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RTS announces AMIGO network management software for microgrid control

RTS announces AMIGO network management software for microgrid control

April 12, 2017 - At Hannover Messe, intelligent software provider RTSoft will be presenting AMIGO (Advanced Microgrid Optimization), a vendor-independent network management software for the automatic control of individual microgrids in medium and low voltage structures. A focus of RTSoft’s presentation at the joint stand of the Bavarian Energy Technology Cluster (Cluster Energietechnik) lies on the optimization of microgrid operation in industrial enterprises. In the industrial microgrid showcase visitors can change settings of the virtual microgrid via AMIGO’s SCADA interface and see how simulation changes according to the selected scenario.

AMIGO’s control algorithms are used wherever energy is generated, stored, distributed and consumed locally as an addition to the standard feed-in from high and extra high-voltage grids. Applications can be found wherever microgrids are emerging today – from e-mobility charging stations, and facilities with combined photovoltaic installations and block heating power plants to public utilities supplying conurbations or large rural areas

RTSoft AMIGO monitors, controls and manages low and medium voltage microgrids (from 1kV to 60kV) autonomously and without human intervention. It coordinates, among other things, distributed energy resources and storage systems, reactive power controllers (Volt-VAR controllers), and demand response units.

RTSoft AMIGO provides configurable logic for rule-based, automatic control of all local heterogeneous resources and consumers. AMIGO has a modular design and an open system architecture without vendor restrictions.

Because AMIGO is designed for microgrid control of entire cities, the intelligent network management software can control multiple substation microgrids ­ including Volt-VAR control as well as FLISR (Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration) functions. Likewise, aggregators of distributed energy resources can profit from the use of AMIGO and maintain virtual power plants. Island systems without connection to a public power grid are also possible.

The management and control software AMIGO runs on central servers or remote controllers in the microgrid. The smart AMIGO SCADA server connects generators, energy storage, uninterruptible power supplies, smart meters and other microgrid peripherals via common remote sensing protocols such as IEC 61850 and IEC 870-5-1-101 / 103/104 or OPC and MODBUS. The core modules of the AMIGO microgrid control system include AGC (Automatic Generation Control) and V/VC (Automatic Voltage and Reactive Power Control) modules as well as numerous modules for planning, analysing and optimizing resource usage, load flow and connection to superordinate electric power transmission networks as well as self-diagnostics.

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