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Smart Grid Challenges

  • Grid reliability
  • Grid efficiency
  • DER Integration

Grid reliability – Advanced fault management

Keeping your grid reliable has never been more important. With the power usage patterns shifting dramatically in these challenging times, grid operators need to do make everything they can to avoid outages.

Fault management is key here as it lets you, locate, isolate, and eliminate errors, while rerouting the power to avoid affecting as many end-users as possible.

Discover in the use case document how you can get operations up and running faster using innovative advanced FLISR processes that speeds restoration and reduces outages’ impact.

 

 

Grid efficiency – Reduction of technical losses

Grid modernization is a strategic initiative for many electricity companies and one key concern is improvement of grid efficiency.

The key performance indicator for grid efficiency of an electrical distribution network is the amount of losses

The technical losses are due to energy dissipated in the conductors, equipment used for transmission, sub-transmission and distribution lines and magnetic losses in transformers.

Technical losses depend on the network characteristics and the mode of operation. They can commonly be > 20% of the energy transferred to the users.

The electrical distribution systems must be properly designed, operated and maintained to optimize these losses, learn more in the use case document.

 

 

DER Integration – Maximize DER penetration while minimizing curtailment

The impact of DER connections to the distribution network is no more a new subject.

Network operators know that every time a DER generation feeds into a network it rises the voltage at the connection point. With high DER penetration rate, the voltage over the whole network will increase, and can quickly become a big issue if it is not managed properly.

The high DER penetration also goes with possible reverse power flow while the network are basically not designed to work in such condition. The protection plan is no more appropriated, possible imbalance between phase can occur if many dispersed generators are present among the network .

Discover how Technical issues of DER impacts should be handled in the use case document?  

 

 

Smart Grid Solutions

 

Smart Grid Software and Services 

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Feeder and Distribution Automation 

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Substation Automation 

 

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EcoStruxure for Power and Grid – Power Generation & Smart Grid Solutions

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Connected Products

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Edge Control

Secure, reliable & efficient grid, substation & meter management

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Apps, Analytics & Services

Smart grid analytics for efficient operations, predictive maintenance and investment plans. A complete services portfolio - from field instruments to control room - to help optimize assets, people, equipment and plant, at every stage of your asset lifecycle.

EcoStruxure™ Success Stories

Enel - Empowering a bright, connected future

On their move towards a carbon-neutral FUTURE, Enel is upgrading the aging network and ensuring success with EcoStruxure™ Grid.

South Australia Power Networks - Facing the storm

Schneider Electric partners with SA Power Networks to battle the most extreme environmental conditions.

Best Practices for Creating Your Smart Grid Network Model

A real-time model of their distribution network enables utilities to implement Smart Grid strategies such as managing demand and integrating renewable energy sources. They build this model in an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) based on accurate and up-to-date information of the distribution network infrastructure. Yet, a recent survey shows that less than 5% of utilities are confident about the quality of the network data. This paper discusses best practices for ensuring complete, correct, and current data for a Smart Grid network model.

EcoStruxure™ Grid

From seamless local production and integration at the grid edge, to bridging demand and supply, EcoStruxure™ Grid increases your grid’s efficiency for sustainable networks.

Electrical Distribution Field Services

Optimize the life cycle of your assets, improve performance, safety, and reduce maintenance costs – all with an experienced provider of complete field services and a partner you can trust.

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