The partnership aims to break down silos across utilities to enable them to move towards a holistic and scalable end-to-end DER management solution.
Siemens has teamed up with software technology firm EnergyHub to expand its ecosystem of partners for its grid software business.
The cooperative effort aims to provide utilities with a comprehensive and scalable next-generation distributed energy resource (DER) management solution by interfacing their complementary solutions. This collaboration is expected to give utilities better visibility, forecasting and management of DERs, allowing for more effective planning, operation, and maintenance of an increasingly DER-centric grid.
The collaboration will break down silos across utilities to enable them to move towards a holistic and scalable end-to-end DER management solution.
“Utilities have to re-think how to manage power grids because DERs will continue to grow significantly over the next decade. Knowing about DER contributions to our power grids is very important to shift loads to periods when there is less stress on the grid,” said Sabine Erlinghagen, CEO of Grid Software at Siemens.
Seth Frader-Thompson, President of EnergyHub, emphasized that grid-edge flexibility is essential to complement the growing mix of renewable generation for decarbonizing electricity. He believes that the partnership with Siemens will enable grid-edge resources to transform the utility enterprise in a way that is win-win for utilities and their customers.
Distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) are software solutions that control and coordinate various DERs. These DERs are of different energy types such as solar, wind and battery storage. DER management includes the analysis, control, maintenance, demand control and remote management of energy resources software and networks.