Cost-effective solution for the non-firm grid connection of Low Voltage 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 pratical 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!
How it works:
Cruise control for small-scale generation
Smart meters monitor the grid
Power reduction setpoints are sent back to smart meters
A central controller consolidates measurements and makes curtailment decisions
The process also applies to flexible loads instead of PV inverters
Power inverters reduce their output accordingly and relieve the grid
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.
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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!