CSI RD&D

CSI RD&D PROGRAM - CONCLUDED 

The California Solar Initiative's RD&D Program has now concluded after operating since 2008 through 2016. All solicitations and research projects are now complete.

 

 Report 
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 Program overview + Research briefs       

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 Program overview  [13 MB ]

 Research briefs  (high resolution)                     

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For more information on the research projects and resulting reports please review the section below. All completed final reports are also available separately for review and download. 

FINAL REPORTS for completed projects along with individual research briefs can be found here.

 

CSI RD&D Program - Program Evaluation 

 

 Report 
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 Report Summary       

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 Final Report  [3 MB ]

 Appendices           

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Funded Projects

This is a database of projects funded by the CSI RD&D. The project summaries are listed alphabetically below. You may also choose a subset of projects by clicking a keyword, or using the search function.


High Penetration PV Initiative

Current Highlights:
  • Final Project Report. June 2014. PDF (6.5 MB)
  • Final Project Presentation Slides. June 5, 2013. PDF (10 MB)

  • Final Project Presentation Webinar Recording. June 5, 2013. (WMV file, may only play in Internet Explorer, 135 MB)

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 1
Target Area: Grid Integration
Awardee: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Partners:
CSI Funding: $2,073,232
Match Funding: $1,623,859
Start Date: June 2010
End Date: June 2013
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Elaine Sison-Lebrilla
Principal Investigator Email: esison @ smud.org
Principal Investigator Phone: 916-732-7017
Grant Manager Name: Stephan Barsun
Grant Manager Email: stephan.barsun @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3187

Project Summary

In partnership with the Hawaiian Electric Company, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District demonstrated and deployed new methods for understanding PV as a distributed generation resource as well as new hardware and software tools for providing communication and bi-directional flow management throughout the grid. A key task for this project was to develop a software visualization tool to identify high value locations for distributed PV in the distribution system, and to identify problem areas requiring modifications to enable high penetration PV. Additionally, the project team developed and validated PV forecasting tools using high spatial and temporal resolution solar resource monitoring. The tools were tested at residential, commercial and utility-scale deployments in California and Hawaii.

 

Deliverables and Documents

Reports:

 

  • Final Report: High Penetration Photovoltaic Initiative. Sacramento Municipal Utility District. June 2014.  PDF (6.5 MB)

  • High Penetration PV Project (Hi-PV) Report on Impacts to Transmission and Distribution Grids. Davis, Ron. DNV KEMA. Prepared for SMUD under the CSI RD&D Program. November 10, 2013.  PDF (7 MB)

  • High Penetration PV Initiative: Monitoring Deployment. SMUD/HECO. July 2014.  PDF (1 MB)

  • Deliverable III: The data from all 66 secondary stations and all 5 primary stations are available on line. Please see the attached PDF file for details and instructions.  PDF   (73 KB)

  • Deliverable IV: One year day-ahead forecast of PV production data by FIT site, 1-hour intervals. Please see the attached PDF file for details and instructions. PDF (191 KB)

  • Deliverable VI: Quantify forecast vs. measure error for PV production. PDF (940 KB)

  • Variability of the Solar Resource and Grid Operation Impacts. Aukai, T.(HECO), Chris Barker (BEW), Ron Davis (BEW), Gerd Heilscher (Ulm University), Dora Nakafuji (HECO), and Emma Stewart (BEW). PDF (893 KB)

  • HIP-PV Task 4: Visualization of High Penetration PV Final Report. Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD) and D.Y. Nakafuju (HECO). July 2013. PDF (3.5 MB)

  • Smart Inverter Advanced Metering Infrastructure Integration Using Smart Energy Profile. Technical Update (1026515). Aumaugher. G. (EPRI Project Lead). SMUD. May 2013. PDF (1 MB)

  • High Penetration PV Initiative: 5km Irradiance Monitoring Network (Task 5). Bing, J. (NEO Virtus Eng.). SMUD. 2011. PDF (635 KB)

  • High Penetration PV Initiative: Base Line Modeling on Sacramento Municipal Utilities District and Hawaiian Electric Companies Systems. 2011 Report. Davis, Ron, DNV-KEMA. July 2013. PDF (2.6 MB)

  • High Penetration PV Initiative: Case Descriptions. PDF (2.5 MB)

  • Large Scale Ground Truth Database for Irradiance Forecast Validation. PDF (292 KB)

  • High Penetration PV Initiative: PV Monitoring and Production Forecasting. Bing, J. (NEO Virtus Eng.) SMUD. 2013. PDF (2.6 KB)

  • High Penetration PV Initiative: Smart Inverter Advanced Metering Infrastructure Integration Using Smart Energy Profile. Aumaugher, G. (EPRI) SMUD. 2013. PDF (1.9 KB)

  • High Penetration PV Initiative: Visualization of High Penetration PV. Nakafuji, D. (HECO) SMUD. 2013. PDF (3.8 KB)

Presentations:

  • Initial Project Presentation. July 22, 2010.  PDF (902 KB)

  • Final Project Presentation Slides. June 5, 2013. PDF (10 MB)

  • Final Project Presentation Webinar Recording. June 5, 2013. (135 MB)

     

 

 

  • CSI RD&D Project Review-Presented to the CPUC & Itron, April 20, 2012

    • "CPUC CSI RDD#1 High Penetration PV Initiative." PDF Presentation (7.6 MB).  Davis, R. (BEW).

    • "HiP PV Task 3.3 AMI Inverter Communications and Control." PDF Presentation (1.6 MB).  Bartholomy, O. (SMUD).

    • "High Penetration PV Initiative: Project Overview and Status" PDF Presentation (1.4 MB).  Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD).

    • "High Penetration PV Initiative: Field Monitoring." PDF Presentation (2.7 MB).  Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD).

    • "SMUD High Penetration PV Task 5: PV Production Forcasting 18-month Progress Report." PDF Presentation (1.6 MB).  Bing, J.M. (NEO Virtus Engineering).

    • "High Penetration PV Visualization Task." PDF Presentation (10 MB).  Nakafuji, D. & Aukai, T. (HECO).

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  • "Validation of Solar PV Power Forecasting Methods for High Penetration Grid Integration." PDF Presentation (1.6 MB). Bing, J., NEO Virtus Engineering, Inc.; Bartholomy, O., SMUD; & Krishnani, P., Belectric North America Inc. Presented at IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting. Jul 26, 2012.

  • "Grid Stability-Looking at High Penetration PV." PDF Presentation (2.89 MB). Sison-Lebrilla, E. Presented at Solar Power Int'l. Sep 11, 2012.

  • "Developing Solar Sense in Hawaii." PDF Presentation (6.1 MB).  Nakafuji, D. (HECO), Mar 20, 2012, PV America West, San Jose.

  • "Getting Utilities to "Yes" on Integrating Renewables." PDF Presentation (1.2 MB).  Davis, R. (BEW), Feb 2012, Renewable Energy World, Long Beach, CA.

  • "Hi-PV Grid Integration Utility Case Studies." PDF Presentation (1.7 MB).  Stewart, E. (BEW), Feb 15, 2012, Solar Power Gen 2012, Long Beach, CA.

  • "Case Studies on the Impacts of High Penetrations on Distribution Systems." PDF Presentation (2.8 MB).  Davis, R. (BEW), Feb 1, 2012, Utility & Environment Conference, Phoenix.

  • "PV Grid Integration--System Management Issues and Collaboration Aspects." PDF Presentation (1.4 MB).  Stewart, E. (BEW), Dec 13, 2011, EUCI Developers Conference, Oahu.

  • "Integrating High PV Penetration into the U.S. Distribution System, Experiences with SynerGEE Electric." PDF Presentation (654 KB).  MacPherson, J. (BEW), Nov 8, 2011, SynerGEE Electric Users Group, Riverside, CA.

  • "Seeing Impacts of High Penetration PV." PDF Presentation (5.3 MB).  Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD) & Nakafuji, D. (HECO), Oct 20, 2011, HECO Smartgrid Revisioning Workshop, Honolulu.

  • "Transitioning PV Inverters from Unbalanced to Balanced Power Flow Models." PDF Presentation (725 KB).  Stewart, E., (BEW), Davis, Ron, (BEW), Quach, B. (BEW), Nakafuji, D. (HECO), & Aukai, T. (HECO), 2011, Solar Power International, San Ramon, CA.

  • "Integration of Renewables and the High Penetration PV Initiative." PDF Presentation (2.3 MB).  Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD), Sep 27, 2011, Utility Scale Flexible Power Summit, Denver.

  • “Identifying Reliability and Variability Issues with Hi-PV on the Distribution System HECO and SMUD Case Studies.” PDF Presentation (2.3 MB).  Stewart, E. (BEW), 2011, Electric Utility Conference, San Francisco.

  • “High Penetration PV Initiative.” PDF Presentation (2 MB).  Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD), 2011, SEPA Utility Solar Conference, San Diego.

  • “Large Scale Ground Truth Database for Irradiance Forecast Validation.” PDF Presentation (292 KB). Bing, J.M. (NEO Virtus Eng), and Bartholomy, O. (SMUD), 2011, American Solar Energy Society Nat’l Conference, Raleigh.

  • "Developing an Operational Eye for Solar." PDF Presentation (1.07).  Nakafuji, D. (HECO), Aukai, T. (HECO), Davis, R. (BEW), Stewart, E., (BEW), Keller, J. (NREL), and Kroposki, B. (NREL), 2011, Renewable Energy World Conference, Tampa.

  • "Evolving the Grid—Looking at High Penetration PV." PPT Presentation (5.8 MB).  Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD), 2011, Renewable Energy World Conference, Tampa.

  • “Solar Permitting and Feasibility Session.” PDF Presentation (2.77 MB). Davis, R. (BEW), 2011, Energy, Utility & Environment Conference, Phoenix.

  • “Seeing Impacts of High Penetration PV.” PDF Presentation (2.0 MB).  Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD), Nakafuji, D. (HECO), Davis, R. (BEW), 2011, Solar Power Generation Conference, Las Vegas.

  • “Developing an Operational Eye on Solar.” PDF Poster (1.3 MB).  Nakafuji, D. (HECO), Dangelmaier, L. (HELCO), Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD), 2010, 4th Int’l Conference on the Integration of Renewables and Distributed Energy, Albuquerque.

  • “High Penetration PV Initiative.” PDF Poster (1.6 MB).  Sison-Lebrilla, E. (SMUD), Nakafuji, D. (HECO), Davis, R. (BEW), 2010, 4th Int’l Conference on the Integration of Renewables and Distributed Energy, Albuquerque.

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Project Activities

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