Transformational Technology Transfer

Overview

Open Energy Solutions, Inc. (OES) seeks transparent, strategic relationships with its customers and strives to be known for its integrity and ability to execute as promised, while providing innovation and thought leadership. OES strives to leverage its collective expertise and experience to make significant positive change in the utility industry that will improve the quality of life through the wiser use of energy. Through its efforts such as the OpenDSP (working name) grid-edge energy operating system, OES seeks to transform the way energy is generated, delivered and utilized.

The primary focus of OES is to facilitate advanced technology transfer through providing professional and development services for regulated and unregulated energy suppliers and their customers. OES was founded in December, 2016, and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California with staff located throughout the United States.

Services

Grid Integration

Grid Integration addresses current areas of interest such as IT/OT convergence and the internet of things (IOT). More specifically, OES looks at and addresses the convergence of utility operational, computing and telecomm platforms. Very few entities today can address both the operational and IT/telecomm aspects of utility operations. Activities include:

  • Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) system integration

  • Solution commissioning and testing

  • Distributed Energy Resource (DER) to Grid integration activities

  • Microgrid to Grid integration activities

  • Customer/Utility asset integration and optimization

Disruptive Technology Support

OES is focused on helping utilities and end users realize value from emerging technologies that could dramatically alter the way today's grid and associated markets would operate. Activities include:

  • Aid in getting market acceptance of potentially disruptive technologies

    • Developed by utilities

    • Used by utilities

  • Provide research, analysis and support of new disruptive technologies that may impact existing utility strategy and operations

  • Services include

    • Technology prioritization, evaluation, and testing

    • Market, landscape and competitive analysis

    • Business modeling and risk assessment

    • Solution architecture and development

    • Process and standards development and review

    • Change management associated with disruption

  • The experience and skills of the OES staff uniquely support this focus

Traditional Services

A variety of conventional consulting services are also offered in order to support transfer of technologies to industry. OES offers these traditional services in order to provide a more comprehensive offering to clients to be more effective in supporting their work. These skills include (representative and not inclusive):

  • Power system engineering

  • Operations management

  • Field operations, testing, diagnostics and troubleshooting

  • Product management

  • Management consulting

  • Change management

  • Technical and economic feasibility

Technologies

Open Field Message Bus - A Differentiator in Design and Operations

Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) is the first technology OES is transferring to industry and the skills developed in doing are directly relevant to help transfer additional emerging technologies.

OpenFMB is an industry standard reference platform combining a distributed intelligence (DI) architecture with open interoperability integration standards to enable the envisioned energy Internet of Things (IOT). Duke Energy has been instrumental in developing and expediting the standardization of OpenFMB. The initial focus of OES has been to apply OpenFMB to the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrids. Along with applying OpenFMB to extend the capability of traditional utility operational systems, it also improves the visibility, control and performance of all integrated technologies through more precise control and faster response time. Along with applied edge analytics, it can also improve situational awareness and intelligence.

OES is currently serving as a catalyst to coordinate the activities of a team of OpenFMB providers in a way that leverages the strength of the team that no single entity could likely outperform. In addition to providing leadership support and coordination of the team, OES provides risk mitigation for the team and serves as a stable and agile entity with the ability to leverage large company strengths. Also, OES provides business development and marketing support for its team members, along with serving as a reseller and integrator of their products and services.

Platform Development Support

OES is filling a gap between the large traditional software vendors and start-ups with proprietary solutions in dealing with systemic issues (performance, keeping up with needs, support for evolving markets, etc.) currently seen by utilities by supporting development of a new utility-lead platform collaboration. The Open Distributed System Platform or OpenDSP (working name) is a utility-led collaboration. OpenDSP is comprised of a core open source software platform providing the key common services needed to support applications that plan for, manage and operate assets. These assets exist on high, medium and low voltage networks and include interactions between of the traditional transmission system, the distribution system and customer or third-party assets within a customer premise, in an integrated fashion. OpenDSP will scale from muni/co-op use to use by large investor owned utilities.

Future Potential of an OpenDSP DI-Enabled Platform

  • Improves management of edge devices to increase grid operational efficiency

    • Interoperability via DI allows for more effective integration of different hardware and software vendors

  • Enables new business models and use cases

    • Quantification and realization of stacked benefits

    • Reduced cost of energy storage due to operational optimization

    • New services such as Direct Current service is enabled through integrating advanced power electronics assets

  • Distributed intelligence can complement existing centralized systems to support distributed energy resource (DER) penetration

    • Advanced distribution planning

    • Accelerated interconnection processes

    • Allows for an orderly transition to enhanced distributed operations

  • The DI-enabled OpenDSP platform can ultimately replace many existing operational systems