Microgrid control systems

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General information

Name of companyVensys Elektrotechnik
Website of companywww.vensys-elektrotechnik.de
Name of productHYCON Hybrid Converter
Product is hardware and/or software-platformhardware & software platform
Product standardized or project-specific?both
Distribution in which countries?worldwide
Unique selling proposition of the productCompact integration of WIND-PV-STORAGE-GenSet| robust design | VENSYS converter experience: thousandfold well-proven
CommentsOne unit includes all: converter and energy management

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 projectsno
Company provides operations and maintenance of microgridsno
CommentsService and Maintenance available

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?)One unit includes all: converter and energy management
Other hardware components (e.g. smart meters, sensors, switches, domestic appliances, …)On demand
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?yes

Microgrid layout

Which customers is the product aimed at? (e.g. residential, commercial, industrial, community, campus, military, …)All customers demanding more than 100kW
Focus on offgrid, grid-connected or mobile microgrids?Flexible: offgrid, grid-connected or mobile microgrids
How many kilowatts of installed generating power can be integrated? (FROM - TO)150kW|300kW+ Modules – scalable
How many different generators can be integrated?4 Sources/unit - WIND-PV-STORAGE-GenSet
AC bus systemopt.
DC bus systemyes
Hybrid AC and DC bus systemopt.
Which control strategy is used to run the microgrid? (e.g. central control, master/slave control, distributed control, …)Flexible due to application
Which components are needed for grid forming in islanding operation? (e.g. battery, diesel generator, …)Nor need of extra grid forming units
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, …)Modbus and others
Supported communication interfaces (e.g. RS485, Ethernet, Wireless LAN, analog inputs an outputs, …)Flexible due to application
Connectable generators (e.g. solar PV, wind turbines, CHP, diesel generators, fuel cells, hydro power plants, …)All: Flexible due to application
Connectable storage systems (e.g. batteries [lead, lithium, redox flow, …], flywheels, heat storage, …)All: Flexible due to application
Connectable loads (e.g. heat pumps, heating boilers, charging stations for e-mobility, refrigerators, …)All: Flexible due to application
What components/brands can be integrated 'plug & play'?Basically all after set-up of customizing
What components/brands have to be integrated manually?Basically all for set-up of (first) customizing
How are components integrated manually? (e.g. connection boxes, command-line interface, ...)Wires + Software Set-Up
Software-Platform has graphical user interface for integration and configuration of external devices?opt.
Software-Platform has graphical user interface for programming energy management options?opt.
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, ...)Flexible due to application
Can smart home systems be integrated into the microgrid?opt.
Is the data encrypted during data transfer? If so, how?opt.
How is the system protected against threats from outside?Outdoor-Housing: vandalism resistant
How are firmware updates realized? wired or wireless


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)Depending on integrated components and parameters Depending on integrated components and parameters
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)no
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 loadsyes
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 phasesyes
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, …)opt.
Consideration of weather forecastsopt.
Consideration of energy load predictionsopt.
Consideration of changing energy prices on the energy marketopt.
Use of AI or self-lernings algorithmsopt.
Blockchain based billing and/or pay as you go solutionopt.
Participation in the energy marketopt.

Price indication

Hardware: One-time acquisition costs for central control unit (without VAT) FROM - TO (approx. retail price in Euro)on request
Hardware: Monthly maintenance costs for central control unit (without VAT) FROM - TO (approx. retail price in Euro)on request
Hardware: Costs for other necessary system components? (e.g. smart meters, switches, …)on request
Software: One-time acquisition costs (without VAT) FROM - TO (approx. retail price in Euro)on request
Software: Monthly maintenance costs (without VAT) FROM - TO (approx. retail price in Euro)on request
Are there renting or leasing options? If so, what are those options?on request
CommentsHYCON allows multiple configurations
Price information availableno

Best practice project

Information on reference projects availableyes
Best practice project - ongridCustomers and Authors are invited to visit our factory to see our range of solutions after more than 10-years on grid power management.
Best practice project - offgridReference application of off-grid solution on demand.

Data update

Data updateNov 2019

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