Smarter Grid Solutions is a Glasgow-based energy software company that works internationally across the UK, USA, Europe, Australia and Asia. Founded in 2008 as a University of Strathclyde spinout, its technology connects renewables and other low carbon technologies to power grids and manages their operation. SGS’ energy expertise, homegrown in the COP26 host city, is supporting the clean energy transition around the world.
In 2021, SGS was acquired by Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and its subsidiary Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI), in a move that will expand the reach of SGS’ technology to connect more renewables to electricity networks around the globe.
The company has connected over 400MW of distributed energy resources (DER), such as wind turbines and solar PV, to electricity grids and is already contracted to connect a further 800MW in the coming years. To date, the company has delivered $300 million of cost savings for its grid operating customers worldwide and enabled clean energy developments that have removed nearly 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from energy systems to date.
SGS pioneered the grid integration technology, known as DERMS (Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems), and its software is now considered the industry standard for integrating clean energy assets to the energy system. By managing supply and demand on a second-by-second basis, SGS’ tech can balance the grid in a clean energy system that is more dynamic and challenging to operate than its fossil fuel predecessor.