Electric utilities need tools and equipment capable of managing not only a smarter grid but all of the challenges associated with maintaining voltage control, customer-site generation, peak generation, renewable DG, and detailed real-time information. The solution could well be advanced electronics installed at decentralized locations with software and communication capabilities to self-monitor, react, and regulate without human intervention.
Value to Electric Cooperatives
The transition to electronic devices on the electrical grid has been evolving for decades. The Grid Energy Router tested in this project is a unique technology that is alleged to stabilize voltage and power factor and mitigate harmonics at the distribution transformer. NRECA designed a demonstration project to test this new technology that could fundamentally change the utility industry. The project goals were to demonstrate a limited set of capabilities at the distribution transformer level with real-time monitoring and control.
Engineering & Operations staff
Field Demonstration of a Grid Energy Router
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