Smart Energy Technologies & Energy Storage
Islands have become ground zero for maximizing renewable energy resources, as they are increasingly establishing 100% renewable energy goals and provide a great case study for doing so. Powering these communities with carbon-free energy helps to address unique island challenges, but incorporating renewables also comes with its own hurdles. Islands have weak, radial microgrids and experience high power costs because they have to import all traditional fuel sources used by their system. Many islands are located in regions that favor wind and solar, and now many of them are working to harness these resources to reduce costs and improve reliability. Though these renewable energy sources are abundant, they are also intermittent and which makes the process of harnessing them as complex. It requires a sophisticated energy management system, because solar+storage and wind infrastructure alone are not enough. Greensmith Energy’s GEMS is being deployed to help islands at the forefront of this shift, continually increase their renewable energy capacity factor while mitigating grid impacts and resolving instability. GEMS uses data from weather, load and market forecasts to manage and deploy multiple generation assets in fractions of a second, creating an optimized and flexible system that ensures grid reliability. The GEMS technology neutral-approach, machine-learning and AI capabilities have been proven in real-world applications to maximize island microgrid performance and flexibility. Join Wärtsilä in an examination of the role of advanced energy storage technologies and the importance of software for renewables integration. Greensmith, a Wärtsilä company, has more than 70 active grid-scale projects, and can share data and findings from recent deployments, including two recent island projects. The data from the island projects shows how the GEMS platform takes in renewable forecasts and the status of energy resources. Real-time assignment of power is managed simultaneously, down to the millisecond, by a steering control loop to ensure that current and future load can be met. For a 6 MW-6MWh project on a European island, the GEMS-powered deployment allows the island to run on a higher percentage of renewable power, with the goal of achieving 100 percent renewable adoption in the near future. This presentation at ESI will explore: 1. The challenges around managing existing power generation technologies on island microgrids, 2. Case study data showing how energy management systems can reduce costs and improve system performance, and 3. How energy management systems leverage intermittent renewable resources and reduce operating challenges for utilities.