Microgrid control systems

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General information

Name of companyMicrogrid Encorp
Website of companywww.encorp.com
Name of productEgility Control Platform
Product is hardware and/or software-platformhardware & software platform
Product standardized or project-specific?project-specific
Distribution in which countries?worldwide
Unique selling proposition of the product400+ project 30-year experince global base and $65M Gold Box investment which led to the development of Egility Control Platform. Easily scalable and modular solutions with unique technical capabilities

Services of the company

Company produces microgrid control hardwareyes
Company programs microgrid control softwareyes
Company provides system integration of microgrid control hardware and softwareyes
Company provides EPC services for microgrid projectsyes
Company provides operations and maintenance of microgridsyes

Scope of control system

Central monitoring and control unit (Hardware)yes
Control unit is standalone product or integrated into other device (if latter, which device?)Standalone
Other hardware components (e.g. smart meters, sensors, switches, domestic appliances, …)YES (Multiple Connection Capability
Software-Platform for monitoring and control of the microgridyes
Software-Platform is a cloud solution or installed on own server or computer?both is possible
Software compatible with third party hardware?yes
Hardware compatible with third party software?yes
Monitoring and/or control of microgrid via smartphone app?no

Microgrid layout

Which customers is the product aimed at? (e.g. residential, commercial, industrial, community, campus, military, …)hospitals, commercial, industrial, community, campus, military
Focus on offgrid, grid-connected or mobile microgrids?grid-connected
How many kilowatts of installed generating power can be integrated? (FROM - TO)50 kW - 500 MW
How many different generators can be integrated?unlimitted
AC bus systemyes
DC bus systemopt.
Hybrid AC and DC bus systemopt.
Which control strategy is used to run the microgrid? (e.g. central control, master/slave control, distributed control, …)Distributed Control Architecture
Which components are needed for grid forming in islanding operation? (e.g. battery, diesel generator, …)variable
Can the system be retrofitted to existing energy system assets?yes
Can the system be expanded modularly after initial commissioning?yes


Supported communication protocols (e.g. Modbus TCP, Sunspec, KNX, Zigbee, …)
Supported communication interfaces (e.g. RS485, Ethernet, Wireless LAN, analog inputs an outputs, …)
Connectable generators (e.g. solar PV, wind turbines, CHP, diesel generators, fuel cells, hydro power plants, …)
Connectable storage systems (e.g. batteries [lead, lithium, redox flow, …], flywheels, heat storage, …)
Connectable loads (e.g. heat pumps, heating boilers, charging stations for e-mobility, refrigerators, …)
What components/brands can be integrated 'plug & play'?Varies
What components/brands have to be integrated manually?Varies
How are components integrated manually? (e.g. connection boxes, command-line interface, ...)Phsyical connection then software driver configuration
Software-Platform has graphical user interface for integration and configuration of external devices?yes
Software-Platform has graphical user interface for programming energy management options?yes
Communication between control system and energy system assets is wired or wireless?both
SCADA integration possible?yes
Other options to connect the microgrid to a higher-level distribution grid (e.g. smart meter gateway, CLS-interface, ...)yes
Can smart home systems be integrated into the microgrid?yes
Is the data encrypted during data transfer? If so, how?multiple options available
How is the system protected against threats from outside?multiple options available. Lowest would be hardened network. Highest level would be mutliple layers of hardware and software security as required.
How are firmware updates realized?Patches


Grid conntected operationyes
Islanding operationyes
Automated transition from islanding to grid-connected mode and backyes
Time required for transition from grid-connected to islanded mode (in seconds)variable
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)yes
Operation is also possible without connection to the internetin grid connected and islanding mode
Operation is also possible without connection to control room of higher-level distribution system operator (DSO)in grid connected and islanding mode
Asset control of distributed energy resourcesyes
Load management defining curtailable loads and priority loads
Automated dispatch control and optimizationyes
Automated Re-dispatching in response to external orders or unplaned internal eventsyes
Internal voltage and frequency regulation in islanding modeyes
Real time active and reactive power controlyes
Control of power exchange and voltage levels at point of interconnectionyes
Aggregated ramp rate control at point of interconnectionyes
Phase balancing between different AC phasesno
Black start capabilityyes

Energy management options

Increase in self consumptionyes
Increase of self-sufficiencyyes
Peak Shavingyes
Charging of electric vehiclesyes
Energy management of thermal energy assets? (e.g. heat pumps, thermal storage, ...)yes
Backup poweryes
Zero feed-inyes
Ancillary services for public grid (e.g. frequency regulation, reactive power control, …)hz, kvar, real power
Consideration of weather forecastsyes
Consideration of energy load predictionsyes
Consideration of changing energy prices on the energy marketyes
Use of AI or self-lernings algorithmsopt.
Blockchain based billing and/or pay as you go solutionno
Participation in the energy marketyes

Price indication

Hardware: One-time acquisition costs for central control unit (without VAT) FROM - TO (approx. retail price in Euro)project specific
Hardware: Monthly maintenance costs for central control unit (without VAT) FROM - TO (approx. retail price in Euro)project specific
Hardware: Costs for other necessary system components? (e.g. smart meters, switches, …)project specific
Software: One-time acquisition costs (without VAT) FROM - TO (approx. retail price in Euro)project specific
Software: Monthly maintenance costs (without VAT) FROM - TO (approx. retail price in Euro)project specific
Are there renting or leasing options? If so, what are those options?no
Price information availableno

Best practice project

Information on reference projects availableyes
Best practice project - ongrid1. Maui Brewing Company, see attached Press Release and 2. E.ON LES Microgrid Located in Simris, Sweden. Islanded microgrid for a small community in Southern Sweden. This is the first energy island in Scandanevia. Microgrid consists of solar, wind, battery and diesel generation. Project was commissioined in August 2018. The project is supported by the EU innovation project Horizon2020 and their InterFlex programme. The project has cost approximately 35 million SEK, whereof E.ON has funded 50 percent. Projects is among 2019 Award finalists for the EU Sustainable Energy Awards' competition. Live project operation can be seen here: https://les.eon.se/
Best practice project - offgridSingita Lodge, South Africe. Offgrid Microgrid consists of solar, battery and diesel generation. Objective of the project is to ensure power availability to he load while maximizing the PV as source of energy, thus minimizing diesel usage. The contorl system orchestrates the PV, BESS and diesel generators to best obtain project goals. System commissioing was in March 2017

Data update

Data updateNov 2019

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