Siemens launches software for distributed energy resources

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has announced an open and modular suite of network software to address the increasingly critical energy transition.

Siemens has taken steps to improve its smart meter data management offering, such as a cloud-native option or up to 85% improved task efficiency by redefining the user experience. Siemens software also enables customers to run grid protection simulations up to six times faster than today’s running speed, helping utilities better plan, operate and maintain power grids.

All future modules of the Siemens software suite will be developed according to specific design principles to interoperate seamlessly and enable agility. At the same time, they will maintain the cyber-resilience of the power grid while creating a digital twin of the network throughout the planning, simulation, real-time operations and maintenance of power grids.

“The speed and magnitude of changes in the energy system are unprecedented, as distributed energy resources increase exponentially. Power grids are at the heart of a sustainable energy system and are becoming increasingly complex. We cannot handle this complexity without open, modular and interoperable software,” said Sabine Erlinghagen, CEO of Grid Software at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “By introducing the most comprehensive software suite on the market today, we are leading the change to shape the networks of the future towards a 100% renewable world. We are aware that we cannot achieve the energy transition alone, we work with customers and partners. »

Siemens works with other companies to find ways to plan, operate, maintain and optimize electrical networks. Working closely with customers using Siemens software will drive faster adoption and integration. To date, partners include companies such as CESC Limited (India), CMY Solutions (USA), Elvia (Norway), Hawaiian Electric (USA), IRETI (Italy), KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH (Austria ), Quanta Technology (USA), Stadtwerke Flensburg (Germany) and Statnett (Norway).

Siemens is also open to complementary product partners aspiring to jointly innovate in grid software and will encourage its partner network to support end-to-end customer workflows.

A look at the energy landscape explains the urgency of bringing intelligence to a vast and complex system that forms the backbone of economies. Globally, electricity consumption is expected to double by 2050. Through 2030, Guidehouse Insights predicts a sevenfold increase in new distributed energy resources (DERs) each year with fluctuating supply and demand.

In 2020, five million assets were introduced on the supply and demand side. DERs are connected to the power grid primarily at the low voltage level where grid operators have not achieved much transparency to date. Due to the intermittent nature of DERs, it is much more difficult for grid operators to monitor the power grid and predict what will happen next.

Experts expect the grid software market volume to double from $8 billion in 2019 to around $17 billion in 2028. On Capital Market Day in 2021, Siemens Smart Infrastructure pledged to double its digital revenue to 1.5 billion euros by fiscal year 2025 from 750 euros. million in fiscal year 2021.

About 70% of the world’s electricity consumption, or 16,000 terawatt hours each year, already passes through an infrastructure simulated by Siemens network software. Today, 1,300 control center systems – which operate and control networks – based on Siemens software are in operation around the world, keeping the lights on for hundreds of millions of people. With approximately 100 million smart meters under contract, used by more than 200 utilities worldwide, EnergyIP meter data management software is a rich source of data at the low voltage grid level.

The new network software offering enables energy companies to easily and quickly implement smart technology for planning and managing their network. These IT upgrades will be faster and cheaper than hardware investments. Thanks to the modular approach, the pieces will fit together and can be adapted to meet the individual needs of network managers. With seamless integration of IT and OT elements, through a unified network model, customers can easily synchronize data between their IT and OT systems, including their network planning software, meter data management systems, geographic information systems (GIS) and advanced distribution management systems. (ADMS), then optimize end-to-end workflows.

Insights from analytics and AI will be transferred directly into actions, leading to improvements in network operations. This makes it possible to move from a deterministic management approach to a probabilistic approach, favoring the integration of a large number of distributed energy resources. In addition, across its entire power grid portfolio, Siemens adheres to strict cybersecurity requirements, security standards and regular security updates.