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One of the driving factors for our decision was scalability. Other open-source options provided fast messaging, but none of them were able to scale like EMQX. We needed that scalability. The EMQX dashboard is straightforward to use with more functionality than other choices, easy to troubleshoot, and all setup was done within the dashboard.

– Tim Barringer, Director of Software Engineering at RavenVolt.

Introduction

A microgrid is a localized power source operating independently or with a larger utility grid. It consists of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries, which generate and store electricity locally. Microgrids provide several benefits over traditional centralized power grids, including increased reliability, improved energy efficiency, and greater control over energy usage. They also offer a more resilient energy infrastructure in the face of natural disasters, cyber-attacks, and other disruptions.

RavenVolt

RavenVolt specializes in providing tailored onsite energy solutions to increase energy reliability and resilience while minimizing long-term operational costs for its customers. RavenVolt offers scalable alternatives for reducing emissions while boosting grid resiliency. RavenVolt’s microgrids are a practical way to help facilities take charge of energy costs and support a near-limitless power reserve.

Business Challenge

Supporting growing energy use while reducing emissions and meeting sustainability goals.

Businesses are increasingly turning to microgrids as the solution of choice to bolster their on-site energy capacity, reduce emissions, meet sustainability goals, and ensure power resiliency during periods of primary power grid disruption.

Solution

RavenVolt helps tackle the challenge of proactively monitoring each microgrid to catch potential problems and create efficiencies. They even have the ability to monitor weather in real time to help microgrids avoid power loss and recover power after a hurricane. RavenVolt collects messages from sensors, solar panels, and generators every 5 seconds and sends those messages to the cloud via a private cellular network. EMQX is at the heart of this messaging solution, enabling each microgrid location to send and receive messages efficiently and reliably over a cellular network. The EMQX MQTT broker brings data from the local SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) to Azure Cloud, where it can be processed and analyzed.

“One of the driving factors for our decision was scalability. Other open-source options provided fast messaging, but none of them were able to scale like EMQX. We needed that scalability. The EMQX dashboard is straightforward to use with more functionality than other choices, easy to troubleshoot, and all setup was done within the dashboard.” – Tim Barringer, Director of Software Engineering at RavenVolt.

Result

Together, EMQ and RavenVolt have enabled real-time energy management to improve the efficiency of microgrid performance. RavenVolt puts the power in your hands to control costs and gain predictability with easy-to-use virtual power plant tools.