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Grid Digitalisation in India

Panitek Power with its technical partners Venios GmbH and Smart Grid Solutions (SGS) presented the findings and way forward for its demonstration project to BRPL CEO Mr. Amal Sinha. Dr. Pankaj Agarwal (CEO Panitek Power), Dr. Jonas Danzeisen (CEO Venios GmbH) and Martin von Euw (CEO SGS) discussed and presented the demonstration project conducted with BSES Rajdhani showcasing the power of digitalisation in low voltage distribution networks. The session was attended by middle and senior management at BRPL and their suggestions and feedback are well taken.

Highlights of the discussion include: Enabling utilities like BRPL to have real-time load flow analysis of their distribution network, efficiently allocating investments and being able to reliably do load forecasting and simulate scenarios. The solution will also help the utility to conduct impact analysis and grid behaviour predictions for RE, EVSE and ESS integration at the LT network with live data from the field. LT Grid modernisation is the need of the hour as they slowly become the backbone of the country’s economy. With electric vehicles poised to explode on the roads, solar PV increasing on the roof of each consumer, and demand for cooling increasing year by year, it is important to strengthen the grid and optimise the grid assets for the energy security of India.

VEP published by E&M powernews

Energy & Management reports on VEP as a data hub for more grid transparency:

Electricity Grids. The VEP platform solution generates a digital image of the distribution grid from various data sources. This can be used, for example, to monitor load flows.

“We do not have transparency in medium and low voltage grids in order to be able to manage, maintain and plan these grids effectively,” complains Dr. Jonas Danzeisen, Managing Director of Venios. This is all the more problematic because of the energy system transformation towards decentralised power generation and the increase in volatility on the consumer side that pose major challenges for the Distributed System Operators (DSOs).

In addition, an increasing number of electric vehicles will exacerbate the situation. The Frankfurt-based start-up counters this with the Venios Energy Platform (VEP), which complements existing grid planning, control station and asset management systems with time- and location-resolved grid status data in the distribution grid. In order to this parallel processing, the cloud-based big data solution feeds of various data sources. According to Rene Kersten, information from GIS, asset management and EDM systems has proved to be very helpful. “For this purpose, we ideally need measurement data from local grid stations, cable distribution cabinets or even intelligent measuring systems, if they are already installed. We like to take everything we can get,” says the Head of Corporate Development.

Due to the hybrid system logic, however, real measurement data are only required at neuralgic points in the network. Because there, where no measured values are available today, the VEP implicit intelligence simulates the real load behaviour, explains Kersten.

Kersten: „Sometimes we also have to with the fact that parts of the grid are still documented in paper form“
Picture: Venios

From the sum of this information, a digital twin of the grid can be developed via the self-learning software. Based on calculations and simulations, grid operators can monitor load flows and voltages throughout the country, for example, or draw conclusions about the remaining life of transformers and distribution boxes. In addition, the use of intelligent software ensures significantly more speed and quality in grid expansion planning.

Smart grids create a real flood of data

According to Kersten, however, general benefits for grid operators are difficult to quantify: “The use of VEP ensures efficiency improvements in many different places. However, some important advantages are not directly visible, but arise in the context of the functionalities and above all on the basis of the generated high-resolution data.” According to the IT expert, it is certain that the intelligent grids of the future generate a “true flood of data, the processing of which is not possible in a classic control or Scada system”. As a big data application, VEP is optimized for the massively parallelized processing of precisely this data. The IT system collects data in real time and passes it on to third-party systems such as control technology or asset management after appropriate consolidation and intelligent processing, explains Kersten.

The VEP solution is currently in use at 30 companies, with about one third being international customers. This year, the team from Frankfurter expect to attract up to twelve new domestic and six international projects. Together with its partners Smart Grid Solutions (SGS), Venios supports the electricity utility of Zurich (ewz) in operating charging infrastructure, PV systems and heat pumps without additional strain on the grid infrastructure. In the same constellation with SGS, the team are helping the Indian energy utility, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, to achieve its ambitious targets for the expansion of renewable energies with real-time monitoring of the low-voltage grid.

In this country, the big data solution has been in use for several months at the Stadtwerke Schwäbisch Hall, among others. In particular, the topics of grid load simulation and stability in the context of the integration of new feeders, storage systems and e-charging stations are in the foreground. According to Kersten, one of the special features of the project is the coupling with the Scada system “HighLeit” from IDS. Transparency and controllability can thus be implemented across all voltage levels via the composite control room. As a second specialty, he emphasizes the arbitrary extensibility of the system. This would enable the Swabian company to offer grid management as a service to third parties through a “very lean onboarding process”.

In addition to these applications, the topic of Redispatch 2.0 is, according to Kersten, “one of the major drivers for the platform concept of DSOs”. Venios is currently implementing the visualization of capacity available in the grid together with the VDE-FNN innovation hub based on the application rule 4141-1. Here, the Frankfurt based company has prevailed against 15 competitors with its solution. The aim is to set up a monitoring system for the current system status, which in particular displays the available capacity in the respective distribution grid and the current utilization. This monitoring should then be exchangeable between grid operators.

Data quality is a particular challenge in all these projects. That’s why a lot of effort was put into the development of highly specialized tools, Kersten reports. “As a result, we can largely automate onboarding today if the data base is only reasonably satisfactory.” But the Venios employees meet again and again very different worlds. As a rule, data from the lower grid levels are digitized. “Sometimes, however, we also have to deal with the fact that parts of the grid area are still documented in paper form or that relevant information exists only in the experience of a few key people,” explains Kersten.

Despite these adversities, due to the high degree of automation, one is able to provide a first working version in a relatively short time. Kersten cites a period of about ten working days as orientation values with an average data situation and a project size of around 1,000 local grid stations. The fine-tuning could then take up to six months.

However, the use of VEP is not only limited to grid operation, but also includes sales applications. The open area of the platform also makes it possible for Venios’ cooperation partners to participate as third-party use cases. In addition to Microsoft, whose cloud environment Azure uses, these include providers such as IBM, Spie and PPC, or hardware suppliers such as Phoenix Contact and SGS. The start-up also deals with issues such as sector coupling. “We have a customer where we can access power-to-heat systems automatically and directly to compensate for local voltage increases in the grid,” explains Kersten.  / MICHAEL NALLINGER

Venios On The Silicon Review

The Silicon Review featured Venios as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies of the Year 2020 and conducted an interview with Dr. Danzeisen for their magazine:

Digitize, monitor and control your grids with Venios’s award-winning solution

The Silicon Review

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Power transmission and distribution is the crucial link in the energy system, and without it, many of today’s advancements, such as the Internet of Things would not be possible. Electrical power used to be produced centrally but is increasingly being produced by renewable energy plants, which then “travels” to your house through a system called the power grid. The grid is more than just transmission and distribution infrastructure; it is actually an ecosystem of asset owners, service providers, government officials, and manufacturers. To support the further electrification of our society, grids are to be modernized, and many utilities are searching for cutting-edge technologies to deliver electricity more efficiently and reliably. Many are now looking towards smart grid technologies to help reduce costs, increase efficiency and reliability and provide better transparency. For most of us, the primary concern with the electricity in our homes is limited only with the availability, but there’s more to it than what we see on the surface.

The energy system is being driven by three megatrends: digitilization, decarbonisation and decentralizaion. To stay on top of the challenges posed by these trends, the Venios Energy Platform (VEP) enables clients to digitize, monitor, and control their low and medium voltage electricity grids. Venios, founded in 2012, is an innovative software developer focusing specifically on the efficient handling of new challenges in energy supply. The company is based in Frankfurt, Germany, and is focused on helping utilities deal with the rapid energy transformation in the distribution grid. In order to do this, a real-time digital twin is created by feeding off available data sources. By giving utility transparency into these grid domains via intelligent real-time monitoring and control, VEP can assist in integrating renewable energy and electric vehicle charging and automating processes in the day-to-day management of the grid. VEP uses information about the grid’s current load state by combining data from geographic information (GIS), asset management and other systems. This allows a real-time calculation and depiction of the distribution grid, which is not the focus of classic SCADA systems due to the sheer volume and structure of the data in these domains.

In conversation with Dr. Jonas Danzeisen, Co-Founder and CEO of Venios GmbH

Q. Addressing increasing energy demand while simultaneously reducing overall carbon footprint is a difficult task. How do you help your clients adhere to strict government regulations?

By giving transparency and intelligence into the medium and lower voltage grids with VEP, Distributed System Operators (DSOs) get an operational grid management tool to assist in dealing with increasing volatility to ensure service levels remain high. The information and knowledge gained here can also form the basis for strategic grid planning. We allow clients to use social-economic data to calculate different scenarios so that one can make valid and reliable investment decisions about how your grid coverage of a specific area would need to be in 10, 15, or 20 years. The focus here is on the optimization of CAPEX and OPEX by utilizing savings and optimizing differences in the balancing group.

Q. How can clients benefit from your services?

We give clients a range of tools to deal with the many present and approaching challenges from handling e-mobility charging infrastructure to the integration of smart meter and intelligent transformer substations.

Q. Specialized IT solutions and consulting services come with an expensive price tag. How do you maintain your affordability and profitability?

By not only optimizing CAPEX but also saving on manpower needed for certain tasks, we often have a Return of Invest (ROI) on our projects of between 1 to 2.5 years depending on scope and application of VEP.

Q. Technology in energy management sector is constantly evolving. How do have qualified individuals who can maintain your service standards?

We are proud to have a team of highly qualified individuals headed up by the co-founder of Venios, Dr. Christian Köhler. Christian is CIO/CTO and his responsibilities range from product development to providing and planning the IT infrastructure for the Venios solutions. Christian is an expert in the field of information and computer sciences, so he is the key person for future technological breakthroughs regarding the development of new customer’s solutions. Venios has also received several awards for its innovative approaches, and current findings from our research and development are regularly presented and published. The majority of Venios staff consists of Ph.D. graduates in physics, electrical engineering, and computer science.

Q. Do you have any new services ready to be launched?

We have recently launched an update that enables clients to add various layers of infrastructure such as fiber optics, administrate heating and piping networks into the live view of the grid, which further enhances the grid’s intelligence, and transparency.

Meet the leader behind the success of Venios GmbH

Dr. Jonas Danzeisen is the CEO and Co-founder of Venios GmbH. His responsibilities include sales, business development, and strategy development. Prior to launching Venios, Dr. Danzeisen worked in Transaction Services at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, on technology transfer projects at Daimler AG, and worked for a private equity fund. Dr. Danzeisen is an alumnus of Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he studied Materials Science and Engineering, and of the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. After having gained experience as a consultant on electric vehicles for blue-chip clients, Dr. Danzeisen cofounded Venios in 2012. The initial aim of developing solutions for intelligently integrating electric vehicle charging stations into the electric grid quickly grew into a holistic smart grid approach. Since then, Venios has been at the forefront of smart grid technology in Germany, working in cooperation with most of the major grid operators and research institutions to make smart grids a reality.

“The Venios system is designed for the massive parallel processing of various data sources and models.”

VIVAVIS and Venios bundle competencies

The VIVAVIS GmbH group of companies cooperates with Venios GmbH in order to digitize distribution grids in the low-voltage range and thus be able to monitor and control them even better. With the expertise and specific components of the two systems, the companies are creating a comprehensive and highly integrated solution for grid capacity optimization as well as automated grid and flexibility management.

The conversion of the energy system to climate-friendly, decentralized generation, the increase in volatility on the consumer side and the increasing number of electric vehicles present immense challenges for the operators of energy grids. Not only the expansion, but rather the active control and management of distribution grids will only succeed through digitization and automation. In future, an interface between the expert systems of Venios and IDS, a company of the VIVAVIS Group, will ensure that distribution grid operators can make optimal use of the flexibility of controllable consumers and producers in order to curb the need for grid expansion.

Venios Energy Platform is a multi-award-winning big data cloud solution that can handle very large amounts of data. In conjunction with the highly available and functionally sophisticated HIGH-LEIT grid control system, a safe and high-performance solution for control technology is created in order to be able to manage distribution grids even better, especially in the low voltage area.

“We are pleased to continue our dynamic growth together with a strong partner like VIVAVIS and to be able to offer our customers a continuous and highly professional solution that grid operation of the future will require”, says Dr. Jonas Danzeisen, CEO of Venios GmbH.

“With VENIOS we have found a partner with whom we can complement and round off our VIVAVIS solution offering in the area of ​​capacity optimization of low-voltage grids in a meaningful way”, agrees Harald Herrmann, CEO of IDS GmbH.

VIVAVIS and Venios will present their joint solution at E-world Energy & Water 2020 in hall 3, booth 414. vivavis.com/eworld2020

Venios wins FNN-InnovationHub

We are proud to announce that our platform technology convinced at the VDE|FNN-InnovationHub and, as the winner, we will develop the application for system monitoring based on VDE-AR-N 4141-1 (grid status monitoring). Our solution will support distribution grid operators in meeting the requirements of the application rule.

More at www.vde.com/de/fnn/aktuelles/venios-gewinnt-fnn-innovationhub and innoloft.com/public/de/2020/01/venios-geht-als-sieger-der-fnn-innovationhub-challenge-hervor/ (german)

Energy CIO Insights: Venios is Top 10 Solution Provider

We are proud to be named “Top 10 Energy Technology Solution Provider in Europe” by Energy CIO Insights. Venios will use its leading role in energy technology to strive for effective and modern energy systems.

Link to the article

No more playing – ewz, SGS, and Venios are serious

Greencity Zürich. – Switzerland’s first 2000-watt site combines economy and ecology in symbiosis. In this unique project, the municipal utilities of the city of Zürich (ewz), in cooperation with the partners smart grid solutions AG and Venios GmbH, show how intelligent and sustainable ecological energy supply is consistently integrated into the distribution grid.

Challenge

The increasing share of electromobility, decentralized generation of renewable energies, and semi-autonomous district solutions as well as legislative requirements ensure that ewz invests in the digitization and intelligence of its own distribution grid. Especially in the inner-city area, grid expansion is not always possible. So despite available financial resources, the grid operation must be supported with modern means, says Benedikt Loepfe, head of distribution grids at ewz.

Since the research project GridBox, the largest smart grid project in Switzerland, ewz has been advancing the approach of collecting and analyzing grid status information in real-time, dynamically adapting the distribution grid to current requirements. In Greencity, ewz is now systematically pursuing this approach.

Solution

The modern technologies of smart grid solutions and Venios enable ewz to have detailed knowledge of the energetic situation and the load status of the Greencity network area at all times, so that charging infrastructure for electromobility, PV generation, and heat pumps can be optimally operated without burdening the existing grid infrastructure. Automated and cost-efficient!

FNN-InnovationHub

Venios will present requirements for transparency in distribution grids at the FNN-InnovationHub on December 4, 2019 in Nuremberg as part of the FNN-congress.

We look forward to a lively exchange and interesting discussions. More information and registration for the congress at https://www.fnn-kongress-netze.de.

rku.it – Real-Time Control of Volatile Energy Grids

IT service provider rku.it offers modern distribution grid management straight from the socket. At the heart of the solution lies Venios Energy Platform, analyzing all distribution grid components. Operators are thus guaranteed a security of supply at low costs.

Venios Energy Platform operates on Microsoft’s Azure stack, powered by hardware managed by Dell Technologies. “Microsoft is the world’s largest software house and offers the greatest potential for the future,” said René Kersten, Corporate Development Executive at Venios, explaining the decision for Azure, “The technology is scalable, relatively inexpensive, and not too hard to develop.”

Solution provider is the IT and multi-cloud provider rku.it, deploying Venios Energy Platform, Microsoft Azure, and Dell Technologies’ infrastructure in its data center. “Our customers operate critical infrastructure that is subject to particularly high security requirements. They do not want to store their data in the public cloud”, explains Timo Dell, head of new business units at rku.it. The entire software and hardware runs at the German data center of rku.it, based on German legislation and safety regulations. “Our data centers are certified to the latest regulations”, says Dell.

Download the Case-Study(German) with Dell and rku.it

ASCARI – Powered by Venios

Venios Energy Platform is now part of one of the most modern grid control rooms in Germany. Together with IDS Group, we are implementing the ASCARI grid stability management system for Stadtwerke Schwäbisch Hall.

ASCARI is a product that provides grid services to third parties. More and more smaller grid operators are struggling with skills shortages, high system costs and complex processes. Stadtwerke Schwäbisch Hall offers grid management processes (stability control, security, supply performance, dispatching, cascade) as a service, using IDS’ technology and our own Venios Energy Platform for transparency and control of low and medium voltage grids.

More information about ASCARI can be found here (german).

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