22 Sep 2015
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) has released its new line of microgrid control system solutions. The microgrid control system builds on the design and capabilities of SEL’s POWERMAX Power Management and Control System. At the heart of SEL’s solution is a mi-crogrid controller that is able to respond to external data, such as real-time pricing signals and fast-changing system dynamics. This capability enables the microgrid controller to optimize the system configuration based on the system user’s priorities and real-time data. Priorities can be assigned to various user-defined scenarios, like economic dispatch, carbon footprint
minimization, renewable integration, and system resiliency. The fast, deterministic controller can operate in as little as half a cycle, allowing it to reliably balance load with available generation.
SEL’s microgrid control system solutions use SEL’s layered cybersecurity hierarchy. This secu-rity approach ensures that all data remains secure, allowing the system to operate continuously without threat of interruptions. Each microgrid system is unique and depends on variables such as the type of distributed energy resources, system owner operation priorities, project drivers, and utility interconnection requirements. The SEL microgrid controller is both flexible and cus-tomizable to ensure interoperability with all system components and drivers. SEL is also capable of providing front-end engineering and design for microgrid preproject planning purposes.