AMS and Opus One to build microgrid project integrating DERs for three North American utilities

Written By: Stratton Report
September 20, 2016

Advanced Microgrid Solutions

On September 20, Advanced Microgrid Solutions announced that with Opus One Solutions and additional partners it would develop a $12.4 million multi-utility microgrid project. The goal is to validate methods for creating smart and transactive energy networks by integrating distributed energy resources and commercial microgrids into utility power systems and regional wholesale markets. Per the partners, the project will integrate wind, solar, electric vehicle charging stations, battery storage and feeder-based microgrid assets into traditional electricity power systems at three utilities in the United States and Canada.

Opus One will lead the consortium, which includes AMS, Emera Maine, Smarter Grid Solutions and The Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University. The project combines AMS’s analytics and economic optimization platform and Opus One’s GridOS real-time distribution energy networking platform, to build an integrated transactive energy network.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada will provide $4 million in funding to support the project.
Alain P. Steven, Chief Technology Advisor of AMS and former CTO of PJM Interconnection.noted: “Today’s power grid needs advanced storage solutions to accommodate the variability of renewable generation. The combined platform will provide grid operators with grid reliability services while lowering the net costs of storage through participation in wholesale and developing distribution markets.”

Joshua Wong, CEO and President of Opus One

“We are thrilled to work with a leading technology provider like Advanced Microgrid Solutions to complement the capabilities of our intelligent energy networking software platform, GridOS®. Transforming the electricity grid requires leaders willing to adopt innovative technologies and we are grateful that SDTC is supporting this partnership to flourish.”

The multi-utility project includes development of a commercial microgrid consisting of solar, battery storage and back-up diesel generation integrated with distribution-level feeder operations and the regional transmission operator; a distributed energy resources (DERs) management demonstration project; and a feeder-based microgrid featuring wind resources, grid-scale energy storage and up to 10 residential battery systems. AMS’s platform will perform an economic optimization of the DERs, while Opus One’s GridOS® will ensure that the DERs are optimally dispatched within the physical constraints of the grid. Behind the meter microgrids will provide grid and market operators virtual resources capable of providing integrated demand response and advanced ancillary services. In front of the meter microgrids will provide the grid operator with the ability to perform feeder load relief, volt/VAR optimization and conservation voltage reduction.