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The Microgrid Communication and Control Testbed re-architects the power grid system into a series of distributed microgrids that control smaller areas and support load, generation, and storage. Microgrids will operate independently from the main grid but will still interact with existing infrastructure.
he goal of the Microgrid Communication and Control Testbed is to prove the viability of a real-time, secure databus to faciliate machine-to-machine, machine-to-control center, and machine-to-cloud data communications. It will combine distributed, edge-located processing and control applications with intelligent analytics. It will run in real-world power applications and interface with practical equipment.

Three Industrial Internet Consortium member organizations will be lending their expertise to this project: Real-Time Innovations (RTI) is providing the real-time databus software using their DDS standard based RTI Connext communication platform for IIoT; National Instruments is providing the intelligent nodes for edge control and analytics based on their CompactRIO and Grid Automation Systems; and Cisco is providing network equipment and security expertise using their Connected Grid Router. They will also be collaborating with Duke Energy and the Standard Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) to ensure a coordinated, accepted architecture.

The testbed is unfolding in three phases. In April 2015, Phase One commenced as a proof-of-concept that ensures basic security and performance. Phase Two - slated for 2016 - will demonstrate the scalability of the Microgrid Communication and Control Framework in a simulated environment. The final phase will demonstrate the testbed in a real-world situation. The first two phases will take place in Westminster, California at Southern California Edison's Controls Lab. The field deployment test will take place at CPS Energy's "Grid-of-the-Future" microgrid test area in San Antonio, Texas.

Member Participants: Real-Time Innovations, National Instruments, Cisco

The microgrid market is expected to grow from USD 19.22 billion in 2017 to USD 39.10 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 11.97% during the forecast period.

Source: Markets and Markets

The global microgrid market is expected to reach USD 17.51 billion by 2025,growing at a CAGR of 17.0%

Source: Grand View Research


The global microgrid market is expected to reach USD 17.51 billion by 2025,growing at a CAGR of 17.0%, according to a new report by Grand View Research.

Source: Grandviewresearch

The global Microgrid Market is set to reach USD 23 billion by 2021.

Source: GlobalData

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