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Renewable energy and Energy efficiency platforms
The smart grid systems platform works with 50 industrial partners on energy system architecture, dimensioning, operation, and optimization for individual homes, buildings, neighborhoods, and entire communities.
These energy systems can be connected to a variety of energy sources, including renewables (PV, generator, micro hydro) and electricity storage systems—all of which must be managed optimally to ensure that electricity is available when needed.
R&D work at the platform encompasses modelling, virtual and physical component testing, software development, and equipment selection.
The platform leverages a real-time grid simulator, converters, rooftop PV panels, and various electricity-storage systems (batteries, flywheel, hydrogen). The simulator can be used to test different grid configurations, determine operation strategies, and optimize profits. The platform’s industrial partners include energy-industry leaders like RTE, Alstom, Alcen, SRD, Sorea, and Urbasolar.
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Energy-system dimensioning and management optimization encompassing production, storage, and use for both off-grid and grid-connected systems
Remotely-managed 85 kW/160 kWh Li-ion batteries, flywheel, 160 kW PV capacity, four instrumented homes for testing, 350kW hookup, digital model-based design platform, 45 kW power HIL
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