In Europe, distributed energy resource company Smart Grid Solutions has this week agreed with UK software developer PrismTech to integrate their smart grid solutions to deliver more efficient distribution services.
The agreement means Smart Grid Solutions will deploy PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice in its Active Network Management (ANM) product portfolio.
ANM allows power distribution networks to be managed in real-time, thus maximising existing infrastructure capacity through active management of power generators and associated network assets, the companies said in a statement.
Smarter Grid Solutions said it has selected Vortex OpenSplice due to its ability to provide high levels of real-time data and system scalability to accommodate far greater numbers of generators - something that Active Network Management alone cannot.
Commenting on the development, Neil McNeill, head of technology at Smarter Grid Solutions, said: “The provenance of Vortex OpenSplice has been invaluable in the evolution of the ANM Platform and operates at the heart of the company’s mission critical systems, currently deployed in both the UK and North America.”
Distributed energy solutions
Due to the increasingly distributed nature of power generation as a result of renewable energy adoption, European utilities are facing a challenge to take full advantage of it by monitoring real-time changes in demand and matching supply efficiently to meet this demand, the companies said.
This month, Dutch producer and supplier of gas, electricity and heat, Eneco has chosen AutoGrid’s smart energy technology to “build and deploy the industry’s first software defined power plant”.
Autogrid's Predictive Controls and Demand Response Optimization and Management System will enable Eneco to forecast, optimize and control a network of distributed energy resources in real-time and at scale.
According to the release, the Software Defined Power Plant integrates flexibility from consumer-owned combined heat and power (CHP) units in green houses, industrial demand response and other flexible energy resources into one energy source.
As an energy provider, the power plant will allow it to react in real-time to market signals from Dutch wholesale electricity markets run by the Dutch Transmission System Operator.
With the 100MW dispatch-grade resource, Eneco will also be able to optimise a large portfolio of distributed energy generation assets and trade in these markets 24 hours a day, all year round.