A turnkey software solution to implement non-firm LV grid connections for small-scale generators
Extra room for low-voltage generators… CAPEX-free!
Our vision is simple.
Faster and cheaper connections to the LV grid for small-scale generators thanks to our unique smart-meter-based LV grid supervision and control technology: Grid ExpanDER.
Sure, Distributed Energy Resources Management Systems are everywhere nowadays. However, most solutions on the market require dedicated hardware and telecommunications, as well as almost-constant human supervision. Such costly solutions are thus suitable only for specific applications, and inadequate for mass deployment. Reusing the smart metering infrastructure makes a world of difference, turning non-firm LV grid connection into an economically viable solution, network-wide!
A practical solution that results from years of Research, Development, and validation
Not only did we work hard on turning our Grid ExpanDER concept into reality: for validation purposes, we also had to develop a full laboratory test platform which reproduces the physics of a real low voltage grid!
And now that our product successfully went through in-depth lab testing, it’s ready for the next step: real-world pilot deployment!
Thanks to the careful design of its control loop, Grid ExpanDER achieves an excellent protection against overvoltage and overcurrent constraints, while keeping the loss-of-gain for producers minimal.
Simple & practical
Unlike other approaches based on elaborate building blocks (e.g. complex market mechanisms), Grid ExpanDER relies on a simple local control loop with fully predictable behaviour.
Easy plug-and-play deployment
Grid ExpanDER leverages existing assets, greatly reducing the need to qualify new hardware and software components, and simply integrates with the existing smart metering IT system.
Grid ExpanDER 100% relies on the smart metering infrastructure, eliminating the need for costly additional sensors, communication channels, etc.
Respectful of the communication channel
Grid ExpanDER relies on minimal communication capabilities and thus has a nearly transparent effect on the smart metering communication channel. Grid ExpanDER also gracefully handles degraded communication conditions by falling back to a safe mode that preserves the grid from constraints.
Grid ExpanDER runs in fully automated mode and does not require any detailed human supervision.
Cruise control for small-scale generation: how it works
Smart meters monitor the grid
measurements and makes
are sent back to smart meters
their output accordingly and
relieve the grid
to flexible loads instead of
Grid ExpanDER implements a no-nonsense version of DER flexibility, that does not require complex market design nor the centralized supervision by grid operators of a gazillion of individual small-scale assets.
Grid ExpanDER reuses the advanced metering infrastructure, eliminating the need for any additional hardware deployment on the grid: in effect, Grid ExpanDER makes non-firm LV connections CAPEX free!
Grid ExpanDER usually increases the hosting capacity by tens of percents, while eliminating or deferring the need for grid reinforcement and drastically reducing connection delays.
Want to know more about the project ?
Interested in getting involved?
We welcome collaboration with other R&D stakeholders, both from the industry and academia. If you would be interested in running a collaborative research project on the topic of non-firm connections of distributed energy resources, please get in touch with us!