Power grid infrastructure company Gridco Inc., is now offering its hardware and software platform purpose built to solve current, emerging and future distribution challenges faced by electric utilities, providing them unprecedented levels of power flow control throughout the distribution system.
The Gridco Systems emPower Solution leverages modular power electronics, advanced control algorithms, distributed networking and sophisticated power system analytics to increase service reliability, improve system efficiency, and defer costly transmission and generation upgrades.
This active and intelligent power control enables utilities to more cost-effectively and reliably integrate distributed renewable generation, improve Volt-VAR Optimization (VVO) initiatives for energy efficiency and peak demand reduction, and provide enhanced power quality.
The initial product offering includes single-phase 50 kVA IPRs, available in both pole- and pad-mounted configurations. Purpose-built for harsh outdoor environments the ruggedized IPRs have a 25-year life span. Designed to complement existing distribution transformers, they are highly effective at integrating utility- and residential-scale distributed generation as well as enhancing centralized CVR/VVO approaches to unlock stranded energy and demand management savings. IPRs can operate autonomously or be integrated within a utility's existing SCADA/DMS system.