Bridging the Legacy and the Smart Grid: the Power Continuity Unit

R. Lank, S. Trivedi
DERP Technologies, LLC, US

Keywords: Interconnection device, distributed generation, smart substation, micrgogrids, power continuity

Summary:

In light of the massive storms that have hit the East Coast and the faltering reliability of the Grid, the need to add more distributed generation (DG) and to have more micro-grids is becoming increasingly apparent to many decision-makers. At the heart of this change in grid architecture is the interconnection devices and ancillary equipment (such as energy storage) that makes it possible to hook “community-scale” clean power centers into the local distribution network at the distribution substation level. Distribution management of local and bulk grid power sources will be critical, as will the capacity to monitor and report (in real time) the savings and other positive impacts that the local power (DG) will have on the feeders from the subject substation. DERP TECH is now partnering with the City of Windham, CT to participate in the State of Connecticut’s Microgrid Demonstration project, targeting two schools that would need to provide shelter and food for the community in the event of disaster and black-out. DERP TECH is striving to bring widespread distributed generation of clean electricity to bolster the grid 24/7 (parallel operation) and to keep critical loads powered up during extended black-outs.