Cummins announced this week the launch of its new PowerCommand Microgrid Control line of products for managing, coordinating and optimizing distributed energy resources: MGC300 and MGC900. This introduction marks a critical milestone in the company’s existing control functions and microgrid solutions at the supervisory system level, which provide a range of PowerCommand Digital Master Controls for a variety of applications around the world.
“Throughout our history we have been leaders in innovation and sustainability,” said Ann-Kristin deVerdier, executive director of Cummins’ energy management segment. “We continue to invest in future technologies and products to meet emissions requirements worldwide and to work with our stakeholders to support decarbonization. For the power generation market, this includes integrated microgrid solutions with battery storage, controls at system level and, over time, hydrogen technologies in addition to diesel and natural gas. “
With the PowerCommand Microgrid Controllers, Cummins continues to build on an ecosystem of products that work efficiently together to simplify and integrate the deployment of microgrids.
The Cummins PowerCommand line of products includes a range of solutions that include new hardware, software and services, and cover all facets of customer acquisition, management and maintenance of microgrid controllers. With the introduction of this new solution, Cummins has given its customers an unconditional guarantee by simply leveraging their core competencies in supervisory control, power generation and comprehensive customer service. The functions of this new introduction are diverse in their area of possible applications: They optimize DERs for existing users and offer space for potential DER users – especially for those who do not want to enter a previously distributed universe for distributed generations with many independent products.
The main features of the program are:
- New controllers: The MGC300 and MGC900 have been added to the PowerCommand product range and can now integrate both renewable energies and stationary storage systems into the microgrid, as well as generator sets and transmission switches.
- Flexible pricing scheme: the team first evaluates the possible solutions for controlling microgrids based on the goals and restrictions defined by the customer (e.g. budget). A solution is then tailored to these requirements.
- Comprehensive Project Compatibility: PowerCommand Microgrid Controls are suitable across the spectrum for large, medium, small and micro project sizes and offer an unprecedented level of granularity for the range of possible packages tailored to specific customer requirements.
- User-friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI): Improved end-user interface that includes DERs in addition to traditional sources. Customers can now easily check system status and verification performance on the device.
PowerCommand controllers are available in thousands of applications including power generation and distribution systems, industrial plants, data centers, commercial buildings, hospitals, sewage treatment plants, transportation systems, pipeline stations and more.
“There is a global need for clean energy that is reliable and inexpensive. We see that green incentives or mandates are increasingly being used to accelerate the energy transition and that renewable energies make up a larger proportion of investments in energy resources. Renewable energies help reduce our carbon footprint, but they also lead to higher volatility in our networks. This leads to an increased demand for balancing services and opportunities for customers to participate in new ways in the energy markets, for example with microgrids, ”said deVerdier. “For off-grid applications, we also see the reduction of carbon and other emissions as well as economic efficiency as drivers for new microgrid solutions, especially since the costs for new technologies such as storage and PV are falling. And we in the power generation business are trying to address these trends by integrating these renewable technologies into new solutions and innovative business models, ”she continued.
All PowerCommand power system products are supported by the Cummins distribution network of more than 8,000 sales and dealer locations in over 190 countries. Cummins dealers ensure customers around the world are supported from sales to final commissioning. For more information about the Cummins digital master controllers, please visit https://www.cummins.com/generators/related-products/paralleling-systems.
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