Venios’ state-of-the-art technology helps Distribution System Operators (DSOs) in difficult times

Venios’ state-of-the-art technology helps Distribution System Operators (DSOs) in difficult times

The high quality of power supply in Germany is above all also the result of a continuous and increasing effort made by the DSOs. Companies are increasingly having to implement redispatch measures, i.e. they adjust the feed-in capacity of power plants to compensate for grid bottlenecks. In addition, they must regulate the feed-in of renewable energy plants. Electricity grids are increasingly being operated at their limits because the expansion of renewable energies leading to greater grid utilisation. The relocation of electricity generation to regions with low loads poses a major challenge for the grid in its current state. To eliminate bottlenecks in the grid, DSOs must intervene more and more frequently.

The high level of supply reliability is the result of enormous efforts by the DSOs. The decisive factor is this: in order to ensure a secure and reliable supply of electricity in the future, the grid must be developed further, and operating costs minimised. The basis for doing this is information about the existing capacity in the distribution grid, but currently the corresponding data situation about the load or utilisation of the medium/low voltage grids is very poor so precisely where most of the connections of renewable energy and CHP plants as well as those of electric mobility are located and cause volatility. Moreover, the distribution grids in Germany still have a minimal level of automation beyond the high-voltage domain, as this was not needed in the past due to the relatively limited dynamic and predictable operation of the grids. If a fault was reported, utility staff located the problem and rectified it on site.

Due to the rapid penetration of decentralized power generation plants and “new consumer groups” (e.g. electromobility), the dynamics of power flows in the distribution grids is increasing and cannot be controlled in the future by the conventional mode of operation of the grids without considerable investment in grid expansion. In order to maintain energy supply security and make better use of existing grid capacities, intelligent concepts and technologies for monitoring and controlling medium and low-voltage grids are required.

An important solution to this problem is the Venios Energy Platform (VEP) developed by Venios GmbH. The platform digitises the grid, creates real-time transparency and automates network operation. “Our application is secure, supplements existing grid control systems and can process mass data without any problems. Venios Energy Platform makes grid capacity transparent, accelerates the detection of errors, reduces grid-related supply risks and thus optimises the costs of grid operation significantly,” says Venios’ sales manager René Kersten. “Responsible employees can monitor the status of the grid at any time – even in home office! – and so in this respect, our system can especially help in the Corona crisis,” stresses René Kersten. (VENIOS, 30.03.2020)

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Matthias Nowak

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