Managing Distribution System Resources for Improved Service Quality and Reliability, Transmission Congestion Relief, and Grid Support Functions (2008 – 2014): This multi-year research project is to develop and validate the use of smart grid technology to reduce peak demand and facilitate the integration of intermittent renewable technologies. The project includes the recruitment of residential utility customer volunteers in south Maui and the development and integration of advanced utility infrastructure with intelligent hardware and software systems. For a summary of this project, click here .
Development and Demonstration of Smart Grid Inverters for High-Penetration PV Applications (2011 – 2015): This HNEI led multi-year research project will integrate grid management functionality software and standards-based communications hardware and software to create a “smart grid inverter.” Through modeling, development, testing, and deployment, the project aims to demonstrate the ability of the smart grid inverters to mitigate grid reliability impacts resulting from high-penetrations of distributed PV systems. Key partners in this project include utilities HECO, MECO and PHI, technology providers Fronius, Silver Spring Networks and Hitachi, and community volunteers and stakeholders.