OATI and EnSync partner on utility solution for DERMS

Energy management company EnSync partnered with smart grid solutions provider OATI to offer utilities a solution for improved control of distributed energy resources.

The two companies will integrate their technologies and expertise to come up with an enhanced solution for improved integration and management of the energy resources.

In a combined statement, OATI said it will combine its GridControl and webSmartEnergy Distributed Energy Resources Management Solution (DERMS) with the EnSync’s Matrix Energy Management platform to provide functionalities such as grid voltage control and optimisation, and energy and capacity dispatching capabilities on a single solution.

The US based energy technology companies claim the combined solution will also provide utilities with rapid frequency response, regulation, reserves and shaping services.

Renewable energy-grid integration

[quote] At the moment the two said they are finalising the integration of the Matrix Energy Management solution, Agile Hybrid energy storage and OATI’s GridMind to improve operations of the OATI microgrid South Campus in Bloomington, Minnessota.

The integration is expected to allow power generated from the microgrid to be stored and supplied into the electric grid for back-up purposes in a more simplified and remote manner.

At the same time, the development will allow the microgrid an automatic and seamless transition from grid connected to island mode without interruption to building occupancy by detecting the load and generation conditions. [US utility partners with OATI for energy trading and risk solution].

Sasan Mokhtari, CEO of OATI said: “The thousands of companies that will use our webSmartEnergy and other solutions will need the technology of EnSync’s battery storage to meet the expected level of adaptability in managing generating assets.”

Grid load management

In early April, OATI also partnered with North Carolina utility Fayetteville Public Works Department (PWC) for rollout of a grid load management solution to monitor voltage data, perform peak shaving and reduce demand charges.

The solutions provider said it will combine its webDistribute CVR and GridControl solutions for deployment in PWC’s system comprising of 87,000 electricity consumers in the Fayetteville and Cumberland counties area of North Carolina.

The integration of the solutions will allow the utility to perform Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) through centralised control of devices and switch capacitors in accordance to voltage levels and grid conditions.

Sasan Mokhtari, CEO of OATI commented: “Through webDistribute CVR and GridControl, PWC will have an innovative and integrated hardware and software solution that utilizes rigid cyber security measures.”


Image credit: energy.gov.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.