Utilities, grid and independent system operators, aggregators, and OEMs must respond to the challenges posed by new renewable energy sources (solar and wind) and new technologies (e.g., electric vehicles). These innovations are essentially good but, due to their rapid development, lower the inertia of electrical grids, which in turn decreases their stability during events. The increase in new energy sources and technologies will only exacerbate the situation unless solutions are put in place.
Our technology continuously adapts, at the source (without telecommunication), in the fastest way (in less than 250 milliseconds), and at the lowest cost, the energy consumption of a load in order to help stabilize the frequency of the electrical network.
At the source
The aggregation of a set of smart loads installed in various residential, commercial and industrial loads creates a virtual power plant (VPP) that provides reliability services to grids with smart decentralized loads.
These virtual power plants provide utilities with ways to reinforce grid reliability faster, cheaper and more efficiently than the operating reserves provided by conventional power plants. Our technology is the missing link for market aggregators, utilities, as well as grid operators for mass market load aggregation. This grid configuration offers many advantages to energy suppliers; production carried out closer to consumers reduces transportation and distribution costs as well as energy losses.
The SOFTload TM solution has successfully completed laboratory testing in addition to a variety of rigorous field tests, totalling more than 100,000 hours of faultless operation. Key European and North American industry players, such as Hydro-Québec, have completed a thorough validation of the technology.