Chile to advance decarbonisation with grid virtualisation

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Chile’s Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional and X, the Moonshot Factory are partnering to model and simulate the national transmission grid.

The initial focus of the multi-year collaboration is intended to develop grid virtualisation tools.

Drawing on the Coordinator’s expertise operating electrical systems with high levels of variable renewable resources, the X team also intends to develop scenario planning tools to assist the operator in understanding what Chile’s grid of the future could look like with increased renewables.

Chile has ample solar and wind energy resources, but achieving its goals of coal phase out by 2040 and net zero carbon emissions by 2050 will require new operational knowledge, as well as forward thinking system planning capabilities.

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“This partnership will allow us to make a significant leap in innovation and development within the Chilean electricity sector, especially in modelling and simulation for optimal planning and operation of the system,” says Juan Carlos Olmedo, President of the Coordinator.

“The electricity grid of the future will be renewable and decentralised, with new actors and new flexible technologies, such as storage. System operators need new digital tools to ensure we can plan, develop and operate a resilient system that can withstand this complexity and the challenge of climate change.”

The Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional is the first national system operator to use X’s grid virtualisation technology to model the transmission grid.

X is exploring how a single virtualised view of the grid, which doesn’t yet exist, could make it easier to visualise, plan, build and operate with all kinds of clean energy.

In the US, AES is partnering with X to virtualise the company’s distribution grids in Indiana and Ohio.

A real-time picture of what is happening on electricity networks will be key to operations with a high penetration of variable renewables and bidirectional power flows.