Concerto platform helps utilities and energy retailers achieve seamless integration of a broader range of distributed energy resources
Enbala today announced the addition of several new companies to its partner ecosystem, expanding grid edge control and orchestration of numerous additional distributed energy assets. The Enbala Concerto™ distributed energy orchestration and control platform now supports enhanced integration of electric vehicle charging, solar+storage, smart thermostats, water heater storage and other smart devices capable of offering grid flexibility services.
Enhanced Integration of EV Charging
AddEnergie® has joined the ecosystem as a new electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) provider and is integrating its FLO® EV charging infrastructure with Concerto. Leveraging Concerto’s communication and control capabilities to integrate EV charging into the electricity system can help utilities manage when and where customers charge their EVs. It also provides a wide range of valuable grid services, from demand response and voltage regulation to distribution-level services. Not only does this diminish the peak demand impacts of electric vehicle load—accommodating EV loads at the lowest possible cost—but it can do so without impacting the customer’s driving experience.
“We are thrilled to see the integration of our smart energy management solution with Enbala’s Concerto platform. Our collaboration will create value for utilities and demonstrates the benefits of leveraging open standards and API architecture to ease the process and timeline of integration between parties,” said Benoît Masson, vice president operations at AddEnergie | FLO.
Better Leverage of Solar+Storage
Tesla PowerWall and SolarEdge have also been integrated with the Concerto platform, giving utilities new abilities to leverage smart inverters, batteries and solar for grid services like voltage and reactive power supply, as well as dynamic capacity.
Increased support of solar+storage also provides real-time visibility into grid edge conditions, along with end-to-end monitoring, control and dispatch of distributed energy resources (DERs) to reduce peak load and improve grid reliability, while also meeting customer demand for backup power.
Smart Thermostat Integration Supports Better DR
Platform integration of smart thermostats from ecobee and Pelican Wireless Systems further extends Concerto support for utility residential and small-to-medium business customer demand response programs. This enhanced control allows utilities to monitor and dispatch a larger number of behind-the-meter assets in an aggregated and coordinated fashion that meets the power system’s growing need for flexible load and peak load mitigation.
Residential and Multi-Dwelling Unit Water Heater Controls
Native and retrofit integration with electric-resistance water heater storage provides utilities with scale volumes of existing grid edge resources across their service territory, delivering megawatts of dispatchable capacity. Concerto integrations with Aquanta and Apricity water heater controllers are delivering scale production capacity in active DR programs.
“Today’s shift from centralized generation requires innovative technologies and greater control and interoperability across heterogeneous distributed energy assets,” said Mike Ruth, Enbala vice president of product management. “Concerto features like its open API, digital twin library and AI functionality have resulted in a large and increasing number of multi-vendor partnership opportunities. Growing our ecosystem strengthens the ability of utilities, vendors and customers alike to achieve a more sustainable energy future, and since this is our raison d‘être, everybody wins.”
In continuing support of its partner ecosystem, Enbala will conduct an Integration Workshop webinar for both current and future development partners on Tuesday, May 19. Interested parties can inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enbala provides the advanced technology needed to ensure the operational stability of the world’s power grids by harnessing the power of distributed energy. Concerto™, 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.all news