The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNW-SGDP), led by Battelle, involves a number of utilities and demonstration sites deploying “Transactive Control” as the unifying smart grid technology. Spirae implemented Transactive Control for the asset systems of multiple program participants, including Flathead Electric Cooperative, Avista Utilities, Idaho Falls Power, University of Washington, and Northwestern Energy. Spirae also provided project-level support by testing Battelle’s transactive control algorithms and provided assistance to other subprojects.
Using its BlueFin platform, Spirae coordinated control of distributed assets ranging from distributed battery storage, residential thermostats, water heater Demand Response Units, and Smart Appliances, to commercial Building Management Systems and chillers, natural gas, steam and diesel power generation in order to accomplish participant and project goals. To support and enhance participant response, Spirae led efforts to test the various asset systems and implement automatic data collection of transactive and non-transactive data, and provided load prediction, forecasting tools, and validation of transactive control algorithms. Check out this video to learn more about the project.