The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) partnered with smart grid solutions firm Open Access Technology International (OATI) to implement a smart energy pilot project.OATI will deploy the Regulation Reserves Demonstration project to help HECO operate its distributed network assets.
The pilot will include the deployment and use of various smart grid applications to allow real-time management and operation of grid assets to boost the reliability of HECO’s grid network.
The real-time operation of HECO’s grid assets will allow the energy company to make informed decisions in responding to its customer and grid demands through frequency and capacity response initiatives and energy storage regulation, says a company release.
Commenting on the development, Ali Ipakchi, senior vice president of Smart Grid and Green Power at OATI, said: “This project will provide increased appreciation of grid services and help HECO achieve their renewable goals.”
OATI will “securely command and control field assets from residential to commercial sites across multiple islands."
The pilot project is part of the Clean Energy Initiative in which HECO is partnering with the US Department of Energy (DoE) to reduce carbon emissions by having Hawaii achieve its 100% renewable energy adoption target by 2045. [HECO files plans for demand response programmes]. The Clean Energy Initiative was launched in 2008.
Renewable energy adoption
Meanwhile, the US DoE selected PG&E, Riverside Public Utilities, UC Riverside, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Smarter Grid Solutions to participate in a programme aiming to develop an integrated distributed energy management system (IDEMS).
In a combined statement, Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) announced that it will collaborate with utility firms and research institutions to research, develop and test an advanced technology to simplify the integration and operation of distributed energy resources with grid networks.
The project is part of the DoE’s Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) programme, which aims to drive down the cost of solar energy.
Under the ENERGISE project the US DoE partners with stakeholders in the energy sector to develop measures to help utility firms ensure the stability of their grid networks and reduce carbon emissions by increasing their solar energy portfolios.
The parties will deploy technologies to improve utilities' operation of solar inverters to enhance voltage control of load buses. The project is expected to help utility firms to improve their customer services by providing consumers with clean and affordable energy.
Dr. Chad Abbey, vice president of Power Systems at SGS, said: “Demonstrating the business case for utilities and customers of these new technologies is an essential prerequisite for much greater capacity and value from DER."