On Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 Introspective Systems LLC. was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research project “Fractal Graph Framework for an Evolving Grid Architecture” for $986,802. Using Brunswick Landings Renewable Energy Center 4 MW Microgrid as a test-bed the project further develops the grid architecture and control algorithms for a new grid management technology based on edge intelligence.
The objective of this phase is to confirm the dynamic stability of managing a microgrid (a small self contained energy system with demand, supply and control) using highly granular real-time pricing signals balancing demand and supply while keeping system engineering requirements within acceptable tolerances. The technology developed uses market-based economic principals and artificial intelligence within Introspective Systems patented xGraph micro-services edge computer architecture that was specially modified for the grid application.
The AI algorithms in gateways distributed throughout the Brunswick Landing microgrid develop a well-defined set of buy/sell pricing signals and transmit those signals to edge devices in the level below. The edge devices use locally and temporally learned intelligent algorithms to control their own operations deciding on when it is most advantageous to consume or supply power to the greater grid. The system control is thus distributed to the very edge of the electrical grid rather than current control schemes that rely on top-down approaches that are computationally inefficient and have potential cyber-security risks. The overall control concept is called “grid edge intelligence”.Tweet