A patent for the Fractalgrid has been awarded to CleanSpark. The Fractalgrid is an information technology construct with the ability to spread intelligence and adaptability throughout a utility grid. The hybrid cloud-based architecture can support innumerable instances of software, each with the exact same capability as the other.
Each instance is called a Fractalgrid, similar in behavior to the mathematical fractal. Each Fractalgrid is a functional microgrid unit managing distinct Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and has self similar attributes that enable interoperability with other Fractalgrids within the cloud to cover an entire utility grid.
A Fractalgrid will simplify management of each local DER with ease, which allows information to be shared with ease as well. For example, cybersecurity information may be shared between each Fractalgrid at all levels throughout, with similar patterns propagating similar behaviors.
More importantly, all pertinent data is instantly shared between multiple Fractalgrids, creating an intelligent “fabric” that confers a powerful intelligence to other regional distributed energy systems for orchestrated grid outcomes. This amplifies the effectiveness of the cloud-based machine learning, where pre-programmed rules, forecasts, and historical data will be processed, spreading that learning throughout the utility grid. This can allow a more reliable and cost efficient source of electrical generation as each Fractalgrid can either use localized renewable resources for energy generation and storage, as well as integrate that renewable energy throughout the entire utility grid.
Each Fractalgrid has the ability to use semi-autonomous controls that may enhance the ability to maintain energy delivery during outage events. Fractalgrids can provide peak shave, load shift and load leveling. Individual Fractalgrid can enable components of Distributed Energy Resources to communicate with each other and share power with other components of the system.
CleanSpark’s Fractalgrid architecture enables better response to changing usage and weather patterns, because it “sees” the activity of the entire grid and can respond faster than any human, based on seamless data-sharing. Utilities adopting DER management will need this functionality and flexibility to cost effectively manage their distributed energy infrastructure and energy storage in preparation for the coming deluge of wind and solar energy.