Greensmith Energy will supply GEMS software to control Oncor microgrid

Written By: Stratton Report
February 7, 2017

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On February 7, Greensmith Energy announced that Oncor Electric Delivery had selected Greensmith as the software provider for its microgrid facility in Dallas, Texas.

According to the energy storage company, Oncor’s advanced microgrid consists of: a carport PV array, ground mount PV array, microturbine, diesel generators, gas reciprocating generator and battery storage unit.

The software upgrade and installation is considered a milestone for the industry and demonstrates the value of leveraging Greensmith’s software platform—GEMS. The Oncor microgrid showcases how microgrids can perform grid-tied and off-grid in order to provide continuous, reliable power—this is especially important in regions with severe storms and unpredictable weather conditions.

Greensmith’s GEMS software integrates Oncor’s microgrid assets to perform a variety of grid applications supporting power quality and energy availability. GEMS, originally designed for controlling energy storage solutions, will serve as the backbone of an intelligent distributed energy resource management system.

Michael Quinn, Vice President Strategy and Chief Technology Officer at Oncor noted:

We chose Greensmith as a partner and software provider to help expand the functionality of our microgrid and enhance individual components and overall system reliability and performance.

John Jung, Greensmith President and CEO observed: “When you look beyond the sum of its parts, a network of distributed energy resources orchestrated by advanced energy storage and software, is precisely where the energy industry is heading. Having successfully developed Greensmith’s multi-application grid software through hundreds of megawatts of system integration and installation experience on either side of the meter– our GEMS platform stands alone as the most proven software package available to energy storage operators. We are delighted to partner with Oncor given their track-record of innovation and are excited to leverage our deep technology experience to expand the capabilities of an existing microgrid without changing a single piece of hardware.”