New Offering Will Help Utilities Better Manage DERs on Their Power Systems

At DistribuTECH 2018, Bentley Systems and Siemens are presenting their new applications for power utilities and industrial power facilities as part of the partnership, which the entities announced last year.

The newly released applications will aid users by enhancing Bentley’s OpenUtilities network management, design, and operations applications with new integrated analysis, design optimization, and distributed energy resource (DER) decision support capabilities enabled by Siemens’ PSS SINCAL, according to the companies.

Bentley’s OpenUtilities allows utilities to 3D model their transmission and distribution systems, including generation assets, transmission lines, substations, transformers, etc. The GIS system gives them visibility over their entire network for better operations and maintenance planning including inspection and upgrades.

By integrating OpenUtilites and Siemens PSS SINCAL, now utilities will also be able to model the power flow of all generation assets over their network so that as distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar PV arrays and batteries, are added to customer sites, utilities will have quick and easy ability assess the impact of those DERs, giving them better decision support management for when, for example, customers seek a permit to connect new generation equipment to the distribution grid.

The integration of the two applications will help to reduce costs, improve reliability, and builds in resilience in response to global marketplace changes, said the companies. 

You can read much more about the integration of the two systems in the article Creating and Maintaining a Microgrid: Tools to Get You from Concept to Reality to O&M, which appears in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Renewable Energy World (Release date Jan 26). Sign up for your free subscription here.

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