Traditional consumers are turning into prosumers, becoming more engaged, installing Distributed Energy and Storage Resources (DERs and ESRs), improving efficiency and reducing their loads. At the same time, large amounts of variable renewables are also added in the transmission grid. Managing such a system is increasingly becoming a difficult problem for the transmission and distribution utilities.
While scaling up renewables in the power system is essential, variable output, frequency control, and a lack of distributed energy management systems can strain grid infrastructure and create a suite of unique operational and financial challenges for network operators.
Powerledger’s flexibility features allow distribution and transmission system operators to leverage the power of markets, including the benefits from distributed flexibility, to help smooth variability, support to balance the grid, and significantly reduce (or avoid) network refurbishment. Meanwhile consumers and prosumers can democratically buy and sell their energy locally.
Since such a system allows for renewable generation to be scaled up near its consumption, integration of DERs into the system could become beneficial to the utilities and system operators.
MODE Flex is our dual-layered approach to use local electrical markets and Flexipreneurs (like flexible load, DER and storage owners) to deliver voltage and congestion solutions to distribution and transmission utilities. In this way, we flatten the duck curve and help grid operators cope with renewables’ variability.
With too much reactive power on the grid, voltage issues are one of the problems of the modern grid. MODE Flex works to solve this by optimizing the DERs, loads and storages.
Congestion issues are increasingly prevalent in grids where large amounts of renewable energy is a long way from where it’s needed to be consumed. An expensive interconnector is one solution. MODE Flex is a better choice.
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