Schneider Electric has upgraded its demand-side energy management software platform EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor.

The cloud-based platform is targeted at facility and energy managers and is designed to enable dynamic and flexible onsite control of distributed energy resources within a building or plant.

Schneider Electric says EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor “is designed to simplify the integration of DER and allow facility managers and microgrid operators to collect, forecast and automatically optimize the operation of onsite resources using real-time data and predictive machine learning algorithms”.

This allows customers to adapt the microgrid’s control strategy to optimize the generation resource, adding greater efficiency and flexibility to the operation. The software-as-a-service platform can also integrate with Schneider Electric’s Energy Control Centre, which helps manage DER communication during islanding or microgrid mode via an interactive web interface.

Among the new features to EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor are: a storm hardening mode to allow monitoring of detailed weather forecasts to anticipate incoming severe storms and take the site out of optimization mode if needed; a CHP and thermal view to monitor CHP systems for thermal efficiency and performance while in utility connected or island mode; and cybersecurity upgrades that protect sites from external hacking threats.