pdvWireless Forms Advisory Board for NREL Partnership
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | Comments

pdvWireless formed an industry advisory board (IAB) as a part of the company's ongoing project with the Department of Energy' (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The DOE awarded the project "high-impact" status, which is given to projects that look to accelerate innovation in the private sector and develop scalable technologies that satisfy the goals of the U.S. DOE Grid Modernization Initiative.

In February, pdvWireless and NREL partnered to analyze the performance of private Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks and accelerate the development and validation of approaches to enhance the resilience of distribution systems, including microgrids, with high penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs).

The board is comprised of six utilities that provide service across 18 states, as well as former DOE Chief Technology Officer Pete Tseronis. The six utility members of the IAB include Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, Evergy, Eversource Energy, Holy Cross Energy and Xcel Energy. The newly formed board, together with members of PDV and NREL, held its first discussion earlier this month during a planning workshop for the project.

The two groups’ analysis will be conducted at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado. As an independent team of industry experts, the IAB will provide critical utility insight and advice on the study and will share guidance on use case selection. IAB members will also help define test scenarios that reflect the respective member's environment, as well as have full involvement in planned laboratory demonstrations of the combined LTE network and testbed system at the ESIF.

"The insights and guidance from the members of the Industry Advisory Board will play an important role in simulating and evaluating the performance of telecommunications in the specific use cases that this project hopes to validate," said Barry Mather, group manager of integrated devices and systems at NREL. "We look forward to working with PDV and the IAB in understanding the full potential of benefits that private LTE networks bring to advanced energy management systems.”

NREL and PDV are expected to present initial outcomes from the project with the DOE during a meeting scheduled for September.

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