Siemens and Utilidata partner on Grid Reliability & Optimization Solution
Siemens and Utilidata announced today that the companies will offer a best-in-class technology solution to enhance distribution system efficiency and reliability through circuit reconfiguration and topology information switching. The solution combines the functionality of Siemens Distribution Feeder Automation (SDFA), a Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration system, with Utilidata's AdaptiVolt™ software, the market leader in Volt/VAR optimization. Together, the technologies enable automatic reconfigurations in response to faults to incorporate real time information from the substation level.
â€œBy integrating our products, Siemens and Utilidata are able to provide greater value to utilities looking to change and adapt to the realities of todayâ€™s evolving distribution grid model,â€ said Mike Carlson, President, Siemens Digital Grid US. â€œCombined, the SDFA and AdaptiVoltâ„¢ solutions enable greater efficiency in reconfiguring and managing load, resulting in energy savings and enhanced reliability for utilities.â€
Both technologies leverage real-time data and automate decision making in distribution load management. Siemensâ€™ SDFA automatically locates and isolates faulted line sections and restores service to healthy line sections, making use of pole-mounted devices like the Siemens proprietary 7SC80 Circuit Automation Controller. While SDFA can make automatic decisions for reconfiguration one circuit at a time, the lack of power flow information makes it a challenge to balance load between circuits.
AdaptiVoltâ„¢ gathers data from the entire distribution system, and can now share its critical power-flow information from the substation to enable greater efficiency in re-configuring the circuits and help better manage the reconfiguration of the loads through the SDFA. The combination of substation information, information drawn from pole-mounted devices, and SDFAâ€™s circuit reconfiguration capabilities, all working in tandem, produces greater system enhancement and boosts reliability.
â€œThe ability to extract this kind of real-time data from the entire distribution system will enable utilities to make smarter decisions and realize true value from the Industrial Internet of Things while gaining immediate benefits for customers,â€ said Scott DePasquale, CEO and Chairman of Utilidata. â€œWith three to five percent energy savings, AdaptiVoltâ„¢ provides an immediate return on investment, while also maximizing the long-term benefits of smart grid reliability and efficiency.â€