Duke Energy announces that work has begun on Phase II of its Coalition of the Willing Project at its smart grid testing facility in Mount Holly, N.C.
Building off of the success of the first phase of the Coalition of the Willing (COW I) - work that culminated with a successful interoperability demonstration on the floor at the 2014 DistribuTECH show, Duke Energy and their coalition partners are commencing work on the next phase of interoperability work. The second phase of the Coalition of the Willing (COW II) project is a non-proprietary, multi-phased project to break down proprietary and operational siloes and to prove that enhanced operation can be achieved economically through use of a distributed intelligence platform. In Phase II, Duke Energy is expanding the project to include the installation and operation of a microgrid system at its Mount Holly smart grid testing facility. This microgrid will utilize renewable resources - solar and battery energy storage - while operating a field message bus based distributed intelligence platform with wireless communications to devices.
A data model based on the Common Information Model (CIM) standard will be implemented into an open field message bus (OpenFMB) to allow standardized object model representations. This model will provide a dynamic use case - an islandable operational microgrid - to test true interoperability across devices and applications. The initiative is focused on the following objectives:
- Demonstrate capabilities of an islandable microgrid with no rotating mass generation, utilizing PV and energy storage instead
- Demonstrate benefits of distributed intelligence
- Demonstrate interoperability with CIM between multiple open standards publish and subscribe platforms, such as Data Distribution Service (DDS) and Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT)
- Prove that the microgrid can operate independent of a specific wireless or wired medium
- Develop applications that exploit the benefits at the edge of the grid, such as Var optimization, voltage management, solar smoothing, etc.
Similar to the COW I project, Duke Energy will be partnering with multiple vendors to successfully install and demonstrate the microgrid. It welcomes the following partners that will be involved in the collaborative effort:
- Elster Solutions
- General Electric
- Green Energy Corp.
- Leidos Engineering
- National Instruments
- Networked Energy Services
- OMNETRIC Group
- Parker Hannifin
- Schneider Electric
- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
- Sierra Wireless
For those interested in learning more about the technology involved in this project can download the platform's reference design specification at: http://www.duke-energy.com/pdfs/DEDistributedIntelligencePlatformVol01.pdf