The release of ANM Strata 3.0, Smarter Grid Solutions’ third generation DERMS, moves power companies a step closer to being able to monitor and manage tens of thousands of distributed energy resources (DER) simultaneously.

At present, control systems can only handle tens to hundreds of devices, but the need to manage thousands is a near term prospect. ANM Strata 3.0 elevates the capabilities of power companies onto the next level, making it easier for them to manage more devices than ever before.

The new version of the distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) will allow even more renewable energy devices to be connected to power grids, helping countries to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement and ahead of the United Nations’ COP26 environmental summit in Glasgow in November.

The release of the latest upgrade is a major step towards helping network providers to enable the net-zero carbon dioxide emission targets being set by a growing number of countries. As well as handling more DERs, this new product release is better placed to manage battery energy storage, which will be a key component in energy systems for storing the increasing amount of electricity generated by intermittent renewables, helping to better balance supply and demand and provide required flexibility to keep the grid stable.

As with all of its software, SGSs’ new product boasts leading cyber-security credentials and can generate and manage more data to support better DER and grid analytics programs. SGS will add new state-of-the-art security features as it encounters new use cases in order to meeet the challenge that comes from scaling to thousands of devices.

Colin Gault, head of products at SGS, said: “ANM Strata 3.0 is a leap forward in network operators’ abilities to meet the challenges of reaching net-zero and tackling the climate emergency.
“Renewable energy and energy storage are essential components to decarbonise our power networks and this is the software that will enable much larger numbers of energy devices to be integrated into the grid while maintaining stability.

“With the latest version of our software, we have made some foundational changes to the underlying platform that support our product vision of mass scalability with no impact on availability, security or performance. ANM Strata 3.0 also includes extensions to the existing DER dispatch application and more customisation of the user interface.”

Users can now customise their own dashboards and share them with colleagues, as well as creating their own widgets.