Siemens teams for renewable grid edge management

Siemens teams for renewable grid edge management

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By Nick Flaherty

Siemens has teamed up with EnergyHub to expand its ecosystem of partners for its grid software business.

The edge management software from New York-based EnergyHub operates at the edge of the grid, combining distributed renewable energy management tools with turnkey programme management to enable utilities to scale grid-edge flexibility.

EnergyHub controls all classes of distributed energy resources (DERs) including thermostats, electric vehicles, energy storage, and solar inverters. The company works with over 60 North American utilities to manage more than 1.3 GW of flexible capacity.

The management software will be integrated with Siemens grid planning, operations and maintenance software to provide power systems and grid control domain expertise to the partnership. 

About 70 percent of the world’s electricity consumption or 16,000 TWh each year already flows through infrastructure simulated by Siemens’ grid software. Today, 1,300 control centre systems based on Siemens’ software are in operation worldwide.

Siemens and EnergyHub will interface their software to move towards a holistic and scalable end-to-end next generation DER management system. This will give utilities better DER visibility, forecasting, and management, which will enable them to better plan, operate and maintain networks that have to take into account all the distributed energy sources.

“Utilities have to re-think how to manage power grids because DERs will continue to grow significantly over the next decade,” said Sabine Erlinghagen, CEO of Grid Software at Siemens. 

“Knowing about DER contributions to our power grids is very important to shift loads to periods when there is less stress on the grid. Siemens and EnergyHub will be strategically cooperating on complementary portfolio elements for a next generation DER management by combining Siemens’ network expertise with EnergyHub’s proven grid-edge capabilities. This partnership will enable utilities to reach net-zero by leveraging DERs as a non-wire alternative solution such as investments in hardware. Ultimately, this will enable utilities to unlock unprecedented levels of DER flexibility and resilience of the power grid,”

“It is impossible to decarbonize electricity without grid-edge flexibility to complement the growing mix of renewable generation. Now that our grid-edge programs are gigawatt-scale resources, it is critical that they interconnect deeply with core utility operating systems. This partnership with Siemens—a global leader in electricity-industry software—will enable grid-edge resources to transform the utility enterprise in a way that is win-win for utilities and their customers,” said Seth Frader-Thompson, President of EnergyHub.

The Siemens Grid Software Suite is part of the Siemens Xcelerator platform that ranges across industries, transportation, grids and buildings.;


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