Smarter Grid Solutions implements net-zero system
Tech innovators Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has announced the release of its ANM Strata 3.0 system to monitor thousands of energy resources.
A third-generation DERMS (distributed energy resources management system), ANM Strata 3.0 was created when SGS recognised that control system would need to be magnitudes stronger to accommodate the increasing number of devices: from hundreds to thousands.
With the growth of renewable power sources rising steeply worldwide following years of gradual increase, the new challenge for energy companies is incorporating them into national grids and allowing countries to meet carbon-reduction targets.
Digitising the energy sector
DERMS grant vital controls to electricity companies, including voltage management, power flow optimisation and grid load management.
These systems of control eliminate inefficient ‘bottle-necking’, wherein an excess of power is resolved by limiting the amount of power allowed to enter the system, thus producing wastage.
ANM Strata 3.0 mitigates this by allowing excess power to be diverted from the grid into manageable storage batteries and then subsequently redistributed during peak times to regulate the flow of electricity and save both consumers and energy companies money.
Priding itself on high-quality software featuring the latest digital security protection from cyberattacks, SGS states that its solutions can be safely scaled to the size required by whichever grid it is implemented.
A leap forward
Regarding the release of SGS’ new system, Colin Gault, Head of Products, said, “ANM Strata 3.0 is a leap forward in network operators’ abilities to meet the challenges of reaching net-zero and tackling the climate emergency.
“Renewable energy and energy storage are essential components to decarbonise our power networks and this is the software that will enable much larger numbers of energy devices to be integrated into the grid while maintaining stability.
“With the latest version of our software, we have made some foundational changes to the underlying platform that support our product vision of mass scalability with no impact on availability, security or performance.”
ANM Strata 3.0 will be an entirely customisable system so that enterprises can maximise their usage and specialise its application.
Enhancements available to users include asset scheduling, power factor dispatching and auto-configuration for merit order stacks
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.