NI, the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve engineering challenges, announced a technology collaboration with Innovari to help utility companies around the world improve system utilization, manage distributed energy resources and foster relationships between customers, local communities and regulators.
Innovari’s Interactive Energy Platform (IEP) uses artificial intelligence, “big data” analytics, proprietary optimization routines and grid-edge hardware built on NI technology to deliver capacity and address grid demand. Utility companies and commercial utility customers (retail chains, grocery stores, universities and more) have benefited from deployed systems, including:
Innovari’s grid-edge hardware, called Energy Agents, attaches to participant buildings to deliver two-way communication of energy information back to the utility and balance edge-of-grid resources for an optimized grid. The agents are designed with CompactRIO Single-Board Controllers and LabVIEW software for distributed sensing and control.
“We were originally attracted to NI because of the company reputation as a market leader in data acquisition technology,” said Corey Catten, chief technology officer at Innovari. “We chose CompactRIO Single-Board Controllers because we could get to market faster than with other options while maximizing the data processing capability per dollar spent. The end result is a system that not only helps utilities and their customers lower energy costs, but one that has eliminated millions of dollars’ worth of fossil fuels that otherwise would have been burned to support grid operations.”