DNV GL develops Internet of Energy platform to integrate DERs


According to a company release, the platform will manage market level regulation and distribution system support functions for large-scale integration of renewable generation onto the grid. It adds that the three-year project will manage a microgrid testbed, integrating up to 100 distributed energy resources.

The global energy consultancy and certification firm has partnered with clean energy development company NIRE and Geli, microgrid software and business solutions provider in the development of the project, which will be located at Group NIRE’s utility-connected microgrid test facility in Lubbock, Texas.

The Internet of Energy project will be integrated with local utility monitoring, control and data acquisition systems to demonstrate the management of disparate distributed energy resources using Geli’s “Internet of Energy” software. [Internet of Energy: Iceland eyes data centre industry to boost economy]

Michael Kleinberg, senior consultant at DNV GL said: “DNV GL’s core role is to provide greater certainty to power systems planners and grid operators, who will increasingly be called upon to manage massive volumes of distributed energy assets, by validating operational performance and emerging economic models within a real-world, utility-connected microgrid.”

Scaling the Internet of Energy

DNV GL said that the platform will provide a unique and scalable approach for the expedited registration and automated dispatch of distributed energy resources.

The firm added that the project will become increasingly complex as more makers of disparate resources are invited to participate – “until [the project] encompasses up to 100 resources.”

The microgrid will connect resources such as load, generation and storage assets such as residential batteries, electric vehicles, controllable HVAC systems, water heaters and LED lighting controls. [Internet of Things in energy sector worth US$22bn by 2020]

The project forms part of the Department of Energy’s Network Optimised Distributed Energy Systems (NODUS) programme, which aims to develop innovative technologies enabling real-time management of transmission and distribution networks on the electric grid.

Mark Harral, chief executive office of Group NIRE concluded by saying,”We are excited to test out this energy management system and deploy various DERs at our field site to see how they can be aggregated together to benefit the energy industry.”


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