O&M analytics software provider QOS Energy has delivered its energy management system to an R&D project run by French aggregator Sun’R Smart Energy’s examining grid integration of renewables using pumped hydro storage.
The Energy Management System designed by QOS Energy offers the real-time aggregation of data generated from the plants, weather data, market prices and the energy storage units’ behaviour into one single data hub. Short-term production and price forecast models, have also been created for the projecty knwon as 'SunHydrO'. The aim is to increase the flexibility and value of the energy system for the electricity market.
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Jean-Yves Bellet, VP and CTO of QOS Energy, said: “QOS Energy has largely capitalised on this project to develop additional capabilities with regards to energy storage. Our cloud-based O&M analytics platform can cope with the complex requirements brought by the combination of storage units with renewable energy plants. Markets are still at the beginning of the storage revolution. We believe at QOS Energy that open and flexible data management systems and storage technology will be a requisite to facilitate the large-scale integration of renewable energy into the grid.”
Australian power firm Genex recently completed a study showing it is technically feasible to connect a pumped hydro storage facility with its 50MW(ac) Kidston Solar Project in North Queensland, Australia.