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Schneider extends grid management suite at DistribuTech

Steve Rogerson
January 31, 2018
Schneider Electric unveiled at last week’s DistribuTech conference in Texas the latest version of its EcoStruxure ADMS grid management suite. Additions let electric utilities achieve reliable grid flexibility through optimisation of distributed energy resources (DER) and improved asset management with an automated geographic information system (GIS) workflow.
The suite helps electric utilities integrate DER and increases customer adoption of DER while lowering the total cost of deployment, maintenance and upgrades of IT and OT services.
This is made possible by Schneider's Derms distributed energy resource management system offered as an embedded ADMS module or independently deployable.
GIS-ADMS integration provides two-way messaging with data validation and error reporting transforming a common business process into an automated data management workflow.
Grid automation devices, such as Easergy T300, support Derms to secure reliable power by optimising power flows and monitoring power quality even when integrating intermittent distributed generation.
"Utilities are facing dynamic changes in the industry that require increased grid management efficiency and support for customer empowerment," said Jérome de Parscau, senior vice president of France-based Schneider Electric. “By adopting EcoStruxure ADMS 3.8, utilities can increase power reliability while supporting the adoption of sustainable energy and reducing the total cost of ownership of grid modernisation solutions.”
Schneider Electric is to design and build a microgrid within critical buildings in the city of Milford, Connecticut. The technology will offer power resiliency during inclement weather.
The microgrid will operate during grid outages, providing a resilient power supply to structures within Milford that are crucial for public safety, health and emergency response, as well as providing safe refuge during super storms.
"More and more, we're seeing the negative impacts of 500-year storms on entire regions," said Mark Feasel, vice president at Schneider Electric. “The unprecedented nature of these storms is causing municipalities to come to grips with the need to offer resilient power and a shelter, and microgrids that operate independently in the event of a grid outage are critical to reduce those impacts. This microgrid will offer Milford residents peace of mind, knowing that their schools, senior centres and government buildings will be powered by a more resilient source of energy."
The microgrid will also offer Milford cost savings by reducing electricity consumption at four city buildings and heating fuel consumption at the Parsons Government Center, while allowing the city to use virtual net metering credits to reduce electricity costs at its other facilities.
The microgrid will be powered by a combined heat and power system that will be solar-ready, with infrastructure installed so that solar PV panels may be added in the future for additional cost savings and sustainability, and will use a battery energy storage system to reduce peak power consumption from the local energy grid.