3DFS has not yet worked with solar developers to incorporate Software-Defined Electricity within solar projects, so cannot speculate on the costs and prices. SDE will eventually be integrated into products for all DER project developers. There are a number of ways that will likely unfold:
SDE Embedded in DER Power Network
This is likely to be the first implementation of 3DFS Technology in DER projects. The installation of 3DFS products is fast, non-invasive and will instantly improve the power output of the DER. It will also result in a much more stabilized DER power network and eliminate the reactive power and voltage fluctuation problems (caused by the inverters) from affecting the grid.
We have temporarily installed SDE in a few solar networks as described and have so far seen an average increase in the power output of 12-18%
SDE Improving Grid Interconnection
The incorporation of SDE into DER projects will quickly work up to the grid interconnection level. The grid interconnection process of DER projects is highly regulated and quite cumbersome. Ensuring that the connection begins at the exact right time is crucial for the stability of the main grid and the safety of everybody involved as well as the assets being brought online. This requires a lot of coordinated efforts between many different groups of people.
When SDE is incorporated at the interconnection point, commissioning is as simple as flipping the switch on connection. The system is oversampling the entire environment and will seamlessly interconnect with ideal efficiency and safety every single time. This is a clear example of why embedded intelligence in power networks is critical for our grid.
This function will significantly reduce the cost and hazards related to commissioning new DER projects, or any project that is coming online.
SDE for AC/DC Conversion
SDE converts back and forth between AC/DC with less than 2% losses, which is significantly more efficient than the existing inverters which start out at about 40% losses. SDE can be embedded into a new line of ultra efficient inverters, which are 98% efficient and provide flawless power without any reactive power of voltage destabilization challenges. The increase in energy output will be substantial, projected to be 25%+
SDE on Energy Storage
SDE when installed in the power network with third party batteries operating will improve the performance and stability of those batteries, no matter the brand or chemistry. In this context, the batteries are either supplying or demanding power at any given microsecond in the power network, so in the normal course of synchronization of the electricity by SDE, batteries in the network benefit with a minor, but noticeable increase in cycle life, faster rates of charging and discharging and deeper cycle depths.
SDE when directly managing batteries maximizes the performance of each individual battery pack based on its true, manufactured potential. It will nearly double the number of charge cycles as well as the rate and depth of charging and discharging all while increasing the stability of the entire energy storage system.
SDE in combination with the direct renewable connection to SDE energy storage will maximize the energy output of a DER, minimize the losses during generation, conversion, storage and distribution and perfectly control the timing of everything.
Software-Defined Electricity delivers the highest potential output at the highest possible efficiency for the given design and assets, every time.
SDE on Transactive Energy
The level of control and efficiency offered by 3DFS Technology significantly widens the spectrum of possibilities related to transactive energy. The embedded computing provides a layer of reporting data that is ideal for categorizing everything from power generated to power used to power lost, and can be easily incorporated into blockchain applications with a simple API.