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Feasibility of Remote Monitoring and Control for Universal Interconnect Device(ST8618-1)

Connected Energy Corp.


Distributed generation (DG) systems are sensitive to electric power disturbances from the utility grid, and therefore require continuous monitoring and control by local and remote operators. The interconnection of DG systems with the utility grid is usually a custom engineering project to assemble and install numerous components to support the DG system, and to satisfy the requirements of the local utility. DG systems capable of remote monitoring and control are valuable assets for utility and area operators. Unfortunately, the lack of standardized communication protocols and physical connection for DG systems often make it impractical for utilities and area operators to gain access to these assets.

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Project Description

The proposed universal interconnect device (UID) could significantly attenuate electric supply issues. Connected Energy Corp. has developed patented hardware and software for remote real-time monitoring, command, and control of DG resources. The company has a NYSERDA contract for the remote monitoring of several DG installations in New York State.


The UID can simplify a DG system to utility service interconnection, dramatically enhancing the operating reliability of DG systems in the event of utility service interruptions, deliver real and reactive power, and deliver the DG system as a remote asset to the local utility, electric power market operator, and control area operator. The technology can reduce DG system reliability-related costs, avoid new central generation capacity costs, and increase revenue from renewables’ capacity creation.

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Connected Energy Corp.
4 Commercial St Ste 400
Rochester, NY 14614

Principle Investigator

Vince Frisina

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Energy Power Supply

NYSERDA Contact Information

James Foster


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST8618-1

Last Updated: 12/16/2013