BPL Global, Ltd. has released Version 3.5 of its Connected Energy (CNRG) smart grid solution suite for advanced distribution automation of the electrical network.
The suite enables integrated management of smart grid solutions from substations through customer premises. Based on a common architecture, a broad range of smart grid solutions designed for the distribution grid can collaborate. Cross collaboration of smart grid solutions automates decisions and responses in the grid to enhance reliability and efficiency and delivers the promise of the smart grid. This approach enables BPLG’s solutions to bridge “islands of intelligence” created by the independent deployment of specific smart grid solutions such as advanced metering, demand management, and/or substation automation. The result is improved ROI for each of the smart grid solutions through leveraged infrastructure, shared information and integrated management.
The Connected Energy solution is the integration layer enabling seamless collaboration of our substation and distribution solutions as well as any smart grid application deployed by a utility. For the distribution grid, the Load Management solution provides direct load control with unique monitoring, measurement and verification capability, ideal for peak load reduction, load shifting and ancillary services. The DER Management solution enables collaborative management of distributed energy resources including customer load, energy storage, distributed generation and renewables. The Grid Management solution provides monitoring of power quality throughout the distribution grid.
Each CNRG solution comprises software, communications, smart devices and managed services for a vertically integrated solution. Horizontal integration across solutions is also achieved as a result of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that enables all applications to share critical data, services and a common user interface across the system. It is built to support the industry’s evolving interoperability and security standards. This flexibility is accomplished through open system architecture with no proprietary interfaces. Utilities can initially deploy an individual solution or select the combination that addresses their highest priorities. Sequencing of deployment is designed for alignment with a utility’s smart grid strategy and roadmap.