The world’s electricity systems face a number of challenges, including ageing infrastructure, continued growth in demand, increasing numbers of variable renewable energy sources and penetration of electric vehicles. Topped with the need to improve the security and reliability of supply and to lower carbon emissions it is transforming the energy infrastructure landscape.
New emerging energy technologies, such as distributed renewable energy sources, mobile loads (electric vehicles) and integration of energy storage (utility scale batteries), are penetrating the grid mainly on low voltage level distribution network, where the infrastructure was not originally designed for such operation. Alongside, new smart metering infrastructure (AMI) is being rolled out, offering large amounts of network data for processing in advanced network operations and management.
While transmission systems are already equipped with advanced data infrastructure, distribution systems, where all the technologies are penetrating, are at the infant phase. Integrating ICT and advanced analytics, “Smart grid technologies”, offer ways not just to meet these challenges, but also to develop a cleaner energy supply which is more energy efficient, more affordable and more sustainable.
In the process of digitalization of basic energy infrastructure we answer to some of the key questions and challenges:
- How to enable interoperable integration of utilities legacy enterprise ICT systems for accessing network data from various resources?
- How to enable full stack security and reliability?
- How to enable integration of large network sensor data & distributed processing?
- How to use large network data for real time operation - big data analytics?
- How to develop data driven network operation - smart energy infrastructure?