OSIsoft and University of North Carolina Charlotte Partner for Smart Grid Research

Date Published: 
September 12, 2014

EPIC’s Duke Energy Smart Grid Lab at UNC Charlotte to use the Real-time PI System Data Infrastructure for Multiple Leading Edge Research Projects

San Leandro, CA – September 10, 2014 – OSIsoft and the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) announced today that EPIC’s Duke Energy Smart Grid Lab will use the real-time PI System data infrastructure for multiple cutting edge research projects that require collecting, storing and serving very high speed data from grid simulators, PMUs and rotating equipment.  OSIsoft’s PI System was chosen because of its unique ability to scale to manage the high data rates generated by the sensors in such equipment, and simultaneously from a very large number of assets.

The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) will use the PI System with grid simulators and PMUs inEPIC’s Duke Energy Smart Grid Lab.  The system will also be used for R&D of rotating equipment failure signatures together with their industry partners, including EPRI.

In addition, the research center for Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites (SIBS) will use the system for intelligently managing buildings for improved performance on dimensions such as energy and utility usage.

“We are excited that EPIC’s Duke Energy Smart Grid Lab has chosen OSIsoft’s PI System for their high speed data management needs for advanced research”, said Martin Otterson, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Industry.  “As the number of sensors and the data generated by them grows exponentially, we encourage universities to take advantage of OSIsoft’s education license to push the boundaries of the possible.   High speed, high resolution streaming real-time data captured in a database makes it possible to see the world in new ways not possible before.”

“At EPIC’s Duke Energy Smart Lab we are constantly exploring the art of the possible,” said Dr Johan Enslin, Director of EPIC at UNCC.  “Most of our new research takes advantage of the very large quantities of real-time streaming data generated by modern sensors.  Managing the data and using it intelligently has not been easy.  With OSIsoft’s PI System the heavy-lifting of data management is taken care of in the background.  We can focus on extracting value from the data instead.”

About OSIsoft, LLC

OSIsoft, a global leader in operational intelligence, delivers an open enterprise infrastructure to connect sensor-based data, operations and people to enable real-time and actionable insights. As the maker of the PI System, OSIsoft empowers companies across a range of industries in activities such as exploration, extraction, production, generation, process and discrete manufacturing, distribution and services to leverage streaming data to optimize and enrich their businesses. For over thirty years, OSIsoft customers have embraced the PI System to deliver process, quality, energy, regulatory compliance, safety, security and asset health improvements across their operations. Founded in 1980, OSIsoft is a privately-held company, headquartered in San Leandro, California, U.S.A. with offices around the world. For more information visit www.osisoft.com


About EPIC’s Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory

The Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory (DESGL) at the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) is a state-of-the-art facility that supports the education, research and outreach activities to modernize the power grid. Grid modernization begins with advanced technology designs, integration, real-time modeling, hardware-in-the-loop analysis and system level validation before implementation.  For more information see Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory.



Kellie Vahlsing

OSIsoft, LLC

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