Lumidyne Consulting LLC announced the release of a new modeling Software as a Service (SaaS) tool that helps electric distribution utilities, cities and other organizations integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) into their planning processes. The modeling software, named SPIDER (Spatial Penetration and Integration of Distributed Energy Resources), is able to forecast spatial adoption and grid impacts of solar PV, electric vehicles (EVs), and battery storage; help grid planners minimize distribution system costs while ensuring system reliability; help city planners estimate EV charging station infrastructure requirements; rapidly update forecasts with new data through automated calibration; analyze different policy, technology or electric rate scenarios; and account for interactions among and uncertainty across DERs. The SPIDER model is built in Analytica, a powerful and flexible software platform. SPIDER model usage is dictated by each client’s unique needs, with delivery options including: Desktop Application - maximum control for end user; Software as a Service (SaaS) - secure web interface hosted on scalable cloud computing; and Forecasting as a Service (FaaS) - regularly updated by Lumidyne staff.
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