UTILITIES AND AGGREGATORS
Connecting Intelligent Energy
Kitu Systems’ Grid Action Platform™ (GAP) provides an end-to-end and secure open-standards-compliant solution for utilities and aggregators to operate millions of assets on a single platform.
Utilities and aggregators need to successfully manage the ever-evolving complexities of the modern energy grid.
The ability for utilities to control Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) located behind-the-meter, while coordinating device actions, is crucial to being able to provide grid-support services when needed.
Without improved visibility and predictability of behind-the-meter DER behaviors, grid operators cannot and will not rely on DERs for distribution planning and other grid-support functions. This is why the California Public Utilities Commission established Rule 21 which requires IEEE 2030.5 support in any grid-interconnected DER.
Grid operators also need to collect the metrology data to better assess the status and stability of the network on a local basis and the DER device needs to receive instructions to adjust its behavior based on grid conditions.
Having the ability to model the grid, collect and aggregate telemetry and securely issue controls to ensure grid stability are crucial to mastering the complexities of the modern energy grid.
Solutions for Utilities and Aggregators
Citadel™ is one of the three main components of Kitu Systems’s Grid Action Platform™, and is a simplified, yet powerful and flexible, open-standards-based DER Service for utilities. The secure Citadel™ server can be deployed behind a customer’s firewall or in the cloud and is capable of connecting millions of DER devices over the IEEE 2030.5 standard.
Cloud-based Convoy™ is another main component of the Grid Action Platform™, and is an open-standards DER communication, control, and coordination platform for energy service providers. Convoy™ connects and controls any DER using IEEE 2030.5 or any non-IEEE 2030.5 devices via its API.
A secure, reliable, and open-standards-based communication infrastructure is required.
The key enablers of this coordination at scale are the communication infrastructure, and the capability of user devices and utility or third-party systems to reliably and securely exchange information in both directions.
Both Citadel™ and Convoy™ provide complete APIs which allow utilities to maximize DER value to the grid by setting different device behaviors based on their location in the grid topology and based on varying grid conditions (e.g., time of day and seasonal changes.
IEEE 2030.5 and CSIP Compliance
California Electric Rule 21 governs the interconnection requirements between generation facilities and utilities' distribution systems. Rule 21 mandates the use of IEEE 2030.5 as the default communication protocol for smart inverters. Effective June 2020, all smart inverters deployed in the three California IOU territories must be certified to be compliant with the SunSpec Common Smart Inverter Profile (CSIP).
Kitu Systems was the first to achieve the SunSpec Alliance CSIP certification for all of the main components of the Grid Action Platform™: Citadel™, Convoy™, and Spark™, and was a key contributor to the IEEE 2030.5 standard and led the development of CSIP and IEEE 2030.5- compliant products since inception. Kitu Systems helped improve every aspect of the SunSpec Alliance IEEE 2030.5 interoperability program, including assisting in the development of the test procedure, debugging compliance test software, participating in field trials, and producing university-level courses on IEEE 2030.5 cybersecurity.