AutoGrid nets ARPA-E funding to scale its digital energy plant administration software program


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AutoGrid received $ 2.25 million in funding from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to expand the scalability and electric vehicle (EV) management of its Flex Virtual Power Plant (VPP) -Improve platform. The extended Flex functions include scaling the real-time co-optimization up to 100,000 assets and expanding the features and functions of the platform for EV fleet management.

AutoGrid is currently supporting the establishment of the world’s largest VPP by asset volume in Japan with its local partner ENERES and is offering its Flex platform for EV fleet owners and electricity suppliers to manage charging station networks.

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“Asset owners and utility companies are facing a greater number and variety of distributed energy resources than ever before. To optimize them, flexible solutions are required that can handle increasingly complex networks, ”said Rahul Kar, General Manager and VP – New Energy at AutoGrid. “The Department of Energy award serves as a key support for our Flex platform and will help further improve our work, increase flexibility and maximize the value streams from storage, renewables, electric vehicles and other distributed assets.”

AutoGrid received this competitive award from ARPA-E as part of the Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Unapped Potential (SCALEUP) program, which builds on ARPA-E’s main focus, scaling transformation and disruptive technologies for the whole Support spectrum of energy applications. This is the second time AutoGrid has received ARPA-E support after receiving $ 3.5 million from the office’s GENI (Green Electricity Network Integration) program in 2012.

With contractually agreed assets of over 5,000 MW and experience in managing distributed energy resources (DERs) in 12 countries, AutoGrid is the world’s leading provider of flexibility management solutions. AutoGrid Flex is number 1 among the virtual power plant platforms in the world according to the global ranking 2020 from the industry-leading research company Guidehouse Insights.

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