Industrial power distribution: S&C Electric Company has been named as part of the team being led by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) to develop a master microgrid controller. The project is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of an $8 million investment in microgrid projects focused on helping cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and improve grid resiliency.
Microgrids are localized power systems with the ability to generate their own power and operate independently, or in concert with, the main grid to meet the energy needs of the loads they support. The $1.2 million grant awarded to ComEd will be used to develop a microgrid controller capable of controlling a system of two or more interconnected microgrids. The loads supported by this project includes a diverse mix of facilities and critical loads, including police and fire department headquarters, major transportation infrastructure, healthcare facilities for seniors, and private residences.
The microgrid controller developed as part of this grant will serve as the brain of the microgrid, collecting data from a variety of distributed generation sources, determining how to control and operate each source, and sending out the control signals that will ultimately execute the power activity. ComEd assembled a group of leading science and technology partners, including S&C, who will contribute resources and services to help make the master controller a reality.
“S&C is delighted to be working with one of the most forward thinking utilities in the country on this microgrid project,” says David Chiesa, director, Microgrid Business Development, S&C Electric Company. “This project shows how utilities are not only embracing microgrids, but leading the way in their wide scale adoption.”