NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of platform-based systems that enable
engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering
challenges, announced today a technology collaboration with Innovari to
help utility companies around the world improve system utilization,
manage distributed energy resources and foster relationships between
customers, local communities and regulators.
Interactive Energy Platform (IEP) uses artificial intelligence, “big
data” analytics, proprietary optimization routines and grid-edge
hardware built on NI technology to deliver capacity and address grid
demand. Utility companies and commercial utility customers (retail
chains, grocery stores, universities and more) have benefited from
deployed systems, including:
City Power & Light (KCP&L) has embraced a forward-looking
strategy that focuses on edge-of-grid resources as opportunities,
rather than threats, and users as partners, rather than just
bill-paying customers. The company deployed the IEP because the
technology provides real-time, deep situational awareness into
the grid – helping to reduce the likelihood and duration of power
outages to optimize performance. The solution also supports many
primary business goals such as promoting economic growth in the region
and improving the customer experience. As a result of the program,
KCP&L has gained more than 400 hours of operation per year with the 15
MW project that engaged over 200 commercial and industrial customers.
Mumbai-based electric utility Reliance
Infrastructure (RInfra) implemented the IEP on commercial
buildings and mobile generators to stabilize the grid in regional
areas under stress. Since October 2014, RInfra has responded to
hundreds of grid events using the IEP and has shown that the demand
side can be a real part of their resource plan year-round. RInfra
customers see benefits too with reduced energy costs and greater
control of their facilities. The Raghuleela Mall has almost a MW of
controlled capacity including 60 air-handling units and multiple 400
Innovari’s grid-edge hardware, called Energy Agents, attaches to
participant buildings to deliver important two-way communication of
energy information back to the utility and balance edge-of-grid
resources for an optimized grid. The agents are designed with CompactRIO
Single-Board Controllers and LabVIEW
software for distributed sensing and control.
“We were originally attracted to NI because of the company reputation as
a market leader in data acquisition technology,” said Corey Catten,
chief technology officer at Innovari. “We chose CompactRIO Single-Board
Controllers because we could get to market faster than with other
options while maximizing the data processing capability per dollar
spent. The end result is a system that not only helps utilities and
their customers lower energy costs, but one that has eliminated millions
of dollars’ worth of fossil fuels that otherwise would have been burned
to support grid operations.”
At IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona, Innovari and NI will
participate in a session titled Improving
Grid Utilization (and Cost) With Edge Control and Cloud Analytics on
Thursday, October 5 at 12:40 p.m. The session explores the technical
components of the complete system, details on how to achieve business
benefits and an overview of a new pilot commissioned by AEP, one of the
largest electric utilities in the United States.
Learn more about how the NI platform helps drive the Industrial IoT at www.ni.com/iiot.
Innovari has created the platform for utilities to build the grid of the
future in partnership with their customers and communities. The
Interactive Energy Platform™ (IEP™) uses artificial intelligence,
big-data analytics, proprietary optimization routines and deep knowledge
of the utility business to optimize the entire energy value chain,
especially management of distributed energy resources. The IEP adds
much-needed intelligence to both the generation and consumption side of
the grid and behaves like a virtual power plant, securely sitting
alongside other regulated utility company assets and business models.
The Interactive Energy Platform is currently installed on multiple
continents. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Innovari has offices
across the U.S. as well as in India, Latin America and Turkey. Learn
more at www.innovari.com.
NI (ni.com) empowers engineers and scientists with a software-centric
platform that incorporates modular hardware and an expansive ecosystem.
This proven approach puts users firmly in control of defining what they
need to accelerate their system design within test, measurement and
control. NI’s solution helps build high-performance systems that exceed
requirements, quickly adapt to change and ultimately improve the world.
CompactRIO, LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI and ni.com are
trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names
listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
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