by Matias Almeida Garzon
The challenge is almost the same, but the approach has changed dramatically. Those were the words of Bentley Systems’ Joe Travis when asked by TechHQ media about the current situation of the energy sector in the context of accelerated digital transformation. In a two-part interview, the company’s Vice President of Energy Industry Solutions explores the technological breakthrough the adoption of digital twin technology has meant for utilities.
Broadly speaking, #digitaltwins for energy systems produce a virtual model of power plants, renewable energy systems, transmission and distribution networks, and even specific components such as turbines and generators. These virtual models can simulate various situations and analyse the system's performance in real time.
The following are the most relevant takeouts from the interview that energy operators should be aware of:
1️⃣🔄 Digital twins have the potential to improve resilience capabilities drastically by providing accurate real-time information on all existing assets. The key lies in supplying monitoring professionals with clear asset visibility.
2️⃣🖥️ Reality modelling provides significant benefits for assessing the strength of systems. In instances where infrastructure may be subject to severe weather, digital twins give information on the amount of pressure assets can bear.
3️⃣The value of the newly available information and data both about generation performance and the physical infrastructure, allow for more cost-saving responses in the context of energy restoral operations. Since engineers have a clear view of the situation, they will know where to go, when and what to take with them.
The importance of the digital transformation in the energy industry is undeniable. Staying behind the curve is a luxury that utilities must avoid at all costs. This October, Smart Grid Forums is organising a 5-days conference dedicated to the latest technological developments of digital applications like substations communication, cybersecurity protection and common information models.
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