VANCOUVER, British Columbia, February 9, 2016 – In a fundamental breakthrough for energy resource management, Enbala Power Networks today released Symphony by EnbalaTM, the first software platform delivering comprehensive control and optimization of grid-edge assets. Symphony by Enbala enables new levels of grid performance by networking renewable generation, energy storage, demand response resources, substation capacitors and other assets into the grid. The platform monitors, forecasts, orchestrates and optimizes the operations of these assets. Symphony by Enbala makes the grid edge reliable and economical.
The platform builds on the Vancouver-based software firm’s earlier success in delivering load-based ancillary services, integrating wind resources into utility operations, pioneering optimization algorithms and developing software-based solutions for grid reliability, capability and resiliency. “We built Symphony by Enbala because energy providers asked us for a single software platform that could support operating reserves, defer distribution investments, provide ancillary services and increase customer satisfaction,” said Enbala President and CEO, Bud Vos. “Symphony by Enbala improves grid performance, while it offers customers reduced costs and better information through demand-charge mitigation and rate following.”
Core platform innovations in Symphony by Enbala include a real-time optimization engine that tracks and updates network states every two seconds based on continual communications from each connected asset. Updates specify availability, capacity, ramp rate, output and consumption.
“Optimization is more than improvement,” Vos noted. “Optimization utilizes reliable and immediate communications across the entire grid network, along with models of how assets perform under different conditions. The economic value of Symphony by Enbala derives from the forecasting, simulation and execution routines that operators can run across the entire grid network to use assets when they are most valuable.”
Flexible asset scheduling in Symphony by Enbala enables network and asset ramp limiting, which improves the management of distributed generation. Flexible asset scheduling also allows Symphony by Enbala users with controllable loads to participate in market opportunities and provide grid services.
The new grid-spanning capabilities of Symphony by Enbala offer power providers a new level of insight into grid conditions through real-time solutions, such as the Enbala Virtual Power Plant and the Enbala Distributed Energy Resources Management System. These new interfaces for operators and customers provide real-time asset tracking, geospatial mapping, system performance monitoring, as well as alerts and notifications.
Because Symphony by Enbala is a dynamic platform, automated object discovery allows power providers to track assets added to or removed from the grid. Devices and objects are continually added to the Enbala platform library. “Assets are changing and improving their capabilities every day, and there are new types of assets arriving as well,” Vos said. “How do you keep everything in balance? A Symphony by Enbala customer can assess the potential that these new capabilities have to enhance grid performance. Symphony by Enbala reveals the new capabilities that are ready to deliver value.”
About ENBALA Power Networks®
Enbala Power Networks is focused on making the world’s power grids greener and more reliable, efficient and predictable by harnessing the power of distributed energy. Enbala’s real-time energy-balancing platform is transforming energy system operations through its revolutionary, highly flexible approach for creating controllable and dispatchable energy resources. It unobtrusively captures and aggregates available customer loads, energy storage and renewable energy sources to form a network of continuously controlled energy resources. The platform dynamically optimizes and dispatches these resources to respond to the real-time needs of the power system – all without impacting customer operations. For more information, visit http://enbala.wpengine.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Enbala.
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