Spirae and Survalent partner to improve grid

Wednesday February 1, 2017 0 comments Tags: Fort Collins, Spirae, Survalent, Sunil Cherian, Young Ngo, DERs

FORT COLLINS/SAN DIEGO -- Spirae and California-based Survalent today announced a partnership that aims to improve the energy grid by better adding distributed energy sources such as rooftop solar and small scale wind turbines.spirae-logo

The increasing proliferation of rooftop solar, small scale wind turbines, behind-the-meter battery storage technologies and energy-smart buildings has created significant challenges for utilities attempting to add all of these new distributed energy resources (DERs) to the grid.

To give utilities a seamless and scalable solution to manage, optimize and control DERs, Survalent and Spirae today announced they will partner to deliver a solution to track, monitor, control, and optimize those resources. Survalent’s ADMS platform, Survalent ONE, will be integrated with Spirae’s Wave DERMS solution to enable utilities to efficiently and reliably leverage DERs within their networks.

The solution allows utilities to manage the capabilities of both distributed generation and demand response resources through a common platform, the companies said.

By providing real-time situational awareness into a utility’s underlying distributed asset capabilities, the distribution network can be configured to meet specific operating needs or conditions. Advanced control and management features give utilities the ability to account for and mitigate issues associated with high impact DERs, such as frequency, voltage variations and overloads on network reliability.

Enhanced management of DERs offers a number of benefits to utilities, the companies noted. Outage restoration options can be enhanced using available DERs, load factors can be improved through load shaping, system losses can be minimized through phase balancing and capital expenditures can be deferred by managing congestion and circuit overloads.

“While the intermittent nature of DERs represents a challenge to utilities, they also represent an opportunity,” said Young Ngo, Survalent chief technology officer.

“This solution allows utilities to better manage the operation of their distribution network and realize the benefits of increased DER penetration. We are pleased to partner with Spirae to bring this comprehensive solution to our global customer base.”

“Integrating our Wave DERMS platform with Survalent’s ADMS simplifies DER management for electric utilities,” said Sunil Cherian, Spirae’s chief executive officer.

“For the first time, utilities will be able to use a unified platform for managing grid-edge resources in concert with grid operations.”