Rhombus Case Study for Microgrids
The Set Up & The Plan:
In 2015, Rhombus acquired a company and its team with a 25-year history in developing electric vehicles and power conversion solutions. This allowed Rhombus to have ready-to-market high power products, in-house testing and manufacturing capabilities for large, robust and innovative microgrid applications.
An outcome of University of St. Thomas searching for key partners, led to Rhombus’ advanced and intelligent inverters. Their criteria for selecting a product partner for their microgrid included several attributes that distinguish it from the legacy grid. These included self-synchronization, hot-pluggable DERs, and intelligent and distributed peer-to-peer control methods.
- Microgrid-of-the-Future Planned Demonstration by 2018: The Rhombus hardware will be deployed in the University’s Microgrid Research Center and will culminate in demonstrating the microgrid of-the-future
- Engineering Research Partnership Formed: The existing Rhombus products, independently anticipated through the University’s lab and practical microgrid deployment experiences, will help realize all of the desired operating characteristics in a state-of-the-art microgrid and provide the basis for an exciting partnership.