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Please note, this event is now taking place on the 29 September – 1 October 2020 on a virtual platform
Case Study: Intelligent Investment Planning – Ellevio
Asset Managers within DSOs are currently faced with the monumental task of reinforcing the distribution network to cope with increasingly dynamic generation and demand patterns. Current MV and LV networks were simply not built to manage local renewable generation – especially not at the rapid rate of change required to meet European decarbonisation targets.
Although, smart meter data can provide some clarity by offering valuable insights into grid topology, the mounting number of DERs and EVs, along with variable peak loads, still threaten to weaken power quality. Therefore, intelligent investment planning, which streamlines maintenance decisions and champions targeted infrastructure reinforcement, is key to ensuring grid stability whilst keeping costs at an acceptable level.
This week we caught up with Stephan Stalered, Senior Project Manager at Ellevio, who is scheduled to speak at this year’s Grid Asset Managemet 2020 conference, to better understand how he is navigating this difficult landscape.
|Stephan explained: “At Ellevio, leveraging data-driven insights and modelling multiple investment scenarios is of critical importance as we are currently in the process of modernising our grid equipment to support the changing use of electricity. As a result of aging assets and lack of visibility, especially on the LV network, we foresee problems with controlling EVs and solar panels on the distribution grid if infrastructure is not sufficiently reinforced. Furthermore, we need to upgrade our monitoring and control equipment as, currently, we are sending people on the ground to do time consuming and expensive manual fieldwork. Through our rollout of second-generation smart meters, we will soon have much more information on customer consumption patterns. This will enable a shift to smarter ways of working, in which investment decisions are driven by power system analytics and intelligent lifecycle management to maximise return on investment, lower the rate of power interruptions and, ultimately, ensure happy customers.|
One of the key challenges we are facing with regards to upgrading infrastructure, is simply the huge amount of equipment that needs to be updated. To ensure costs are kept within acceptable limits, we have to first pre-define the KPIs we want to focus on to make sure we have a cohesive and effective investment strategy. For instance, because we have thousands of substations, we have been creating our investment roadmap for almost two years, in which we are delineating different levels of investment in critical areas and key assets. Your investment decisions need to be led by purpose and fit into your long-term growth strategy. Furthermore, it’s important to consult different departments within your operation, from technicians to management, to understand their requirements and ensure wide-scale acceptance of your plans.
We are now working through our lessons learnt from our modernisation of some primary substations. What we have found is that retrofitting is very tricky, and you have to consider the various lifecycles of different equipment within the substation. A lot of our substation components are not old enough to justify an upgrade from a regulatory point of view, despite the fact that the technology is outdated. It is, therefore, difficult to reach the level of communication and monitoring equipment that I would like to fully enable real-time data analytics, from a cost perspective. To combat this, we have spread costs over a 10-year plan in which we are looking to upgrade 50% of our primary substation monitoring and control equipment, and upgrade twelve thousand secondary substations, to facilitate the desired shift to predictive maintenance.”
Stephan’s will be one of 16 utility case studies presenting at Grid Asset Management 2020. Alongside the utility case-study programme, you will get the opportunity to hear from long-standing experts and innovative start-ups on the technology innovation panel, as well as deep drive into grid resilience strategies through our 90-minute tutorial on coping with adverse weather. Network with precision and efficiency in the online solution zone, meet brand new utility partners and solution providers that can fast-track your investment decisions.
Registration is Now Live!
Registration is now live for the 2nd annual Grid Asset Management 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum!
This 3-day case-study driven, implementation-focused conference will allow asset managers to create and refine their roadmap to the digitalisation of their asset management strategy.
Why this conference:
Grid Asset Management 2020 brings together the Heads of Asset Management from Europe’s biggest TSOs and DSOs. You will be able to share and gain successful strategies to implement digitalisation, strategic investment planning, predictive maintenance and more. This comprehensive programme will equip your entire asset management team with the strategic, operational and technical insights you need to level-up your digital asset management capabilities, optimise your investment budgets and reduce lifecycle costs across your entire asset portfolio.
Through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing participants will learn to implement data-driven strategies for optimising ROI, increasing efficiency in maintenance processes and future-proofing investment plans. As the grid becomes increasingly dynamic it is imperative the asset managers prepare for changes in peak demand, DER integration and deployment of new technologies to ensure stability in the network.
The meticulously researched programme is supplemented by industry leading speakers, that are driving innovation in the smart grid. They will discuss their implementation experience, share their successes and demonstrate lessons learnt. You will gain a unique insight into the strategies leading utilities are implementing to mitigate risk, optimise their maintenance workforce and streamline the digitisation process.
Discussion themes include:
|Implementing ISO 55000:|
Effectively interpreting best practice guidelines to drive resource efficiency and streamline the implementation of digital asset management
Establishing a framework that leverages time-based, condition-based and predictive maintenance strategies to ensure an economically sound and holistic asset maintenance strategy
Implementing strategies to monitor the impact of adverse weather conditions and ensure effective resource allocation and reduce outages times
Capitalising on advancements in LIDAR technology to maintain an accurate overview of asset health and reduce network damage
Evaluating the viability of digital twin technology for establishing asset performance parameters and mitigating operational risk
|AI & ML:|
Leveraging the computational power and self-learning capability of artificial intelligence to support complex scenario planning and inform risk mitigation
|Cloud based DAM:|
Effectively integrating cloud-based solutions with legacy infrastructure to capitalise on advanced data storage, management and analytics
Event highlights include:
- Case-Study Programme – hear from 20+ European Asset Management experts on the lessons learnt from the implementation of next-generation DAM systems, best practice maintenance strategies and reducing risk in an increasingly dynamic grid topography
- Utility Heavy Speaker Line-Up – selected on the strength of the projects they are involved in, their pivotal roles in implementation decision making, and their insights into lessons learnt and future roadmaps
- Roundtable Discussions – take the opportunity to brainstorm and problem solve with peers from across the smart grid industry, to tackle the greatest asset management challenges at this moment
- Solution Zone – running alongside the main 3-day conference, the solution zone provides a focused display of asset management products and services, with experts on hand to discuss your specific challenges and provide tailored advice to help propel your implementation plans to the next level
- Live Demo Labs – a 1:1 private demonstration, providing you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the most advanced and forward-looking asset management solutions and services
- Evening Networking Reception – taking place the evening of conference day one, this networking event is open to all participants enabling you to relax and unwind, allow new ideas to cement and new partnership opportunities to emerge
Who should attend?
As the only peer-to-peer conference that covers the whole asset management function through a use-case, technically-driven and market-led programme, Grid Asset Management 2020 needs to be attended by professionals involved in asset management, investment planning, network strategy, asset information, operation and maintenance, R&D and innovation.
|Kjell-Olav Bjerknes: Vegetation Manager – Hafslund Nett |
Fredi Belavic: Asset Manager – Austrian Power Grid
Lennart Lalieu: Innovation Manager – Enexis
Dominic Moser: Head of Strategic Grid Planning – Swissgrid
Jan-Peter Doomernik: Senior Business Developer and Asset Management – Enexis
Bogdan Giubega: Project Manager IT Implementation – Transelectrica
Bart Bikker: Specialist in Energy Management Systems – Stedin
Rasmus Armas: Head of Asset Management – Elektrilevi
Peter Lyck Ingerslev: Innovation Engineer – Energinet
Uros Kerin: Assistant Director – ELES
Jorge Simoes: Head of the Digital Factory – EDP
Stephan Stalered: Senior Project Manager – Ellevio
Alexander Riishede Jensby: Digital Consultant – Energinet
Benjamin Kauffman: Senior Manager – Accenture
Santiago Gallego: Associate Director, Asset Management 4.0 & Digital Operations – Boston Consulting Group
Save the Date for Grid Asset Management 2020
Please save the date for the annual Grid Asset Management 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum! Taking place on the 29 September – 1 October 2020, this event will provide you with the roadmap for digitising your asset management function to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands of the energy transition.
With the opportunity to capitalise on peer-to-peer knowledge sharing between heads of asset management, maintenance and digital innovation, you will learn how to implement best practice, optimise data-driven decision-making and integrate new technologies.
Over 3 intensive days, you will get to grips with 14+ utility asset management case studies from leading TSOs and DSOs to help mitigate risk, increase efficiency in maintenance strategies and implement next-generation technologies. The programme provides a comprehensive overview of the digitisation process, from overcoming data governance issues, to optimising the workforce and integrating new dataflows into risk-based frameworks.
Alongside the case study programme, you will benefit from the foresights of the technology innovation panel discussion, and insights from the end-user focused roundtable sessions. You will gain hands-on experience with the latest asset management tools and technologies through the live demo labs, and gain a comprehensive overview of the most relevant products and services through the solution zone. You will also benefit from the networking reception open to all participants.
Confirmed speakers to date include:
- Dominic Moser: Head of Strategic Grid Planning – Swissgrid
- Fredi Belavic: Asset Manager – Austrian Power Grid
- Bogdan Giubega: Project Manager IT Implementation – Transelectrica
- Jan-Peter Doomernik: Senior Business Developer & Asset Manager – Enexis
- Lennart Lalieu: Innovation Manager – Enexis
- Niels Blauuwbroek: Grid Strategist – Stedin
- Kjell-Olav Bjerknes: Vegetation Manager – Hafslund Nett
- Santiago Gallego: Associate Director, Asset Management 4.0 & Digital Operations – Boston Consulting Group
With many more speakers in the process of finalising their contributions.
Discussion topics include:
Transforming Asset Management Departments:
Digital Asset Management – transforming asset management departments through systems thinking to better manage the complexities of a hyper connected next generation grid and support the rapid rate of change
Creating the Roadmap – developing an implementation plan that drives cost-effective digitisation of asset management processes with minimal disruption to operations
Implementing ISO 55000 – effectively interpreting best practice guidelines to drive resource efficiency and streamline the implementation of digital asset management
Workforce Development – facilitating the integration of data scientists into established asset management teams to progress data driven investment strategies
Investment Planning – leveraging data driven insights to model multiple investment scenarios and ensure robust risk management in the investment planning process
Maintenance of Assets:
Asset Maintenance – establishing a framework that leverages time-based, condition-based and predictive maintenance strategies to ensure an economically sound and holistic asset maintenance strategy
Condition-based Monitoring – determining the optimal deployment of condition-based monitoring to make a strong business case and drive widespread adoption
Predictive Maintenance – leveraging historical and real-time data to drive maintenance accuracy, significantly reduce failure rates and maximise cost-efficiency
Digitising Maintenance Crews – adopting mobile devices and virtual reality technologies to empower field workers, optimise schedules and streamline maintenance procedures
Adverse Weather – implementing strategies to monitor the impact of adverse weather conditions and ensure effective resource allocation and reduce outages times
Implementing DAM Systems – comparing the potential of legacy and state-of-the-art digital asset management systems to support next generation processes
Cloud-based DAM – effectively integrating cloud-based solutions with legacy infrastructure to capitalise on advanced data storage, management and analytics
Data Governance – implementing a data management framework to drive up the quality of historical data, ensure consistent new data capture and management, and support interoperability of disparate systems
Sensorisation – developing a sensor deployment strategy that enables deep insights into key grid assets, at minimal cost to support robust data analytics
Flexibility – dynamically managing distributed energy resource through active network management to support the development of a decentralised system
Grid Planning – utilising multiple data sources to accurately inform grid planning processes and ensure well targeted infrastructure development strategies
Next Generation Technologies:
Drone Technology – capitalising on advancements in drone technology to maintain an accurate overview of asset health and reduce network damage
Digital Twin – evaluating the viability of digital twin technology for establishing asset performance parameters and mitigating operational risk
AI & ML – leveraging the computational power and self-learning capability of artificial intelligence to support complex scenario planning and inform risk mitigation
Open-source Tools – using open-source systems to increase collaboration among utilities to customise and enhance your asset management strategy
Blockchain – leveraging blockchain within asset management to future-proof investment planning and maximise resilience in the grid
What previous attendees had to say:
|It was great to hear the development and challenges of other utilities on this new environment. There were really great presentations including inspirational messages, impressive pilots and great innovative ideas. After Grid Asset Management 2019, we believe we are going forward on the right direction and we bring back additional ideas and contacts for the future business cases.”|
Yamshid Farhat, Smart Grid Engineer – BKW Energie
|“Grid Asset Management provided an excellent opportunity to find more ideas, get insights on the cutting edge of asset management and to foster networking with colleagues with different approaches to the same problems.”|
Ricardo Prato, Subdirector Assets & Data Analysis Unit – EDP Distribuição
|“The uniform understanding of the importantance of Information Management was excellent. Grid Asset Management is a place where you can share challenges from your organisation and learn about the possibilities from others.”|
Ramnath Ambathy, Program Manager – Statnett SF
|“A great forum to see how other utilities are approaching similar problems in different ways. A more efficient way to learn that from other peoples experiences.”|
Carl Johnstone, Director – i4 Asset Management
|“Grid Asset Management 2019 provided clear insight on the main concerns that utilities have when they manage their assets and was a great environment to share experiences.”|
Claudio Silva, Lead Project Manager, Software & Systems – Efacec
To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:
Call: +44 (0)20 8057 1700
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