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Siemens Software to Help Manage Low-Voltage Power Grids

June 14, 2023
Distribution grid operators can set up digital twin of low-voltage grids.

Siemens presented newly developed software for low-voltage grids: LV Insights X software, which enables distribution grid operators to increase grid capacity as more renewable energy is integrated onto power grids.

To avoid power grids from becoming the bottleneck of the energy transition, utilities urgently need to increase their grid capacity and actively manage the low-voltage grid, according to Siemens.

LV Insights X empowers grid operators to gain full transparency over the low-voltage level of the grid, reduce outage times by up to 30 percent and increase grid capacity by identifying critical segments. The software lets DSOs create and manage complete low-voltage grid models automatically and with significantly reduced effort, and leverage data to make more effective decisions. Ultimately, they can create a digital twin of the distribution grid with already existing data. The new software paves the way for adaptable and scalable low-voltage grid management.

When implementing the LV Insights X software, grid operators will benefit from time savings, detailed insights as well as more efficient outage management and optimized workflows. Power utilities can break down data silos across departments, stakeholders, and systems. This reduces data handling efforts by up to 80 percent and the time required for grid model maintenance by 50 percent. A digital twin of a low-voltage grid can be created easily by integrating data from various sources, e.g., geographical information systems (GIS), meter data management (MDM) systems and advanced distribution management systems (ADMS).

The complete grid topology and all information on the near-real-time grid status become visible and can be monitored at any time via a modern, browser-based user-centric graphical interface – even via mobile devices outside of the control room. For example, with outage zones being visualized on a map, grid operations engineers can identify outages much faster, while an integrated ping function allows them to quickly check the impact of faults. In addition, utilities can improve their planning accuracy, optimize their entire planning activities, and increase the effectiveness of their investments.

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