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