Utilities, Energy and Distributed Energy Resource Projects

IIoT Azure Cloud - Distributed Energy Battery Storage

Project Description
Awarded a 2 year project working with a large energy consultanat with the State of New York Energy Research and Development Authority, EPRI and Sandia delivering Asset PerformiX as a smart open IIoT enterprise asset performance and data management system connecting to battery storage, buildings, and PV solar systems as distributed energy resources. The project will connect to 100 remote sites analyzing behind-the-meter building loads, battery storage data, power conversion, and metering management with real-time historical data. The goal is to provide a new approach for validating stack services with energy savings, utility billing, demand response, and energy efficinecy to researchers, business analyst, energy engineers with IPMV validation.
Building Equipment
Battery Storage Systems, Power Conversion Systems, Transformers, Medium Voltage Switch Gear, Power Quality Metering, Building Loads, HVAC, Cooling, Heating and Process Systems (Chillers, Cooling Towers, Heating Systems).
Azure IIoT Solution
Provided FIQ's Asset Performix APM Platform ™ hosted in the Azure Cloud providing web services, real time web clients, a Wonderware 2017 Historian, pyhton, OPC-UA, database management application, and IPSEC VPN with secure connections to the remote sites with smart IoT edge device (firewall, certificates, authentication, packet inspection, end-points), connecting to Batter Storage Systems, breakers, and smart metering devices.
Results
Project is currently active and in progress.

Dispatchable Generation and Demand Response Program

Project Description
A public utility serving 862,000 customers in an areas of 4000 square miles asked Factory IQ to help them on a new innovation project developing distributed energy resource virtual power plant and micro grid as virtual power peaking plant and micro grid as a dispatchable standby generation system (DSG).

The DSG system connects remotely via private cloud network infrastructure (fiber, wireless, frame relay, cellular) to customer generators, PV solar, biogas and fuel cells that is connected to utility's center control command center. The system provides real-time monitoring and control that dispatches remote power generation assets with paralleling switch gear, power quality metering and power relay protection system that synchronizes 100 MW back to the grid including a 5 MW lithium battery storage facility.
Process Equipment
Customer site assets: Stand-by generators biogas plant, solar PV arrays (warehouses), and fuel cells. Remote site controls included PLC's, paralleling switch gear, load breakers, power quality metering, protection relay system, ground fault protection, and synchronizers. Vendor generator control packages, power instruments, local HMI's, and communication equipment consisting of IT networking, routers and cisco firewalls.
Solution
The Virtual Power Plant application was virtualized in a data center hosted in a private cloud. Wonderware Archestra and Historian were designed using IEC-61850-7-420 renewable object model and common site model with a Kepware communication server. The system consisted of 25,000 points, watchdog communication, asset health diagnostics, asset region power aggregation, power quality, ION metering system, automated fault cell phone notification, and remote management of all assets.
Results
The DSG program provided the lowest cost resource in the utility generation integrated resource plan. During a dispatch it saved over 62% in power purchase costs, 85% in maintenance O & M, and the utility estimated $25K-$100K savings over a 5 year period. For the use of the generators the utility provided a generator and switch gear upgrades, monthly generator tests and fuel costs each year the assets remained in the program.

Smart Buildings - Real Time Energy Management System

Project Description
A military facility with 800 buildings was looking for a better solution to track energy across it's buildings that would allow its building owners, facility contractors and vendors to use real-time historical data with performance contracting that would increase energy efficiency, O&M project savings and improvements using IPMV protocols. Factory IQ received a contract to develop a web portal that would connect to the existing building management and metering systems to track utility billing, energy usage, energy analysis, physical equipment assets, and building project energy auditing, conservation savings, costs and energy efficiencies.
Process Equipment
The military base included two (2) substations and equipment, steam plant, distribution steam traps, building HVAC, chillers, metering, oil storage systems.
Solution
The portal solution was hosted in a small data center using Microsoft Servers connected to a Wonderware BMS and historian. The portal used asp.net and MVC to provide a data a model connecting directly to the historian that provided a asset model. Asset equipment tags were modeled in a hierachical physical data model with equipment, HVAC, chillers, steam, metering equipment with tag names, descriptions, data properties, and values in time series data formats. Several modules were provided that included utility billing, energy analysis, reporting, GIS ORSI mapping, building asset management and metering, project energy conservation and energy efficiency.
Results
Portal increased visibility across the facility connecting to 60 buildings. The utility billing module analyzed bills and identified multiply utility errors with $750 K in utility billing savings in the first 2 years. Over $3.5 million in conservation energy savings with energy efficiency and O&M projects that consisted of using time series data from a local historian to identify peaking and load shaping problems.