Global renewable O&M analytics software provider QOS Energy has delivered an innovative energy management system (EMS) to SunHydrO.
The EMS enables real-time aggregation of data generated from plants, the weather, market prices, and the energy storage units’ behaviour into one single data hub.
SunHydrO is a combined renewable energy and storage research and development (R&D) project led by France’s Sun’R Smart Energy. The company's project seeks to foster grid integration of variable renewable energy sources with the added flexibility offered by pumped hydro storage units.
Renewable energy is variable in nature and must be able to mitigate its exposition to electricity market prices and their associated risks. The efficient management of this variability can only be achieved by using flexible production assets, the control of electricity demand, and the development of networks and storage.
SunHydrO's project is capable of integrating distributed renewable energy into the grid by coupling it to a pumped hydro storage in a virtual power plant. This can also increase both the flexibility and the value of the energy system on the electricity markets.
QOS Energy's vice-president and chief technology officer (CTO) Jean-Yves Bellet said: “QOS Energy has largely capitalised on this project to develop additional capabilities with regards to energy storage.
“Our cloud-based O&M analytics platform can cope with the complex requirements brought by the combination of storage units with renewable energy plants. Markets are still at the beginning of the storage revolution.
“We believe at QOS Energy that open and flexible data management systems and storage technology will be a requisite to facilitate the large-scale integration of renewable energy into the grid.”
Image:QOS Energy deliveres an innovative energy management system to SunHydrO. Photo: courtsey of QOS Energy.