National laboratories and non-profit organizations are calling on the smart grid community to develop conceptual solutions for integrating distributed energy resource systems or DERs into the grid. To facilitate future technology integration, the goal of the Plug & Play DER Challenge is to improve interoperability between different devices and systems.
The purpose of interoperability is to enable as many connected systems as possible to communicate transparently and securely with each other in an intelligent and integrated network.
“The future of local solar energy and electric vehicle charging requires coordination with the flexibility of demand and storage to ensure a reliable and resilient power grid,” said Steve Widergren, chief engineer at PNNL and project leader for the consortium. “Integration must be simplified on a broad front. This event challenges the industry to jump in a universal way that all these technologies can be combined and operated in harmony with little effort”.
The tender is organized and conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC). The challenge is carried out in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the DOE, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and other consultants to the project industry.
Source: Berkeley Lab
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