A SCOTTISH software specialist is expending into Europe after successfully completing trials with a utility company in Germany.

The distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) developed by Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) is already adding around 1.3GW of renewable energy, battery storage and flexibility services to global electricity grids.

In the past, coal and gas-fired power stations were connected to the main national transmission network with their electricity fed down into local distribution networks.

Now, many renewable energy generators connect to distribution networks, meaning power flows in both directions on the grid, triggering the need for distribution system operators (DSOs) to implement new forms of control and system flexibility.

SGS’s German trial demonstrated “dynamic curtailment”, where very small amounts of electricity produced by renewable energy generators like wind farms or solar parks is reduced if too much power is pumped into the grid.

SGS co-founder, Alan Gooding, will lead the expansion as European general manager, in addition to his responsibilities as UK general manager

Gooding said: “The time is right for the move: the need exists, regulation is enabling it, the technology is mature and proven, and – most importantly – we see customer pull.

“Only last week we hosted a European DSO in the UK, running through the use cases that can be supported by our products and how they deliver value to DSOs.”