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RDSI - IIT Perfect Power Demonstration
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Lead Organization:
Illinois Institute of Technology
HQ Location:
Chicago, Illinois
Project Contact Information:
 Deborah Buterbaugh

Matt Wakefield (mwakefield@epri.com)
Mohammad Shahidehpour (ms@iit.edu)
Steve Waslo (Stephen.Washlo@ch.doe.gov)

Project URL:
Project Summary:

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is working in collaboration with Exelon/Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), the Galvin Electricity Initiative (GEI), and other key partners plans. The objective of the project is to [1] "create a self healing, learning, and self aware SmartGrid that identifies and isolates faults, reroutes power to accommodate load changes and generation, and dispatches generation and reduces demand based on price signals (PJM real time), weather forecasts, and loss of grid. The project aims at demonstrating a 20% permanent peak load reduction and a 50% peak load reduction on demand." According to [2], the IIT prototype "will be the first of a kind integrated MicroGrid system that provides for full islanding of the entire campus load based on PJM/ComEd market signals".

Project Partners are [1, 2]:
– Galvin Energy Initiative
– Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
– Exelon
– S&C
– Schweitzer
– Endurant Energy

Project Location [1, 2]:
– Chicago, IL

Project Funding and Duration [1, 2]:
– 5 years (2008-2013)
– $7M Federal Funds (Department of Energy)
– $5M Industry Funds/non-Federal

Technologies being deployed include [2]:
– High Reliability Distribution System (HRDS): This involves high-speed, intelligent, automated switches to detect and isolate a fault without loss of power to the building; S&C Vista UDS fault-clearing switchgear in a closed-loop system with SEL-351 directional over current protection relays; a Permissive Over-reaching Transfer Trip scheme (POTT) to protect the underground feeder cables.
– Intelligent Perfect Power System Controller(IPPSC): IIT designs and provides a low cost means for coordinating a diverse set of demand response and pricing signals to optimize the facility response.
– Advanced ZibBee Wireless: IIT leverages ZigBee two-way communications to monitor, collect, and analyze data on energy usage by certain devices at IIT. At the same time, Exelon can send a signal to IPPSC which transmits signals to ZigBee devices to control devices at IIT.
– Advanced Distribution Recovery Systems: IIT leverages dNetSim, a software-based distribution network simulator, with an agent-based control system for fault detection, location and isolation; feeder reconfiguration; volt/VAR management; service restoration; emergency response; and integration of distributed resources.
– Buried Cable Fault Detection and Mitigation: IIT develops a fast Fault Detection and Mitigation (FDM) system


[1] Eric Lightner, "Smart Grid and DER Integration Activities Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy", presented at the 3rd international conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources, Dec 10-12, 2008. URL: http://www.conference-on-integration.com/pres/54_Lightner.pdf.
[2] Steve Bossart, "Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration Demonstration Projects", EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Advisory Meeting, October 12-14, 2009. URL: http://www.smartgrid.epri.com/doc/15%20DOE%20RDSI%20Project%20Update.pdf