Horizon Power to Install Active Control Technology for DERMS in Australia

Jan. 3, 2019
PXiSE’s DERMS will provide the platform for Horizon Power to manage distributed energy resources

PXiSE Energy Solutions has been selected by Horizon Power to install PXiSE’s Active Control Technology (ACT) as the distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) in Western Australia.

PXiSE’s DERMS will provide the platform for Horizon Power to manage distributed energy resources (DERs) in the future across its approximately 888,000-square-mile service area while enhancing efficiency and maintaining reliability of its electric grid. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

PXiSE’s DERMS will provide Horizon Power with continuous, high-resolution visibility into the operations of the solar panels, batteries and generators. The platform will automatically respond to conditions on the grid by discharging power stored in batteries to correct any real-time disturbances and ensure a smooth, two-way flow of electricity across its systems.

“With increasing customer demand for behind the meter energy resources, we will need innovative technology to enable us to efficiently manage the resources while maintaining our highest safety and reliability standards,” said Terry Mohn, general manager of Advanced Microgrid Developments for Horizon Power. “PXiSE’s flexible and comprehensive DERMS solution was selected because it offers innovative new technology for Western Australia that will serve as a platform to increase renewable capacity.”

The deployment of PXiSE DERMS solution will enable Horizon Power to manage and orchestrate various DERs and further transition to a higher percentage of renewable resources.

The PXiSE Active Control Technology platform runs on a standard Microsoft Windows platform and uses an embedded OSIsoft software and synchrophasor data to enhance, analyze and respond to grid data from numerous power resources. The continuous higher-resolution visibility and artificial intelligence balances a mix of renewable energy, storage and traditional generation on the electrical grid.

The PXiSE software application currently controls DERs at renewables projects, including Auwahi Wind in Hawaii and in microgrids at Sempra Energy’s headquarters in San Diego and a winery in Sonoma County, California.

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