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New Interoperable Platform Driving the Future of Flexible DERs
By Utilities Tech Outlook | Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Jim Kent, CEO
The interoperable standards and frameworks of the integrated platform underpin the transition to smarter and flexible energy systems.
FREMONT, CA: Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) launches OpenFMB device simulator, its first open-source project. The simulator can efficiently accelerate the development, testing, and adoption of Distribution Energy Resources (DERs) by using the OpenFMB messaging and data model. SGS is a globally operating enterprise software company, which develops products with high market penetrations of DER. The company manages a substantial volume of DER assets for distribution utilities and owners of DER. Customers use the offered interface to connect DER with both market and network.
“Joint technology development and deployment embedded in customer trial and roll-out initiatives - such as with San Diego Gas & Electric and NPg on this OpenFMB programme - are integral to our company prospects and growth. It helps us to understand better and implement the different capabilities of standards like OpenFMB when we work closely with customers on trial deployments,” quotes Jim Kent, CEO of Smarter Grid Solutions.
OpenFMB supports interoperable frameworks of DERs proliferation, such as wind and solar power. The process results in the increase of critical need for greater cohesion and information sharing among these systems. “Open standards play a key role in our products and the roadmap for their development. Open standards address the significance of effective interoperability in the rapidly digitalizing and integrating energy system. Many of our customers are keen to explore and hold options for new interfaces with emerging platforms and systems - open standards are pivotal in helping with that,” says Jim. The innovation enables effective, feature-rich, integration, and interoperability of devices and systems to the grid edge, underpinning the transition to smarter, more flexible energy systems.
Using OpenFMB and other open standard interoperability frameworks by SGS help utilities gain standards of cost and performance. The solutions can accelerate the transition to distribution system operator business models, orchestrating the operation of large numbers of active and flexible DERs. “Open FMB is one of several recently completed and ongoing developments that maintains our DERMS products at the front of the market in terms of their open integration and interoperability, with notable others in core areas of the energy transition including OpenADR for standardized and simplified demand response management, and the Open Charge Point Protocol for EV charge management,” explains Jim.
SGS’s DERMS software enables the customers and partners to integrate and control any size and type of DER, regardless of the location, connect with extensive communications and develop an interface to grids and markets. Well designed and developed utility-grade software products of Smarter Grid Solutions are highly flexible and offers a variety of functional and non-functional options.
Smarter Grid Solutions provides products trusted by the distribution utilities for applications on critical infrastructures. These fit perfectly for sub-second, autonomous and deterministic control, as required for the back-ups and the fail-safes by ‘on grid’ applications. The company invests in the developing and refining its platform to support the integration of the system environment. It allows the clients to build their solutions, developing IP, and creating prepositions. The integrated design and solutions by the provided platforms include functions like optimization, artificial intelligence, data analytics, flexibility markets, online power systems analytics, and more. Over a decade, Smarter Grid Solutions has ensured products and technology deliveries to build a professional service and integrated business across the globe.