Smart grid at Hannover Messe: Schneider and Siemens reveal solutions

Siemens and Atos, demonstrate solutions for industrial digitalisation and Schneider introduces MV smart grid innovations at Hannover Messe, Germany
Siemens and Atos, demonstrate solutions for industrial digitalisation and Schneider introduces MV smart grid innovations at Hannover Messe, Germany

European engineering giant Siemens and Atos, global digital services company, has launched a joint Industrial data analytics investment programme at Hannover Messe, taking place this week in Germany.

The solutions for industrial digitalisation demonstrated by Siemens and Atos include a full range of business and IT services, ready for use and delivery for specific businesses or markets.

Supported and enabled by a jointly developed Data Analytics Foundation, the platform supports private, public and hybrid cloud implementations.

The pre-configured platform is fully integrated, secured, managed  and reusable for a variety of data analytics services – this ranges from descriptive through predictive to real-time prescriptive analytics.

The Atos Group provides consulting and systems integration services, managed services & BPO, cloud operations, big data & cyber-security solutions across various business sectors including manufacturing, utilities, public sector, telecommunications and transportation.

Flexible data analytics platform

Demonstrated at Hannover Messe this week, the solutions developed by Siemens and Atos is suited for B2B as well as B2C environments and so reduces the development costs and time to market for every data-analytics use case.

According to an Atos press statement, the platform is available within hours and typical proofs of concepts can be developed within a week.
Business value is typically proven within 4-6 weeks, states the digital services provider.

According to Thierry Breton, chairman and CEO of Atos: “Access to the right data at the right time will be key in helping ‘industry 4.0’ to use equipment more efficiently and offer greater flexibility in manufacturing.

“Our important and trusted partnership with Siemens is fundamental in helping us develop solutions that can provide our clients with the agility they need to benefit from this digital revolution.”

Siemens is already leveraging this foundation in its energy, rail and healthcare service businesses.

Schneider solutions for MV distribution

Also showcased at Hannover Messe this week were Schneider Electric’s solutions for medium-voltage distribution for grid networks.

The global energy specialist demonstrated its new range of transformers (160 kVA to 1000 Kva), Minera SGrid, to help utilities enable the smart grid.

In addition, Schneider exhibited its new generation of medium switchgear, Premset, which features 2SIS technology. The modular Premset switchgear, designed for the smart grid, aims to enable greater efficiency through monitoring and control.

According to a Schneider statement, Premset helps ensure peak network performance in several ways, including “feeder automation with built-in communication and local intelligence, load management with integrated smart metering, asset management with advanced switchgear monitoring, and the use of standard communication protocols”.

Schneider also introduced its solution that makes peak load management possible for new or installed gas-insulated MV switchgear – with an integrated communication interface integrated in each GIS switchgear panel.

Peak load management will assist the integration of renewable energy into the grid, transferring peak loads more efficiently during times of high fluctuation.