryer­son Uni­ver­sity Cen­tre for Urban Energy, Nova Sco­tia Power, Inc., Emera Main and Toronto Hydro.

Today’s power grid needs advanced stor­age solu­tions to accom­mo­date the vari­abil­ity of renew­able gen­er­a­tion,” said Alain P. Steven, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Advi­sor of AMS and for­mer CTO of PJM Inter­con­nec­tion.  “The com­bined plat­form will pro­vide grid oper­a­tors with grid reli­a­bil­ity ser­vices while low­er­ing the net costs of energy stor­age through par­tic­i­patin in whole­sale and devel­op­ing dis­tri­b­u­tion markets.”

We are thrilled to work with a lead­ing tech­nol­ogy provider like Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions to demon­strate the capa­bil­i­ties of our intel­li­gent energy net­work­ing soft­ware plat­form, Gri­dOS® says Joshua Wong, CEO and Pres­i­dent of Opus One. “Trans­form­ing the elec­tric­ity grid requires lead­ers will­ing to adopt inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies and we are grate­ful SDTC has allowed this part­ner­ship to flourish.”

The multi-​​utility project includes devel­op­ment of a com­mer­cial micro­grid at Emera Maine’s Ham­p­den Oper­a­tions Cen­ter con­sist­ing of solar, bat­tery stor­age and back-​​up diesel gen­er­a­tion inte­grated with distribution-​​level feeder oper­a­tions and the New Eng­land ISO; a DER man­age­ment demon­stra­tion project at Toronto Hydro, and a feeder-​​based micro­grid for Nova Sco­tia Power fea­tur­ing wind resources, grid-​​scale energy stor­age and up to 10 res­i­den­tial bat­tery sys­tems. AMS’s plat­form will per­form an eco­nomic opti­miza­tion of the DERs, while Opus One’s Gri­dOS® will ensure that the DERs are opti­mally dis­patched within the phys­i­cal con­straints of the grid.  Behind the meter micro­grids will pro­vide grid and mar­ket oper­a­tors vir­tual resources capa­ble of pro­vid­ing inte­grated demand response and advanced ancil­lary ser­vices such as fast fre­quency reg­u­la­tion, syn­thetic iner­tia and volt­age sup­port.  In front of the meter micro­grids will pro­vide the grid oper­a­tor with the abil­ity to per­form feeder load relief, Volt/​VAR opti­miza­tion and Con­ser­v­a­tive Volt­age Reduc­tion (CVR).

This is AMS’s first project with util­i­ties out­side the United States. AMS has more than 120 MW of energy stor­age projects under con­tract, includ­ing 90MW of grid sup­port in capacity-​​constrained areas South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.  AMS’ grid-​​scale energy stor­age projects include a fleet of Hybrid Elec­tric Build­ingÒ, grid inde­pen­dence projects at regional water dis­tricts and Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity campuses.

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About Advanced Micro­grid Solutions

Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions (AMS) is pio­neer­ing the use of energy stor­age sys­tems for elec­tric util­ity grid sup­port. Using a technology-​​agnostic approach, the com­pany designs, finances, installs and man­ages advanced energy stor­age solu­tions for util­i­ties and com­mer­cial, indus­trial and gov­ern­ment build­ing own­ers. To learn more, visit www​.advmi​cro​grid​.com.

About Opus One Solutions

Opus One Solu­tions is a soft­ware engi­neer­ing and solu­tions com­pany with the vision of a Con­nected Energy Inter­net, deliv­er­ing real-​​time energy man­age­ment to the mod­ern grid. Through Gri­dOS®, its lead­ing edge suite of offer­ings, Opus One deliv­ers a new level of vis­i­bil­ity and con­trol to elec­tric­ity dis­tri­b­u­tion by solv­ing and opti­miz­ing com­plex power flows. Seam­lessly inte­grat­ing with exist­ing util­ity data sys­tems, Gri­dOS® mod­u­lar and scal­able solu­tions pro­vide pow­er­ful grid man­age­ment capa­bil­i­ties to unlock greater poten­tial for dis­trib­uted energy resources includ­ing renew­able gen­er­a­tion, energy stor­age and respon­sive demand. Gri­dOS® fur­ther facil­i­tates the man­age­ment of micro­grids from homes to com­mu­ni­ties for unpar­al­leled grid resiliency and value to the elec­tric­ity cus­tomer.  www​.opu​sones​o​lu​tions​.com