Commercializing the GridAgents Suite: Photovoltaics Integration Plus (PVI+) Software
CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B5.1
Location(s): Boulder, Colorado
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The SmartGrid requires large scale integration of Photovoltaics (PV), Demand Response (DR), and Electric Vehicles (PEV). The timing of back feeding electricity and charging creates uncertainty and strain on the local grid, impacting peak demand, energy costs, and local reliability. Some studies predict that adding large numbers of PV systems, plus a new charging infrastructure to existing networks will cause voltage and vol-amperes reactive (VAR) problems, overheating distribution assets reducing asset life and impacting system reliability. Since PV systems will be co located with PEV, they become much more efficient, increasing grid reliability, if integrated with PEV based storage and intelligent load controls. Current systems are not integrated and do not have distribution level visibility or control.In Phase III, Infotility, Inc., proposes to bundle three major Photovoltaics Integration Plus (PVI+) capabilities: enhancements to the GridAgents platform and the PVI application itself; compilation of a standards library for issuing commands and retrieving data from multiple sources and publishing to an Application Programming Interface (API); and, integration with IBM?s Secure Cloud computing environment using their Smart Grid infrastructure and utility integration platform. PVI+ will be a commercially ready product for utility network operators, energy managers and residential distributed energy resource owners. Phase III would include finalizing the go to market plan with IBM, securing venture capital funding, pilot demonstrations and partners, with full commercialization in late 2012.