GE Vernova’s Digital business announced the release of Fleet Orchestration, a new software solution designed to help power utilities better maximize the use of renewable energy. This software helps to make it possible to accelerate carbon reduction targets with existing assets while continuing to meet demand.
Fleet Orchestration is an energy solution that uses artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) and advanced modeling. Designed for vertically integrated utilities, which are those that generate, transmit, and distribute power, it allows for easier incorporation of renewables with existing assets.
The software has several key features, including its Performance Predictions and Unit Commitment Optimizer modules. The Performance Predictions module, previously only available for thermal power generation, is now available to provide renewable energy predictions. The module automates these predictions for various time intervals ranging from 15 minutes to weekly for each unit, block, and plant within the fleet. The new Unit Commitment Optimizer module uses a fast-running stochastic model, one that can be beneficial when variability is present to provide probabilistic insights for planning, as well as real-time recommendations when conditions change, on how to best navigate the uncertainty of matching generation and demand. These recommendations help with setting appropriate reserve margins and maximizing the use of renewables while still preserving reliability. Both factors can have a big impact on a utility’s carbon footprint.
The importance of setting appropriate reserve margins was highlighted in a study released by ISO New England last year. The study concluded that to reach 56 percent renewables use, the reserve margin, which is how many extra resources are needed to keep the system reliable in times of stress, may need to increase from 15 percent to 300 percent by 2040. Fleet Orchestration can help to reduce a utility’s need for excess fossil fuel reserves as it increases their confidence in their renewable energy strategy.
Another key feature of Fleet Orchestration is that it integrates with GE Vernova’s GridOS Advanced Energy Management System (AEMS). GridOS is a software portfolio designed specifically for grid orchestration. Together, forecasting, unit commitment, and grid orchestration software can help when it comes to meeting demand and ensuring stability of the grid in a more cost-effective and sustainable way.