Adaptricity sparks the next stage of network digitisation
„Planning Smarter Grids“ - Adaptricity's claim applies not only to individual, local networks, but also to large network areas with large sets of measurement data. What creates advantages on a small scale, only unfolds its full potential in the analysis and optimisation of large network areas with many more data points from electricity producers and electricity users. The benefits of a digitally planned, monitored and controlled grid area increase with the size of the area. Grid reliability increases while costs decrease at the same time. It is therefore not surprising that energy policy-makers as well as the large utilities increasingly have the ambition to map the electricity grids of entire countries in detail as digital twins and to make them available for grid analyses and grid operation.
And this "harnessing" of large amounts of data is next stage of digitalisation. The aim is to obtain detailed insights down to the lowest network levels - and thus almost complete network transparency. So that with just a few clicks it becomes visible when and where operational challenges such as network bottlenecks can arise in the entire network area. But not only that. By integrating real measurement data (transformer measurements, smart meters, PV production) into the grid model - depending on data quality and availability also by supplementing it with synthetic load profiles - the best possible digital representation of the grid infrastructure and its operation becomes possible. And this from the high-voltage level to the low-voltage house connection. This means that grid analyses and grid investments can be planned more precisely, more robustly and with numerous future scenarios . And there is no need to rely on often very rough grid models and many vague assumptions about grid operation, as has been the case in the past.
The following video illustrates this in a simple way:
Thanks to the availability of large amounts of data, detailed insights into the network condition become possible - in the past and in the future, e.g. line load, voltage problems, capacity problems, transformer load. This gives you a more informed basis for decision-making. And this in the short term for more efficient and robust network operation and in the long term for network planning and network investments:
Proof of Concept:
Adaptricity already has successful proof-of-concept projects in operation, for example with a very large southern European grid operator for a large city agglomeration. This project includes more than one million smart meter measuring points in the network area, which is mapped in detail as a network model from the high-voltage to the low-voltage level.
This was made possible because Adaptricity has improved its load flow engine, greatly parallelised the computational tasks and the Adaptricity platform also enables high-performance data processing. This makes the Adaptricity platform a first-class calculation tool for network areas and network models of any size and any level of detail.
We would be happy to explain to you personally how we can support youin the digital handling of large networks and large measurement data sets. Get in touch with us!