GRID ARCHITECTURE ARTICLE 1: Energy Platforms Are Key To The Future of The Energy Grid

“A platform is a stable collection of components that provide fundamental or commonly-needed capabilities and services to a variable set of uses or applications through well-defined interoperable interfaces. . .  Energy Platforms will be an inevitable feature of the future Grid “Jeff Taft creator of the Grid Architecture Methodology

FOREWARD:  David, Eamonn, and Stuart recently completed Grid Architecture training from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and are providing this series of articles to share some of that learning and to provoke some thought on how it might be applied within readers’ organizations.  We also mix a bit of our own thinking from our EnergyIoT Reference Architecture series that was published in 2019.  We thank Dr. Jeff Taft, Dr. Ron Melton, and the other class members for their enthusiasm, knowledge, and genuinely GOOD INTENTIONS for the electric power industry.

We recognize that “big change” is ahead in how we architect a distributed grid.  The collaboration of Stuart McCafferty (GridIntellect), Eamonn McCormick (Utilicast), and David Forfia (Utilicast) has led us to this next architecture series of architecture-focused articles.  We start off with this first article on platforms because of our previous platform EnergyIoT article series and as an introduction to the common thinking that DOE’s Grid Architecture has with that series.  After this first article, we will deep dive more into the specifics of DOE’s thought leadership and the “Grid Architecture” methodology.

Manon van Beek, CEO of TenneT (Netherlands and Germany), “With this platform, data can be exchanged between the devices, market players and grid operators. This means that everyone will soon be able to help realise the energy transition, and also benefit financially from it.” – upon the announcement that the EU is developing a blockchain energy platform.

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