Technology advancements and declining costs of solar PV have accelerated the deployment of PV systems by utilities, consumers, and third parties. When connected to the grid in large scale or volume, PV systems can be disruptive if not designed, integrated, and managed properly. In particular, the variability and uncertainty of the solar resource poses challenges for reliably integrating PV with electric power systems, both at the distribution and bulk system levels.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has established the Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) program to help address these challenges. Projects funded under this initiative aim to develop and demonstrate integrated solutions combining PV with energy storage, dynamic load management, advanced forecasting techniques, utility communication and control systems, and smart buildings and smart appliances.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is leading one of the research projects funded under the SHINES initiative. This 3-year project (2016-2019) aims to design, develop and demonstrate a multi-level control architecture and control algorithms for the end-to-end grid integration of distributed energy resources (DER). This talk will provide an overview of the project goals, initial learnings, and ongoing efforts.