The math being used to solve the electricity grid’s most complex power flow equations today is, well, kind of fuzzy.
Gridquant, a startup created by Spanish software development firm Grupo AIA, says its new math for power flow modeling can make those grid calculations far more accurate. While the company was only recently incorporated in the United States, versions of its “Holomorphic Embedding Load-Flow Method” (HELM) modeling have been put into action at grid operations centers by Spanish utility Endesa and Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad since the 1990s, as well as since 2002 at California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PDF).
Last month, Gridquant announced that research heavyweight Battelle has joined as a new partner to bring its HELM technology to a wider audience. Battelle invested an undisclosed amount in the Savannah, Ga.-based company, and will take its technology to market as exclusive provider of consulting services for utilities wanting to implement the technology via end-use licenses.
The idea is that Battelle, the Columbus, Ohio-based group that helps run $6.5 billion in annual research and development budgets for customers including Department of Energy laboratories, can help utilities wrap their heads around building an unfamiliar and extremely complex form of mathematics into their grid operations.