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The Communications activity area supports the development of open and interoperable communication and control architectures; communication requirements such as network latency, scalability, and availability; smart inverter communication standards such as IEC 61850, DNP3, and SEP 2; and enterprise integration standards based on common information model (CIM). The solar office also supports the implementation of standard communication protocols in inverter hardware and enterprise software and demonstration of end-to-end system integration and interoperability on actual distribution feeders with utilities. Communications solutions will leverage existing communication technologies and develop new communication and control architectures to collect, store, visualize, and analyze real time operation data which is growing exponentially.
Achieving the Communications target metrics will transform the electric grid from a centralized and hierarchical network architecture to a more distributed one – with ever-increasing numbers of small and/or variable generators scattered throughout the grid. This will allow operators to better monitor and manage the impact of integrating large amounts of solar generation into the electric power system.
|Technical Metrics for Communications and Related Aspects|
- Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems: Plug and Play Solar PV for American Homes
- North Carolina State University: Development of an Innovative Plug and Play Photovoltaic Electric System
- Sandia National Laboratories: Distributed Controls for High Penetrations of Renewables