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Real-time, autonomous and deterministic control technology

Significant R&D in power systems automation and control, in collaboration with leading utility companies, has created the platform and application technologies required to manage Distributed Energy Resources (DER) securely and safely. Managing large volumes of data from high volumes of rapidly changing DER to make them into a manageable resource as part of a more resilient and flexible grid is the challenge.

Traditional ‘operator-in-the-loop’ systems and conventional approaches to power system protection and control cannot scale to provide the speed of response, manage the complexity or secure the benefits of DER. Our platform uses commodity hardware, with software designed to host our applications and deliver the range of control functionality that DNOs, DSOs and other system participants need.

Our Active Network Management (ANM) technology is unique and powerful, it bridges the boundary between the distribution network and grid edge devices.

Real-time: Modern grids need to handle fast-changing volumes of data. That is why our control platform uses military-grade technology

Autonomous: The need to respond and the volumes of data, make operator-in-the-loop control impractical.

Deterministic: Control decisions must be predictable, reliable, safe, secure and repeatable.

This underlying technology creates our unique Active Network Management products that:

Monitor: Our Active Network Management products monitor critical grid locations, communications status and the operating status of Distributed Energy Resources.

Action: When measurements from critical locations exceed thresholds, communications fail or Distributed Energy Resources breach given parameters, our Active Network Management products operate autonomously in a pre-determined, repeatable and time-bounded manner to issue set points and signals to Distributed Energy Resources.

Deliver: Our Active Network Management products guarantee an end-to-end control response from Distributed Energy Resources and other grid devices to balance electricity flows, maximising power system hosting capacity and delivering grid reliability improvements.

These patented platform and application technologies are used to implement our range of control products

Our technology is like no other. It bridges the boundary between the distribution utility grid and grid edge devices.

The result is our family of Active Network Management products, based on technology that is real-time, autonomous and deterministic- a unique and powerful combination.

  • Real-time: because the Smart Grid needs to handle fast-changing volumes of data. That’s why our control platform uses military-grade technology.
  • Autonomous: because the volumes of data, and the need to respond, makes operator-in-the-loop control impractical.
  • Deterministic: because all control decisions must be predictable, reliable, safe, secure and repeatable.

Our open standards approach means that our products comfortably sit alongside existing network management systems, and complement their functionality.

Monitor: Our Active Network Management products monitor critical grid locations, communications status and the operating status of Distributed Energy Resources.

Action: When measurements from critical locations exceed thresholds, communications fail or Distributed Energy Resources breach given parameters, our Active Network Management products operate autonomously in a pre-determined, repeatable and time bounded manner to issue set points and signals to Distributed Energy Resources or grid devices.

Deliver: Our Active Network Management products guarantee an end-to-end control response from Distributed Energy Resources and other grid devices to balance electricity flows, maximising power system hosting capacity and delivering grid reliability improvements.

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