Sector Name:Power Delivery & Utilization - Distribution & Utilization
Document Type:Technical Results
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In mid-2009, a collaborative industry project was formed to address communication integration of distributed photovoltaic and storage systems. The project was designed to engage stakeholders from inverter manufacturers, system integrators, communication system providers, and utilities. These stakeholders have been working together to identify a set of common functions that can be supported by advanced grid-tied inverters. Standardized communication protocols are being developed to exercise these functions.
The effort is being carried out in multiple phases, the first of which is now completed. In each phase, a limited number of functions, considered high priority by the participants, are being addressed. The first phase included seven such functions, among which were advanced modes for volt-var control and methods for electric storage management.
This white paper provides an overview of the project and a summary of the work completed to date. It will give the reader an understanding of the type of functions and the range of power system issues that have been taken into consideration thus far. The work is ongoing, and this update is also an invitation to become involved in the work. This initiative has been sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Sandia National Laboratories, and the Solar Electric Power Association. Participation is free of charge and open to all.
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