AEP, Utilidata to develop grid applications
Utilidata has deployed its existing AdaptiVolt voltage optimization products in a number of AEP territories
Providence, R.I., October 10, 2012 — Utilidata, Inc. entered into an agreement with American Electric Power (AEP) advance grid side applications that will be built on Utilidata's innovative digital technology platform.
This research and development agreement will accelerate the application of digital control technologies to high value smart grid solutions. Utilidata has deployed its existing AdaptiVolt voltage optimization products in a number of AEP territories.
As part of the research and development collaboration, technical and commercial leaders from AEP will support the product development work being done at Utilidata's newly commissioned smart grid simulation and research center in Providence, Rhode Island.
The new Utilidata facility is designed to support the testing of current and future digital control technologies that will deliver superior volt/VAR optimization, peak demand reduction and conservation voltage reduction in an environment that can simulate real-world conditions on the electric grid.
The collaborative approach will entail looking at new areas where digital signal processing could improve utility operations, including fault indication and integration of distributed generation, electric vehicles on the distribution system.