EPRI Knoxville Testing Communication Protocols for the Smart Grid

The following article was originally published Solar Novus Today website: http://www.solarnovus.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4712:smart-grid-tools-for-solar-installations&catid=38:application-tech-features&Itemid=246 and is important to the advancement of the integration of new energy sources to the future electrical power system under development (Stephen Levy)

: Four Advanced Energy 260kW’s inverters were installed at this 1 MW ground mount PV Project in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo courtesy Advanced Energy Industries

The term “smart grid” means many things to many people, but for solar and utility engineers, the effort around perfecting solar smart grid tools has focused on refining the grid-capable properties of inverters and storage components. Communications protocols are being drafted and harmonized, and component manufacturers and utilities are entering a new phase of testing these protocols with the grid’s next-generation hardware.
“We’ve gone as far as we can on paper, as far as we can in a committee room,” says Brian Seal, technical executive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). “Now we need field results, tangible results from field demonstrations that would shed light on how well these paper efforts actually work.”