Microgrid control systems

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General information

Name of companyBachmann electronic
Website of companywww.bachmann.info
Name of productSmart Powerplant Controller
Product is hardware and/or software-platformhardware & software platform
Product standardized or project-specific?standardized
Distribution in which countries?worldwide
Unique selling proposition of the productVDE AR N 4110:2018 certificated

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 microgridsno

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?)both, Bachmann M1
Other hardware components (e.g. smart meters, sensors, switches, domestic appliances, …)Grid measument modules integrated
Software-Platform for monitoring and control of the microgridyes
Software-Platform is a cloud solution or installed on own server or computer?installed on own server or computer
Software compatible with third party hardware?no
Hardware compatible with third party software?no
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, …)industrial
Focus on offgrid, grid-connected or mobile microgrids?offgrid and Grid connected
How many kilowatts of installed generating power can be integrated? (FROM - TO)unlimited
How many different generators can be integrated?unlimited
AC bus systemplease select
DC bus systemplease select
Hybrid AC and DC bus systemplease select
Which control strategy is used to run the microgrid? (e.g. central control, master/slave control, distributed control, …)distributed and central control
Which components are needed for grid forming in islanding operation? (e.g. battery, diesel generator, …)These components are selected by our customers
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 RTU, Modbus TCP, Profinet, Profibus, CAN, CANopen,
Supported communication interfaces (e.g. RS485, Ethernet, Wireless LAN, analog inputs an outputs, …)analog and digital Inputs and outputs, Ethernet
Connectable generators (e.g. solar PV, wind turbines, CHP, diesel generators, fuel cells, hydro power plants, …)all kind of power plants
Connectable storage systems (e.g. batteries [lead, lithium, redox flow, …], flywheels, heat storage, …)all kind of Storage systems
Connectable loads (e.g. heat pumps, heating boilers, charging stations for e-mobility, refrigerators, …)
What components/brands can be integrated 'plug & play'?
What components/brands have to be integrated manually?all kind of component/brands
How are components integrated manually? (e.g. connection boxes, command-line interface, ...)direct on the PLC or DI/DO/AI/AO
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, ...)all standardized communication
Can smart home systems be integrated into the microgrid?no
Is the data encrypted during data transfer? If so, how?
How is the system protected against threats from outside?
How are firmware updates realized?


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)
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 consumptionno
Increase of self-sufficiencyno
Peak Shavingyes
Charging of electric vehiclesno
Energy management of thermal energy assets? (e.g. heat pumps, thermal storage, ...)no
Backup powerno
Zero feed-inno
Ancillary services for public grid (e.g. frequency regulation, reactive power control, …)yes
Consideration of weather forecastsno
Consideration of energy load predictionsyes
Consideration of changing energy prices on the energy marketyes
Use of AI or self-lernings algorithmsno
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)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
Price information availableno

Best practice project

Information on reference projects availableyes
Best practice project - ongridhttps://www.bachmann.info/en/company/news/details/861-zertifizierter-energieparkregler-xxl/d8d3581ed4d8daa9bb85cd6144da5b88/
Best practice project - offgridhttps://www.bachmann.info/en/company/news/details/861-zertifizierter-energieparkregler-xxl/d8d3581ed4d8daa9bb85cd6144da5b88/

Data update

Data updateNov 2019

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