Residential Solar+Storage Optimization, Wholesale Market Trading, Demand Response and AI-Driven Forecasting Features Added

DENVER, CO. January 28, 2020. Enbala announces commercial release of the latest version of Concerto™, its award-winning, AI-driven, distributed energy resource optimization and control platform. The latest release has been deployed globally in Australia, Europe and North America and includes numerous new features.  Key features include enhanced real-time optimization for real-time markets such as secondary reserves, solar+storage optimization and AI-driven market and asset forecasting, along with dramatic expansion of its rich library for asset connectivity and control of Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and Distributed Energy Resource Management (DERMS) applications.

The new Concerto release encompasses the following enhancements:

Real-time optimization enhancements increase our customers’ ability to control VPPs in real-time markets:

  • Improved operational control of VPP fleets and underlying assets through optimization enhancements that leverage forecasts, reliability and economic factors
  • Increased response and controllability of assets through an enhanced constraint management and configuration toolset
  • Increased scalability and performance improvements for three-second markets (i.e., secondary reserves and frequency regulation), enabling new value streams and energy market opportunities for our customers
  • Support for real-time data analysis using off-the-shelf data analytics tools

Concerto’s new forecasting and market intelligence features deliver value to our customers through strategies such as predicting and avoiding critical peak charges and predicting/executing wholesale market trading opportunities:

  • Increased asset and market intelligence using automated, AI-driven, forecasting modules
  • Improved operational insights using intelligent VPP forecasting
  • Increased confidence and insights into wholesale market opportunities using AI-driven forecasting for economic prediction of energy savings and/or peak energy periods
  • Enhanced economic bidding and dispatch into wholesale markets

Concerto supports an ever-expanding library of individual DERs, such as Tesla and SolarEdge storage solutions, and also supports OpenADR 2.0b, enabling customers to deploy VPPs swiftly and with less cost:

  • Addition of leading solar+storage solutions to VPP deployments, expanding optimization of mixed-asset, multi-vendor fleets for VPPs
  • Integration and operation of Tesla and SolarEdge storage solutions including front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter technologies
  • Realization of increased solar self-consumption through PV asset modeling, monitoring and operation for residential homes with energy storage
  • VPP integration of generation assets (CHP, gensets, diesel) with addition of generator digital twins and integrations
  • VPP integration of legacy demand response systems through digital twin enhancements and added integration protocols
  • Integration and demonstration of electric vehicle control and optimization within a VPP solution
  • New participant notification system for email, SMS and IVR communication to increase awareness, participation and customer satisfaction during events
  • Reduced integration costs of third-party devices though release of an integration kit and the Enbala Open API
  • Availability and support for OpenADR 2.0b-certified VTN for efficient integration with downstream certified OpenADR 2.0b VEN-based assets, curtailment service providers and third-party DERs
  • Newly released integration solutions for existing BMS and PLC systems over BACnet, MODBUS or custom for complex commercial and industrial sites
  • Availability of IEC 60870-5-104 adapters for communication and control of downstream assets and upstream system operators (e.g., transmission system operators)

“Working with clients who are building and deploying the world’s largest and most innovative VPP/DERMS projects has resulted in dramatic enhancements to our platform over the last year,” said Enbala President and CEO Arthur “Bud” Vos.  “Concerto embodies a philosophy that any energy source whose flexibility can be controlled is a potential resource for a VPP.  With the latest enhancements, the platform can leverage everything from residential rooftop solar and storage, to EVs, to large-scale C&I loads, to in-home water heaters and smart thermostats. It is truly market changing.”

“As we look forward in 2020,” he continued, “the innovation pipeline will continue to deliver with the next major production releases coming in late Q1 and early Q2. These versions will include release of electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) and EV storage digital twin technology, enhanced VPP fleet support for primary reserves (frequency response) and secondary reserves (frequency regulation) for live market operations, and reactive power control for DERMS voltage management feeder optimization use cases.  2020 is going to be another exciting year for Enbala.”

Concerto underpins the company’s DERMS and VPP solutions. Enbala’s VPP was named by Navigant Research as the world’s leading VPP software in its most recent VPP Leaderboard, and the company’s DERMS software was chosen in January 2020 by Navigant Research as one of the top two leading providers of DERMS for DERs and grid management.

About Enbala

Enbala provides the advanced technology needed to ensure the operational stability of the world’s power grids by harnessing the power of distributed energy. Enbala’s real-time energy-balancing platform provides a highly flexible approach for creating controllable and dispatchable energy resources from flexible loads, energy storage and renewable energy sources. The platform underpins Enbala’s award-winning and industry-leading DERMS and VPP technology and dynamically optimizes and dispatches distributed energy resources to respond to the real-time needs of the power system. The platform gives energy retailers and utilities the flexibility to operate in real-time and to better manage the escalating complexities of increasingly variable energy assets and evolving market opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.enbala.com or follow @enbala on Twitter.

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