NREL has joined forces with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop a plug-and-play technology that will result in newly connected solar generation being automatically "discovered" and configured by the main generation control system. NREL will perform a review of communications protocols to identify important protocols that the plug-and-play solar microgrid controller must be compatible with. CSIRO will also collaborate with multinational engineering firm ABB on the project.
NREL will perform prototype testing of the microgrid controller in the ESIF to test the hardware's ability to manage the output power of a diesel generator in the presence of a load bank and solar simulator. The effort ultimately aims to simplify the integration, accelerate the deployment, and lower the cost of solar energy in hybrid distributed generation applications using this new plug-and-play solar technology.
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