Advanced DERMS released
Published: 16 July 2019 - Carly Wills
Distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) software company, Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS), has unveiled ANM Strata 2.0, following successful on-grid deployments and pilot projects in the US, UK and Germany.
ANM Strata 2.0 is said to be the most widely deployed and versatile DERMS on the market, with enhanced tools for data analytics, visualisation and application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow it to connect to many other software systems at utilities and the operators of DER. With rapidly increasing demand for renewable energy, electric vehicles and energy storage, ANM Strata 2.0 claims to accelerate the transformation of distribution network operators into distribution system operators (DSOs).
SGS has pioneered an approach to DERMS that is unique in the market, with over ten years of full commercial deployments on multiple continents. The pioneering approach to ANM permits a layered approach to DERMS that means ANM Strata 2.0 can continue to manage the system and maximise grid access for DER without being susceptible to the data issues that so often encumber other more traditional approaches and result in reduced grid access for DER.
Significantly, ANM Strata 2.0 allows existing SGS customers to improve the financial returns from their DERMS software by deploying a range of control methods across multiple timeframes to manage any type of DER. It also features new DER optimisation, scheduling and dispatch capabilities, as well as online load flow calculations for auto-configuration of real-time algorithms.
According to Dr Bob Currie, chief technology officer at Smarter Grid Solutions: “Distribution system operators need reliable and proven solutions that can flex to meet local and system-wide needs as more and more DER comes online, while ensuring seamless interoperability with existing systems. ANM Strata 2.0 provides the desired modularity and scalability, which positions it as the cornerstone for DERMS across the enterprise of the distribution utility.”
ANM Strata 2.0 is already used by UK distribution network operator, UK Power Networks, for dynamic hosting capacity through flexible connections for DER and to establish flexibility services markets targeted at specific locations and regions of the distribution system.