The Future of Digitalization in the Modern Grid

Navigant's Michael Hartnack discusses future of grid technology with Siemens for CIGRE 2018

In a promotional video for CIGRE 2018, Michael Hartnack, research analyst with Navigant Research, sat down with Siemens to answer questions about the future of the grid and advantages of digitalization and twin data modeling.

“Digitalization is a unique concept, especially as it applies to transmission. The need for digitization is going to be increased because you’re going to need to see what’s happening in the grid," said Hartnack.

According to Hartnack, when a grid has intermittent renewable power using energy storage, visibility through digitization is a requirement for the grid to remain resilient.

"Without that, you’re going to lose a lot of the potential benefits that you gained by installing the renewables,” said Hartnack.

Siemens also asked how T&D players can take advantage of digitalization.

He explained that the trend of digitalization is about gaining a visual picture of what’s happening in a grid network at any given point. Hartnack suggests T&D companies can utilize digital twin data modeling to run a model repeatedly, moving toward a more proactive and predictive asset management business model, thereby reducing risks and saving money.

“If you’re able to avoid sending routine maintenance out there to fix an asset, you can save some money. And if you’re able to predict an outage or a failure before it happens, you also save money as an operator, and that’s the kind of thing that can help a utility or an operator justify the cost of some of the digitalization trends that we’re seeing,” said Hartnack.

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