Schneider Electric announced the next phase in its Grids of the Future offerings at DISTRIBUTECH International 2023, the annual transmission and distribution event for utilities, technology providers, and industry leaders.
North American utilities are facing significant disruption with a climate emergency, talent scarcity, and energy crisis, further exacerbated by prosumer revolutions on the demand side. To provide guidance through this change, Schneider Electric has expanded its Grid to Prosumer portfolio to help customers and utilities transform and digitalize their business across the energy value chain.
Delivering a Broad Spectrum of Solutions to Manage the Lifecycle of the Grid
Stepwise journeys for digital transformation: As utilities face complex grid, power generation, and energy transition challenges, rapid innovation with agile deployments helps utilities achieve near-term benefits while laying a foundation for bolder long-term visions. Adopting a stepwise approach allows utilities to start small and scale over time by initially focusing on the most pressing customer needs and grid locations versus deploying solutions systemwide all at once. The Grid to Prosumer approach helps to address distributed energy resource (DER) management needs across enterprise technology and business processes. An example stepwise journey for DER management starts with modeling and simulation, then incrementally advances to situational awareness, more simplified optimization, advanced optimization and market integration.
Home energy management solution: Schneider Electric has made additional investments in Grid to Prosumer with extended offerings that now include home energy management. Schneider Home provides homeowners with greater energy independence through an integrated home energy management solution, controlled by a single app that helps to automate energy production, storage, measurement and control, helping to make homes more efficient, resilient and sustainable. With a multi-faceted approach guided by a foundation of digital transformation, utilities can integrate with Schneider Home to help maximize grid flexibility, respond to changing prosumer priorities and better optimize across market needs.
EcoStruxure Grid Operation deployable on Azure for outage management: Schneider Electric’s Grid Operations Platform as a Service was built to help address current and future challenges for grid operators, including small to medium utilities looking to modernize. Now EcoStruxure Grid Operation is available as a cloud deployable solution hosted on Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure. With this more agile approach to outage management, grid operators can better focus on core business strategies versus maintaining and updating IT infrastructure.
AI-powered vegetation management for grid resilience: Schneider Electric also announces a new joint grid resilience offering with AiDash, which addresses modern day infrastructure and environmental challenges, such as aging power grids, decarbonization and distributed power generation, vegetation growth inside rights-of-way, and the impact of storms and wildfires. Now, utilities can better leverage the latest in analytics to help prevent power outages, predict future outcomes, and build climate resilience.
EcoStruxure Transformer Expert for asset maintenance and operations: Acknowledging the essential role transformers play in today’s energy landscape, Schneider Electric has launched EcoStruxure Transformer Expert, a monitoring solution designed to help provide higher ROI. It includes IoT sensors and software analytics for oil transformers that can be leveraged for oil transformers of all ages from any manufacturer. It helps to maximize operations uptime and operational efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and extend lifetime by providing greater visibility into health status and operations to help drive data-driven decisions and optimization.
Substation control for secure operations: PowerLogic T500 offers a substation controller for distribution automation in a single, low-power-consuming device. Delivering more advanced cybersecurity features to help minimize business disruption while ensuring greater peace of mind with certified IEC 62443 SL2 compliance, it is easier to use throughout the product lifecycle and helps to ensure a digital experience. Complete with a more intuitive configuration tool and a more flexible web-based user interface, PowerLogic T500 is integrated with EcoStruxure System Management, advanced data management software that helps to reduce electrical faults and downtime by providing operators with the capability of performing maintenance on connected devices in diverse, multi-vendor environments.
Service plan portfolio for asset lifecycle management: Providing exclusive support to better optimize operations, Schneider Electric’s EcoCare membership offers greater in-depth expertise combined with more innovative digital capabilities across the equipment lifecycle for decarbonization and electrification, while EcoConsult delivers consulting expertise and actionable insights for safety, resiliency, efficiency, and sustainability. Finally, EcoFit helps to minimize waste to position your business for the future.