DNV GL chosen to validate 'Internet of Energy' microgrid

Global energy consultancy and certification expert DNV GL, together with its partners, Group NIRE and Geli will produce and operate an Internet of Energy (IoEn) platform integrating the management of up to 100 distributed energy resources after being awarded the project by the US Department of Energy’s ARPA-E.

The award, DNV GL's third from ARPA-E, is one of twelve new projects in the Department of Energy's Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) programme announced in December.
The NODES program's mission is to accelerate technologies that improve efficiency and reliability of the US electrical grid.

The Internet of Energy project will be deployed at Group NIRE's utility-connected microgrid test facility in Lubbock, Texas, where it will be integrated with local utility monitoring, control and data acquisition systems to demonstrate advanced management of up to 100 disparate distributed energy resources using Geli's "Internet of Energy" software.

The Internet of Energy platform will simultaneously manage both market level regulation and distribution system support functions to facilitate large-scale integration of renewable generation onto the grid.

"DNV GL's core role," said Senior Consultant Michael Kleinberg, "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."

The project will continue adding complexity, inviting participation by multiple makers of dozens of disparate resources and technologies, until it encompasses up to 100 resources. Resources will include load, generation and storage assets such as residential batteries, electric vehicles, controllable HVAC systems, water heaters and LED lighting controls.

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