Joshua Wong was inspired by his experience pioneering the smart grid department at Toronto Hydro. He dealt first hand with the challenge of integrating an increasing number of customer-sited distributed energy resources (DER) for the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada. With an understanding that any change in the distribution system has to start with grid visibility and situational awareness, Joshua set out to build Opus One alongside two other energy industry veterans.

The solution.

Opus One enables the distributed energy grid with a dynamic software platform that gives utilities, owners of distributed energy resources (DERs), and other market participants visibility into the DNA of the electricity distribution grid in real-time. GridOS is the leading software solution for real-time, model-based, 3-phase AC unbalanced decision making for DERs (e.g., solar PV, battery storage, EVs, fuel cells, and responsive demand) on the distribution network. They provide utilities with a number of application suites from integrated planning, through operational management to transactional intelligence in support of new business models and markets. These applications leverage GridOS core technologies that include full situational awareness of the distribution network, optimization engines for dynamic hosting capacity, Volt/VAR support, and DER dispatch. The result enables increased DER hosting capacity, improved reliability and grid resiliency.

What makes them special?

Most importantly, Opus One’s software enables utilities to optimize distribution systems and to handle grid constraints or unexpected events. They are helping more than 12 utilities, including two of the largest investor-owned utilities in the U.S., to strengthen the resiliency of their grids by deploying planning and operational technology solutions for the distribution grid. GridOS is flexible, all of the core applications run on the same platform that share data and services and have an open API to integrate with third party applications.

Now let’s talk deployment.

Opus One plans to deploy their GridOS solution on several high penetration DER substations. The utility will be able to 1) optimize DERs during real-time system operations, 2) determine the dynamic hosting capacity for the substations and feeders, 3) leverage the wealth of data to information for infrastructure planning, and 4) leverage the data to develop future business models built around transactive energy.