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Smart Grid System Delivering Next-Generation Utilities, Know How!
By Utilities Tech Outlook | Tuesday, July 30, 2019
The developments of smart grids provide opportunities to learn from initial assumptions and deliver energy to meet the growing demands across the globe.
FREMONT, CA: Global energy providers adopt modernized grids integrated with hardware and software innovations, to ensure a smarter, faster, and efficient solution for achieving the growing energy demand. Upgrading the current system it helps utilities and consumers to access the potential of a digital grid. Although the upgradation of the existing electrical grid infrastructures delivers significant output; industries are making strategic decisions and taking meaningful steps to create a next-generation workforce and a vibrant, thriving utility of the future.
• Future for the Energy Consumers
The energy consumers in the present world tend to have more information, choice, and control over virtual aspects of the energy supply chain. As renewable and distributed energy rapidly becomes the mainstream, the impact of deploying advanced technologies, automation, and innovations on the grid cannot be ignored. Asset monitoring, health management, maintenance, and replacements are the results of data-driven decisions and predictions. Today, all the efforts to improve safety, efficiency, and better information enhance the reliability and save cost for the customers, delivering flexible, robust, agile grid to satisfying their new demands.
• Restructuring the Business Model
The utility business model increases the integration of load and generation at the distribution level. New technologies for communications and coordinated controls enable significant changes in grid operations, customer experiences, and empowerment. It helps to make the grid operations more efficient and reliable, enabling an environmentally friendly electric supply. A smart grid needs to facilitate the integration of distributed energy resources, minimize outages, and provide improved communications and response and cost-effectively availing real-time information and controls for consumer benefit.
• Up-grading the Energy Production System
With the changes in customer demands and requirements, while measuring the environment-friendly ways, energy providers and industries need the right training and tools to adapt and succeed in the energy revolution. The implementations of the innovations empower the employees to take risk and challenges to explore new solutions in the existing problems. It encourages the employees to learn, contribute, and stretch their capabilities and take a leadership role for challenging projects. There are tremendous opportunities and enormous potential for the industries to achieve new economies with a flexible, modern grid and customer-driven energy choices.
Utilities demand sets of technology components to take a holistic approach for grid modernization. The multiple grids and micro-grids system enables the management of energy from diverse power sources and leads to generate efficiency at a low cost of operation. Smart grids function as an advanced distribution management system availed from the real-time, analytical, and ancillary applications. Technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) devices and cloud-based data management platforms leverage analytics and facilitate IT/OT convergence. Smart grid systems promise a bright future for utilities by embracing the technologies in the right directions.