Silver Spring Networks is teaming up with Smarter Grid Solutions, a European vendor of distributed energy resources integration solutions.
Together, this enables electrical grid operators to proactively manage renewable energy sources and grid devices. The approach provides effective monitoring and management of grid constraints and improves the overall reliability and efficiency of the grid.
The joint solution builds on Silver Spring and Smarter Grid Solutions’ existing engagement at the successful Flexible Plug and Play project, delivered to client UK Power Networks, the distribution network operator for London, and the South East and the East of England.
In the flexible plug and play project, Silver Spring’s networking technology connects an array of distribution equipment across a deployment of intermittent wind and solar resources in Cambridgeshire, U.K. This deployment also successfully demonstrated the use of the IEC 61850 protocol across a radio mesh field area network.
At the core of the FPP project, Smarter Grid Solutions’ Active Network Management technology monitors the electricity grid using data provided by Silver Spring’s field area network. The system autonomously calculates the available capacity of the grid and issues real-time control instructions to participating distributed energy resources.