Smarter Grid Solutions recently announced that it will be working with Con Edison to increase the resiliency of its electrical grid during weather-related power outages, according to a statement released by the company. This marks Smarter Grid Solutions’ first contract in the U.S. energy sector.
The project, which was announced by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will be delivered via a partnership with NYU Poly and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress. It will investigate how distributed energy resources, including microgrids, can be integrated by Con Edison. It will involve grid analysis and gathering input to create recommendations on how power systems technologies, including the Smarter Grid Solutions’ Active Network Management, can be used to create future smart grid and smart city infrastructure through the facilitation of microgrids.
“Our Active Network Management approach has been deployed extensively in Europe, allowing power companies and utilities to create more resilient and cost effective power grids in challenging conditions,” Dr. Bob Currie, CTO and co-founder of Smarter Grid Solutions, said in the statement.” We look forward to having a technical analysis and design role in this pioneering project and contributing to the exciting work going on in New York City and the wider State of New York.”
Smarter Grid Solutions’ Active Network Management technology, according to the company, can create two to three times more capacity in an existing grid. Existing clients include UK Power Networks and ScottishPower. While the company’s headquarters are in Glasgow, its U.S. office is based in Brooklyn.
Governor Cuomo announced that $4.3 million in funds for various smart grid projects across the state, including the one headed by Smarter Grid Solutions, would be granted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Smart Grid Program.
“The major storms over the past few years taught us the importance of improving the performance of utilities and strengthening the resiliency of our electric grid for the future,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.
Edited by Ryan Sartor