Enphase Energy Integrates with deX to enable Smart Grid Functions
Australian energy-tech company GreenSync, together with Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH), a leading global manufacturer of smart solar microinverters and AC batteries have announced today Enphase technology is now integrated with the Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX), GreenSync’s market-enabling software platform that is designed to connect and coordinate millions of distributed energy resources (DER).
The integration allows Enphase customers to support development of and participate in grid services to more effectively balance the supply and demand of electricity, making supply more secure and enabling the continued growth of household solar within Australia’s energy mix.
“Not only are we delivering even greater value to Enphase system owners by improving their return on investment, we are also contributing to a smarter, better managed electricity grid. “
Wilf Johnston, Asia-Pacific managing director at Enphase Energy said, “Enphase customers want to be part of the solution here in Australia, and we have the smart technology to make this possible.
“This program with deX demonstrates the capability of smart DER technology. By working with deX, we can provide data and behavioural insights that Australian grid operators need right now to meet the challenges of the rapid penetration of residential rooftop solar.”
During a two-week pilot for asset enrolment, Enphase customers across South Australia and Victoria registered their system with deX. These customers have seamlessly connected to deX and, with their consent, enabled near-instant visibility of their system to the appropriate grid operators and a path to participate in future grid services.
Following the success of this pilot, which saw a 20 per cent participation rate, Enphase customers in Tasmania and in Western Australia will also get the chance to participate in deX which GreenSync sees as a turn-key solution to high volume renewable grids in the near and long term.
Head of Customers at GreenSync, Mr Bruce Thompson said, “We are excited by the customer response to this pilot with Enphase. This announcement shows that customers want to be part of the solution. Working with leading global and local technology companies like Enphase, we can enable pathways for customers to participate to not just protect the grid, but contribute to emerging markets for demand-side services.”
“By providing better visibility and intelligence to those operating the grid, Enphase Energy hopes to contribute to the easing of restrictions on distributed energy resources such as zero export limits, and the systems tripping from high voltage issues,” said Enphase’s Mr Johnston.
“Not only are we delivering even greater value to Enphase system owners by improving their return on investment, we are also contributing to a smarter, better managed electricity grid. This is a win for all stakeholders and the broader community as we seek to better support the growth of residential rooftop solar resources in Australia.”
“By working with deX, we can provide data and behavioural insights that Australian grid operators need right now to meet the challenges of the rapid penetration of residential rooftop solar.”
In time, Enphase systems registered with deX will have the opportunity to get more value from their energy assets while supporting their local community and the overall electricity system.
The single integration between the deX and Enphase’s application program interfaces (APIs) offers renewable energy manufacturers a simple solution to the task of integrating with multiple networks and technologies.
“Our job as a manufacturer is to sell solar technology. We don’t want to have to integrate with each network’s individual system. With deX, we only need to integrate once and the data from Enphase systems can flow through to deX and be visible to participating networks. This is a smart, simple approach,” said Mr Johnston.