AI takes control of Auckland’s power grid, that’s not scary at all
This is an old piece actually but it is pretty interesting, nonetheless. I'd posted about artificial intelligence firms working with established grid companies earlier. In that case, a UK-based provider was managing "small, diverse loads" by aggregating information from the supply and demand sides. mDERMS, the system discussed in the link, gathers and analyses Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) like solar panels, energy batteries, electric vehicles (EVs), and integrates them into one platform that can be managed by Vector to optimise this complex energy system for the end-consumers. Of course, a key difference is the load amount which, in turn, is determined by DERs. While renewable energy was responsible for 40% of overall power in 2016, solar power contributed just 0.5% of the overall energy mix. Electric vehicles and battery storage are also a relatively small part of New Zealand's overall energy supply. I am guessing then that this experient is similar to the small and diverse loads for the UK experiment and has a fairly small footprint within the context of overall grid capabilities.
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