GridBlock's flexible energy router for EV fleets can save more than 65 percent on infrastructure costs and space requirements.
FREMONT, CA: PowerSecure, a subsidiary of Southern Company, announced today a new strategic relationship with Endeavour, a sustainable infrastructure company, to roll out Endeavour's unique GridBlock platform for utilities. GridBlock technology makes photovoltaics, energy storage, and sophisticated DC services like electric vehicle fleet charging easier to integrate while also providing new tools to improve grid resilience.
GridBlock is a software-defined energy router that can establish and operate a self-contained microgrid while dynamically managing energy flow between numerous sources and loads. GridBlock packetizes and routes electrical energy at a rate 250 times faster than the current grid frequency.The precise technology allows bidirectional power flow on several ports or channels simultaneously, giving the electrical grid the flexibility and control of Internet routers and switches. Electric installations increasingly require clever integration of EV or e-truck charging, battery storage, solar panels, and critical loads, with each location's specific design and build adding to the cost of implementation. GridBlock makes it easy to manage a wide range of end-use configurations and applications with a flexible, software-defined, modular solution.
Chris Cummiskey, CEO of PowerSecure, adds, "Our PowerSecure team leads the industry in successfully integrating multiple grid interactive energy systems, and knows that the future grid will need the type of dynamic control that is provided by GridBlock. We have supported the development of GridBlock since inception, and are happy to see this new technology developed for the benefit of all utilities and large energy users, in building the future of energy."
"Endeavour is dedicated to advancing sustainable infrastructure at scale. GridBlock is foundational to that mission," says Carnemark. "This sort of flexible, smart and cost-efficient infrastructure is the right long-term approach to address the massive needs in transforming the US and European grids for a low-carbon future. But it can also address the issue of grid resiliency in emerging markets where current approaches to maintaining and managing the ever-changing grid simply don't work." Divan further adds that "GridBlock can support critical loads, act to stabilize the grid, and prevent faults from propagating—from grid-to-load or vice versa."
The GridBlock platform, which will be available worldwide, combines hardware, software, and funding into a complete infrastructure-as-a-service model that removes cost barriers and allows partners to save money right away.The platform is intended to help utilities react to changing grid needs while lowering costs and reducing risk for charging network providers and electric transportation businesses. Endeavour assists firms that are expediting the transition to sustainable transportation and have a vast pipeline of current projects for the technology.