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Real-Time Optimization of Distribution-level Energy Resources

Distributed energy resources (DERs), including electric vehicles, energy storage devices, controllable loads, and renewable energy systems, allow consumers and aggregators to optimize their use of energy, while partaking in futuristic distribution-level ancillary service markets. DERs collectively enable utilities to provide grid services at the transmission-distribution interface. However, a seamless integration of high levels of DERs with the broader electric grid has been a persistent problem, with many states offering different forms of regulation and with DERs mostly managed using ad hoc solutions. A holistic solution that allows seamless integration of high levels of DERs is essential for increasing efficiency and reliability of the nation’s grid, allowing for greater renewable penetration, and increasing social welfare.
Patent Abstract: 
Distributed energy resources (DERs), including electric vehicles, energy storage devices, controllable loads, and renewable energy systems, allow consumers and aggregators to optimize their use of energy, while partaking in futuristic distribution-level ancillary service markets. DERs collectively enable utilities to provide grid services at the transmission-distribution interface. However, a seamless integration of high levels of DERs with the broader electric grid has been a persistent...
Benefits 
Enables (portions of) distribution systems to act as virtual power plants providing frequency regulation and regulating services, while addressing customer, utility, and aggregator needs -Large scale integration and coordination of renewable sources of energy -Interoperability with legacy grid components and advanced distribution management systems -Platform for aggregators and service providers for real-time DER optimization
applications 
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
NREL ROI 16-124, Provisional Patent 62/422,853
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