HNEI recently demonstrated its Advanced Real-time Grid Energy Monitor System (ARGEMS) for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, and Arizona State University. The system has reached a level of development where it is now being shared with external organizations. Previous deployments have been in one of the Project Frog buildings on the University of Hawai‘i campus and as a part of HNEI’s conservation voltage reduction project in Okinawa Japan.
HNEI Assistant Researcher, Kevin Davies, presented and demonstrated ARGEMS to the Alaska Center for Energy and Power on July 17 (see ACEP announcement) and the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative on July 22. The main objective of these ongoing discussions is to explore how the system could be used to monitor the performance of electric grids in remote Alaskan villages. In June, HNEI delivered its second unit to Arizona State University under the Distributed Electrical Architectures from Circuits to Systems project funded by the Office of Naval Research’s Defense University Research-to-Adoption program. HNEI and ASU have begun to use ARGEMS to demonstrate distributed voltage control using power electronic inverters such as those for rooftop photovoltaics.
More information can be found at the ARGEMS project page and Alaska Center for Energy and Power’s press release.