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Proceedings of eSim 2020: 11th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Intelligent Community Control

Kate Naughton, Catherine Conaghan
Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) Ltd, Canada

Abstract: As the requirement to decarbonize the power sector increases globally, community based renewable energy sources (RES) is increasing, creating an urgency for grid modernization. However, facilitating control of RES with traditional top-down methodologies is challenging due to insufficient visibility on the distribution network. The Intelligent Community Control (ICC) uses digital twin prediction with network level forecasting to recommend control strategies from the bottom-up, accounting for all grid interconnected components. This has been virtually tested on a model of an existing network in Eday, Scotland, where benefitting from existing RES was challenging due to operating on an already constrained network. The ICC approach increases the economic benefit to endusers, while simultaneously improving local load balancing to improve grid stability and reduce network costs.