Greensmith Energy Software Selected by Oncor to Enhance Existing Microgrid
Greensmith Energy, the leader in energy storage solutions and software, announced that Oncor Electric Delivery (Oncor) has selected Greensmith as the software provider for its microgrid facility in Dallas, Texas. Oncor's advanced microgrid consists of: a carport PV array, ground mount PV array, microturbine, diesel generators, gas reciprocating generator and battery storage unit.
The software upgrade and installation is considered a milestone for the industry and demonstrates the value of leveraging Greensmith's software platform GEMS. The Oncor microgrid showcases how microgrids can perform grid-tied and off-grid in order to provide continuous, reliable power this is especially important in regions with severe storms and unpredictable weather conditions.
Greensmith's industry-leading software integrates all of Oncor's microgrid assets and seamlessly orchestrates performance of a variety of complex grid applications supporting power quality and energy availability. As energy storage systems are fully networked into a variety of distributed energy resources, including solar and other forms of local generation such as diesel, GEMS becomes the backbone of an intelligent distributed energy resource management system (DERMS). Linked together, storage and distributed energy resources can address both supply and demand needs, as well as, supply select grid services.
"We chose Greensmith as a partner and software provider to help expand the functionality of our microgrid and enhance individual components and overall system reliability and performance," said Michael Quinn, Vice President Strategy and Chief Technology Officer at Oncor.
"When you look beyond the sum of its parts, a network of distributed energy resources orchestrated by advanced energy storage and software, is precisely where the energy industry is heading," said John Jung, Greensmith President and CEO. "Having successfully developed Greensmith's multi-application grid software through hundreds of megawatts of system integration and installation experience on either side of the meter- our GEMS platform stands alone as the most proven software package available to energy storage operators. We are delighted to partner with Oncor given their track-record of innovation and are excited to leverage our deep technology experience to expand the capabilities of an existing microgrid without changing a single piece of hardware."
The GEMS platform is the most widely-deployed energy storage software solution globally enabling the most-advanced and proven energy storage systems in the world. With its robust yet flexible feature functionality, GEMS continues to set the standard for grid-scale, behind-the-meter and microgrid storage control architecture.
Oncor is Texas' largest transmission and distribution utility the sixth largest in the nation serving more than 10 million Texans living in 402 cities and 91 counties across the state. Oncor builds, operates and maintains over 121,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines that serve over 3.3 million electric delivery points.
As the largest provider of energy storage software and services, Greensmith's mission is to make energy storage a fundamental part of a cleaner, more intelligent and distributed energy infrastructure. Now in its fifth generation, Greensmith's GEMS software platform optimizes the performance of energy storage by lowering costs and maximizing system return on investment throughout life. In 2014, Greensmith delivered over one-third of all energy storage capacity installed in the United States and in 2015, was selected as the fastest growing energy storage company by Inc 5000. GEMS is currently used by more than 30 major customers globally.