Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. leaving more than 6 million without power for an extended period of time. While the ravages of the storm were nearly as brutal as those of Katrina seven years before, there were also lessons learned from Katrina the paid off during the storm and kept some facilities powered up. Varying forms of microgrids established at numerous locations proved to be invaluable in keeping facilities running as usual and individuals safe. For example, New York University’s co-generation system kept the campus up and running for days, as did Princeton University’s 40-megawatt co-gen facility that kept an entire multi-purpose complex of buildings, garages, homes and shopping facilities up and running as usual. But these examples only touch on part of what the true capabilities of a next-gen microgrid are.
At Blue Pillar, we’ve created an Energy IoT platform that enables a more diverse asset portfolio within today’s modern microgrid; one that doesn’t limit microgrids to back-up generation. Our Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform helps minimize roadblocks that prevent successful deployments of extended microgrids by treating every Energy Thing™ equally, and connecting any “thing” into a single platform, regardless of the make, model, vintage or type. Aurora is based on a truly open, multi-asset, multi-protocol, multi-application IT platform that allows us to connect energy assets faster and more affordably. It is this flexibility that helped us become ranked #1 by Navigant as a leader in microgrid portfolios.
When it comes to microgrid enablement, our value lies in the ability to embrace complexity, study it, understand it and develop an integrated solution that puts customers in control of their energy. So, when a major Energy Service Provider approached Blue Pillar to enable a struggling microgrid project at a large C&I customer, we were ready to accept the challenge. Where they had struggled with behind-the-meter connectivity and control issues, Aurora’s open and interoperable platform was able to auto-prescribe the right behind-the-meter energy network and get the project back on track and delivered ahead of the projected completion date.Tune back in for Part 2 of this blog series where we will review project details and specific connectivity challenges that were resolved to get this microgrid project back on track. Can’t wait? Watch this short video on how Blue Pillar’s Aurora works to connect all types of DERs.