The increasing share of renewable energy sources and the growing number of available technologies have brought about different trends and requirements in the Smart Grid market. Power system operators are challenged with minimizing the impact of new generation on performance and maintaining or even improving security of supply and power quality. At the same time, investments for power system extensions are under increasing economic pressure.
Design of Smart Grid network conceptsAn optimum overall concept for innovative system architecture and configuration is developed, considering the latest innovative technologies such as primary components, communication technologies and smart grid applications and functionality. Performance analyses ensure adequate power system performance, sustainability as well as efficient power system operation.
Microgrid and off-grid solutions
Island or off-grid power supply system operators, or developers of special customer projects, often struggle with high costs for electricity and low supply reliability. Intelligent solutions for system design, system protection, system automation and the integration of renewable energy sources form the basis for a technically and economically feasible and even a more ecological microgrid power system concept.
The emerging trend to substitute combustion engine cars with electric vehicles (EVs) will have a large impact on the existing power systems, especially on LV and MV distribution. With an analysis of the current power system and of future scenarios, the enhancement of system performance and the integration of Smart Grid technologies can be prepared for the integration of electromobility at reasonable extension costs.
The growing complexity of power systems and power system operation at ever closer safety margins increase the risk of blackouts. To correctly assess a power system’s stability, the operator needs to know the stability margin and have assistance during the decision making process when it comes to finding the most efficient solution in case of stability issues.
AC/DC hybrid systems
The increasing installation of off-shore wind parks far away from the shores, and the increasing wide-area power transfers in large interconnected systems require transporting large amounts of power over long distances. In many projects, DC solutions are preferred over AC solutions due to technical and/or economical reasons. Due to reliability issues, in the future the existing point-to-point HVDC connections can be interconnected to form a DC network, integrating several wind farms and AC power systems into one system. A thorough understanding of the individual components is required to design complex DC network concepts and hybrid AC/DC systems to ensure appropriate and stable behavior.
New concepts and new technologies for off-shore subsea production units are being developed to exploit such locations using subsea systems fed from deep water platforms or fed from on-shore grids far away from the oil or gas fields. Suitable subsea power distribution and transportation are key aspects to fulfill the challenging demands of moving power supply equipment onto the sea bed in deep water.
Leveraging the latest state-of-the art concepts and methodologies implies the selection of suitable system elements to achieve an optimized technical and economical performance.
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