Distributed energy resources (DERs) such as customer-end solar generation, customer-end energy storage, utility-scale energy storage, electric vehicles, and demand response capabilities are expected to grow massively in the coming years. These systems provide environmental benefits and savings to customers, but their integration to the grid can result in operational conditions that are difficult to handle for distribution utilities due to intermittence, low inertia, cost and benefits uncertainty and a large number of control points. Scalable decentralized control and optimization are necessary to coordinate millions of interacting devices and subsystems. As the penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) increases, there is a need for simulation and optimal coordination of these DERs, which cannot be met with existing tools available to the distribution utilities.
Our solution: ProsumerGrid, Inc. is an award-winning, clean-energy company that is developing a novel set of software solutions, which allow distribution utilities and energy service providers to simulate and coordinate the operation of millions of DERs, including: PV solar systems, demand response devices, and energy storage.
Our technology: Using real data, our decentralized optimization algorithms have demonstrated orders of magnitude-faster solutions of large-scale energy scheduling problems of energy subsystems with full sets of operational constraints. This computational approach scales to potentially millions of interacting subsystems such as homes, buildings, microgrids, and feeders and potentially a million DERs, to achieve Reliable, Faster & Secure DER coordination. The technology represents the inception of an incrementally deployable internet of energy that can support the safe transition of the industry to modern, sustainable, and intelligent energy networks.
DSO Simulator: ProsumerGrid has recently been awarded $3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funding will be used to develop a highly specialized and interactive software tool capable of simulating the operation of emerging Distribution System Operators (DSOs) which includes the optimization of millions of distributed energy resources. The software will offer electricity industry analysts, engineers, economists, and policy makers a “design studio environment” in which various propositions of participant roles, market rules, business processes, and services exchange can be studied to achieve a robust DSO design. The software will utilize a powerful decentralized decision-making algorithm, and it will extend state-of-the-art grid solvers with a set of new DSO modules. The system will provide a number of urgently needed but currently unavailable simulation capabilities.