Our grids were designed as one-way systems.
The grid was designed to get power from large, remote generators to the places where people live. A small number of mostly fossil-fueled plants fed high-voltage lines to local utilities (via a Transmission-Distribution Interface), which distributed electricity to commercial, industrial, and retail customers.
Figure 1: Yesterday’s Grid
Today’s electric grid is more distributed.
Customers are adding rooftop solar, battery storage, and windpower back to the grid. As the price of renewables fall and distributed generation becomes a larger proportion of our energy mix, conditions can change much more rapidly than ever before. At the same time, load flexibility provides new opportunities to manage costs and provide services. Managing the complexity of tomorrow’s grid requires new tools, and a new operating model.
Figure 2: Today’s Grid
Tomorrow’s grid requires reliable software to optimize a renewable energy future.
Camus Energy provides utilities, load serving entities, and microgrid operators with the tools to understand and manage the changing grid. Advanced situational awareness provides critical insight into current, past and future state. Our orchestration layer provides control and optimization of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) with full confidence – even with imperfect information. We leverage machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) to provide better “nowcasts” for electricity grid operators to understand behind-the-meter activity, and to predict near-future state. Provided through a SaaS (Software as a Service) model, we are experts in building system architecture that is scalable and resilient to the unknowns in weather extremes, cyber attacks, and volatility from the world energy markets. We achieve this by working with customers and partners to integrate co-ordinated control across a range of devices, from utility-controlled generation and storage, to third-party IoT devices such as residential solar, battery storage, EV charging stations, smart control devices, water heaters, and others.
Figure 3: Tomorrow’s Grid
From Grid Operator to Distribution System Operator (DSO)
The advanced capabilities required to manage a dynamic, 2-way grid are similar to the requirements of managing the transmission system. The future Distribution System Operator will need to:
- Maintain operational reliability – including situational awareness, resilience planning, and system stability at high renewable penetration
- Manage variable supply and flexible demand – requiring near-term forecasting and active integration of local flexibility
- Manage market relationships – local pricing, services procurement, and bulk market integration
Camus’ Grid Management Platform simplifies the transition to a Distribution System Operator model, providing next-generation management for the zero-carbon grid of the future.