SunTech Drive has announced a new collaboration with both Stanford University and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), the company said.
The project is tied to the Department of Energy´s NODES (Networks of Distributed Energy Systems) initiative. The objective is to coordinate and control consumer loads and distributed energy resources (DERs) out to the absolute edge of the grid. SunTech Drive´s Pico family of universal variable speed motor controllers will be the end nodes driving each of the individual loads, upgrading installed systems to “smart” loads.
SunTech´s products offer full Internet-of-Things and solar ready variable frequency drives that will work with any electric motor regardless of voltage, frequency or phase. These universal motor controllers also support multiple analog and digital sensors making every motor an intelligent distributed energy end node. These products are deployed around the globe in applications including livestock cooling, water pumping and oil and gas installations.
The project will also involve developing mechanisms for electric utilities to interact with individual loads using metadata schemas for both demand reduction and diversion load control.
SunTech Drive develops and manufactures advanced power electronics and provides turnkey smart nanogrids in a variety of industries including oil & gas, agriculture, aquaculture and waste water treatment.