19 May 2016
A new pluggable technology framework to control distributed energy resources for local electricity grids was launched today by GreenSync’s Founder and Managing Director Dr Phil Blythe.
As an advanced Cloud software and control systems framework, HIGHV™ fosters the rapid development and deployment of new strategies that will enable grids to operate above 80% renewable penetration. The launch of HIGHV™ represents a bold step in Australia’s evolution to a decentralised, renewable energy grid.
HIGHV™ allows users, such as T&D utilities, energy retailers, energy services companies and universities, to tailor the operation of their networks via the creation of control strategies and algorithms, known as ‘pluggable capabilities’. These capabilities are then plugged into the local grid, providing sophisticated commands for directing the use of energy resources.
Launching the technology at Energy Networks 2016, Phil Blythe said HIGHV™ is about making the grid pluggable to accommodate the multitude of resources and actors at play in a decentralised system.
“The centralised approach to electricity management of the last 50 years is no longer adequate in many parts of Australia. Our grid must now support a range of new innovations and localised approaches to managing Australia’s electricity needs. The only way to make this new grid simple, localised and capable of supporting rapid change is to make it pluggable” he said.
The technology platform underpinning the GreenSync product suite has been in production for several years with T&D utilities, energy retailers, energy services companies, and universities.
The launch today will increase collaboration by offering HIGHV™ free to universities for the development, testing and commercialisation of new pluggable capabilities.
As more DERs are integrated into our energy system, cooperation among parties will be critical for maintaining power system security and reliability. Universities play an integral role in shaping the future of society and as such, GreenSync invites institutions from around Australia and globally, to join us in designing new capabilities for managing our evolving energy system.
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