How an Energy Control Center Works
Think of the ECC as the ”brains" behind the operation. Real-time load and source data is collected and analyzed in order to make real time autonomous decisions that optimize the site's energy consumption. The ECC uses advanced algorithms to assess available power sources and their condition, as well as analyze load priority and energy requirements to determine when and what DERs to engage. The ECC has the ability to make critical decisions, and physically make adjustments to power sources and loads to ensure energy reliability.
Currently, most installed solar PV systems cannot operate during a grid outage; however, solar PV systems connected to the ECC are able to provide power when paired with another DER that is a grid forming anchor resource.
Loads are prioritized as either Critical, Essential or Standard. During power interruptions, or periods of peak demand, additional DERs may be brought online or standard loads may be shed.
- commercial buildings
- medical facilities
- schools & universities
- indoor agriculture
- military bases
- emergency response facilities
- retail ...and more