Opus One, Advanced Microgrid Solutions win project

SmartGrid Today
September 21, 2016

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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