Onset Receives Major Funding to Develop UniGen.
On March 3rd, the California Energy Commission (CEC) issued a Notice of Proposed Award to Onset, Inc. for its proposal “Applied Research and Development of the UniGen Smart System for Renewable Integration.” Working with Onset on this groundbreaking work will be California State University at Long Beach. Onset’s project will be part of a larger CEC effort entitled Developing the Smart Grid of 2020: Clean, Safe, and Highly Intelligent.
Onset and CSULB will perform research to confirm the feasibility of UniGen for integrating Variable Energy Resources (VERs) at levels of output representative of 33% to 50% RPS; and to develop enough of the software that laboratory simulations can be performed to test the validity of the software in lieu of a field test with actual power plants.
The UniGen approach is to disaggregate the large, seeming intractable problem of integrating VERs into smaller, more manageable problems that can be resolved at the generator project level as opposed to the grid level.
Included in Onset’s proposal was a Letter of Support from the California Independent System Operator. CAISO will be an active participant in the work.