Gridspertise forges ahead unveiling two innovative edge solutions to shape the grid of the future
A new modular and flexible smart meter platform that provides flexibility to Grid operators as well as a low-voltage grid monitoring and control suite are presented at Enlit Europe 2023, they will help Distribution System Operators in the challenge of accelerating low voltage grid digitalization.
An all-in-one suite for LV Grid Monitoring and Control
Today, the “as-built” topology for distribution grids is often not completely or accurately known. In particular, the segment from secondary substation and its downstream connected LV network is very often not monitored or controlled. This year at Enlit Europe, Gridspertise has presented a new suite of hardware and software solutions for LV Grid Monitoring and Control.
Gridspertise has extended the family of Quantum Edge® device solutions with a new smaller form factor version of the iconic edge device, designed for DSOs who need an effortless, integrated solution for low-voltage management, incorporating in one single solution several use cases related to the MV/LV distribution substation. Thanks to its virtualization technology, it can act as an interoperable meter data concentrator supporting multiple RF/PLC protocols (Meters & More, PRIME, G3, DLMS, etc), a Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) to extend remote control to the LV grid, as well as a virtual router to enable seamless communication. By integrating multiple merging units, this device is able to monitor the status of LV feeders and any faults occurring; temperature, current and voltage level of the transformer; environmental parameters (temperature, humidity, flooding etc.).
In order to exploit the new QEd version’s cloud-edge potential to the fullest, the solution can be integrated with Gridspertise’s new centralized Low Voltage Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (LV SCADA) platform. This powerful software enables to furtherly improve visibility on the real-time status of LV grid and to perform remote control functions by leveraging on the virtualized RTU embedded in the device, without the need of field-crew intervention.
LV SCADA enables to collect, integrate and visualize real-time data and measurements from several smart components installed across the low-voltage network (smart street boxes, LV switches, sensors and smart meters’ last gasp).
Thanks to the interconnection with external GIS (Geographic Information System), MV and LV networks are shown on a cartographic map, enabling a sort of grid digital twin, tracking how network configuration changes in real time.
Through LV Grid Modelling and Analytics tools, it can support DSOs in identifying critical grid segments. This software is also interoperable with workforce management tools, enabling to optimize field work operations as well as to track any changes of the network configuration. The solution also permits to run operations directly in the field and to eliminate paper-based handling, while increasing operational efficiency.
Gridspertise offers grid intelligent devices, end-to-end cloud-edge platform solutions and services to accelerate the digital transformation of electricity distribution grids across three main areas: metering and grid edge digitalization, network infrastructure digitalization, field operation digitalization. The Company’s portfolio is designed as an open ecosystem, easy to integrate with Distribution System Operators' existing infrastructure, combining intelligent and automated grid devices with ready-to-use modular applications, running at central level as well as on the edge. The Company was set up in 2021 as a carve-out of Enel’s twenty-year-long experience in developing, testing, and scaling up digital technologies to transform legacy distribution networks into smart grids. Gridspertise is today jointly controlled by the Enel Group and the leading global alternative investment manager CVC Capital Partners. The Company has inherited a significant intellectual property portfolio of over 350 patents and combines its expertise in grid digitalization with cutting-edge solutions from leading technology partners to tackle the evolving digitalization needs of the energy market. Gridspertise is headquartered in Italy with subsidiaries in Spain, Brazil, India and the United States. Current target markets include Europe, Latin America and North America, expanding towards Asia-Pacific and Africa, where investments in power grids will drive infrastructure upgrade projects in the near future. For further information, visit www.gridspertise.com.