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Challenges for the power grid (RES-Project)

Regional electricity distribution grids are central arenas of the energy transition. Due to the dynamic growth of renewable energies, they are often reaching the limits of their load-bearing capacity. Operators of low and medium-voltage grids are therefore faced with the task of making their infrastructure fit for a constantly growing number of new producers and consumers. For example, for photovoltaic systems and e-charging stations.
In fact, investments in the expansion of electricity distribution networks cause considerable and often unnecessary costs. The latter is especially true if they are made without knowledge of real operating conditions in the grid or without knowledge of the actual grid bottlenecks and grid quality. The GridData DigitalTwin provides precise information on exactly this.

Efficient Grid Investments, Guaranteed

The GridData DigitalTwin quickly makes the grid fit for renewables

Based on real measurements, GridData transfers the concept of a digital twin to regional electricity distribution networks. Using a large amount of valid data at real-time level, the GridData DigitalTwin digitally replicates the physical medium-voltage and/or low-voltage grid and ensures full grid transparency with real data from smart meters, transformer stations, inverters, etc., and pseudo-measurements using intelligent algorithms.


Smart Grid, Enhanced Efficiency

Griddata DigitalTwin - High Quality Grid Model

RES Project Austria

To prove the high quality of the GridData software (DigitalTwin), a digital twin was created for a section of the low-voltage grid at LINZ NETZ in Austria. As input for DigitalTwin, both network structure data and measurement data from several heterogeneous sources (transformers, PV inverters, smart meters, switching status) were integrated. The data input was proven to be highly flexible. And - the grid model of DigitalTwin was found to be highly accurate. To achieve this, pseudo-measurements are essential - without the need for a comprehensive measurement coverage. The DigitalTwin planning functions were optimized in the course of its operation to best support the planning processes.

The RES Project Austria is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action as part of the Renewable Energy Solutions Programme of the German Energy Solutions Initiative.

German Energy Agency (dena)

The German Energy Agency (dena) is a centre of excellence for the applied energy transition and climate protection. dena studies the challenges of building a climate-neutral society and supports the German government in achieving its energy and climate policy objectives. Since its foundation in 2000, dena has worked
to develop and implement solutions and bring together national and international partners from politics, industry, the scientific community and all parts of society. dena is a project enterprise and a public company owned by the German federal government. dena’s shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany.

German Energy Solutions Initiative

With the aim of positioning German technologies and know-how worldwide, the German Energy Solutions Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) supports suppliers of climate-friendly energy solutions in opening up foreign markets. The focus lies on renewable energies, energy efficiency, smart grids and storage, as well as technologies such as power-to-gas and fuel cells. Aimed in particular at small and medium-sized enterprises, the German Energy Solutions Initiative supports participants through measures to prepare market entry as well as to prospect, develop and secure new markets.

Renewable Energy Solutions Programme
(RES Programme)

With the RES programme, the Energy Export Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) helps German companies in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors enter new markets. Within the framework of the programme, reference plants are installed and marketed with the support of the German Energy Agency (dena). Information and training activities help ensure a sustainable market entry and demonstrate the quality of climate-friendly technologies made in Germany.

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