DER-intensive microgrids: How Monash University scaled edge computing

Join your peers as we examine the case study of distributed power network control for a DER-intensive microgrid at Australia’s Monash University enabled by Indra’s InGRID AGM solution.

Recorded: 15 Mar 2018

Webinar Overview

Australia is home to one of the most outstanding disruptions in the power distribution industry.

Well over 18% of customers generate energy from PV panels equivalent to 12.5% of the country’s total installed dispatchable generation.

At 1pm on 17 September, 2017 in South Australia, 48% of all power in the state was being supplied by residential rooftop solar systems.

The high presence of distributed energy resources (DER) is hindering the very basic principles of power distribution in Australia, and on sunny days in many parts of the grids, reverse power flows are starting to appear.

Visibility, monitoring and control of DERs and the capacity to interact with them on a short-term basis if not in real-time, is challenging the architecture of operation technology (OT).

Traditional point-to-point monitoring and centralised operational control, are falling short in providing a technically and financially viable solution.

In addition, small generation assets need low-cost monitoring and a centralised system would be unable to cope with the amount of elaboration that the significant quantity of monitoring points, would generate, when real-time decisions have to be taken over their operational control.

DER-intensive microgrids - control and monitoring

To find a solution to the challenges faced by distribution utilities, Monash University chose Indra’s InGRID.AGM platform to test a full-scale implementation of a DER-intensive microgrid.

The platform monitors all network-connected assets and processes data to perform grid operations through a combination of intelligent processing nodes at the edge of the network and a combination of distributed and centralised network analytics.

The microgrid project at Monash University is part of the University's Net Zero Initiative, for which the University has committed an investment of 135M$ in the coming 13 years.

Exploring Monash University’s aims and the results of the Indra.AGM implementation, this is an opportunity to learn how:

  • The nodes use IntelAtom processors over which Indra has developed its InGRID.AGM IoT solution for utilities.  
  • The nodes share information via Indra’s iSPEED low-latency bus to a range of assets behind and in front of the meter.
  • Third-parties systems and devices are also able to use the data that flow through iSPEED and publish data of their own, creating a highly interoperable data platform.

Join Indra and Monash University in this webinar to understand how technology enables the combined fast action of DERs with the direct result of greater capacity for integrating DERs and a more decarbonised grid.