Developing Optimal Control Technology for Distributed Energy Resources (DOCTdER)

Period of Performance: 07/31/2017 - 07/30/2019


Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Nhu Energy Inc.
1736 W. Paul Dirac Dr. Array
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Firm POC, Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Florida State University
874 Traditions Way, 3rd Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Institution POC


Maximizing the value proposition for solar and distributed energy resources to consumers requires a more integrated and coordinated approach to utilizing these resources on-site. Commercial solutions are not yet widely available to provide optimal use of combined on-site resources locally, while at the same time optimizing their value to the electric power distribution system as well. Solutions still tend to be very customized and follow very traditional approaches to controlling resources that are very sub- optimal. Further, there is little or no coordination at all with the electric utility as this is very much an emerging area. Approaches used in other fields such as the process industries and aerospace provide powerful techniques for multivariable control problems such as the coordination and optimal control and dispatch of multiple distributed energy resources. In Phase II, the Developing Optimal Control Technology for Distributed Energy Resources (DOCTdER) project will take the optimal control solution, Advanced Optimal Resource Allocation (AORA), add enhanced features and add industrial utility grade features and robustness and test under a range of real use cases in preparation for commercialization. This is a completely new approach compared to what is currently available by the major suppliers to the industry in Distribution Management Systems (DMS) and other products on the utility side, and completely new compared to existing products on the building control and smart buildings side, and, therefore, would have significant potential commercial application licensed as part of integrated solutions by others or fully developed into an integrated solution that can be productized.