The contract forms part of the Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Smart Grid Program, which is funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Delivered in collaboration with partners, NYU Poly and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, the project will investigate how distributed energy resources (DER), including microgrids, can be integrated by Con Edison to increase resilience.

Smarter Grid Solutions chief technology officer and co-founder Dr Bob Currie said the company will bring a great deal of experience in the creation and management of smart grids to New York’s developing smart grid and microgrid activities.

”Our Active Network Management approach has been deployed extensively in Europe, allowing power companies and utilities to create more resilient and cost effective power grids in challenging conditions,” Currie added.

Specifically, the project will focus on grid analysis and collection of stakeholder input to create recommendations on how power systems technologies, including active network management, can be used for creation of future smart grid and smart city infrastructure through the facilitation of microgrids.