In Canada, electric utility Oakville Hydro announced that it will implement a smart grid pilot with Survalent.In a statement, Survalent says it is currently developing a new data analytics tool 'Distribution State Estimation' to help energy providers improve real time management of grid networks through access to advanced prediction and algorithms on the performance of energy systems.
The advanced distribution management systems provider claims its tool “will more accurately predict the state of an electric grid based on detailed network connectivity modelling and telemetry from field devices".
Under the pilot with Oakville Hydro, Survalent will integrate the new data analytics tool with the company’s existing smart grid platform 'FLISR' to enable the utility’s grid system to heal itself in the event of asset failures.
Data analytics tool and smart grid management
The integration of the two smart grid technologies is expected to improve utilities’ insights on the flow of power within an energy system to better locate faults and reduce the occurrence and duration of power outages.
The smart grid pilot is being funded by the Smart Grid Fund, an initiative developed by the Ontario Ministry of Energy to provide funding for utilities to make use of and to adopt innovative technologies and business models to optimise their operations and customer services.
The pilot will be implemented through to June 2018 and falls under efforts by Oakville Hydro to expand its portfolio of smart grid technologies to improve services to some 69,000 customers.
The programme is part of a broader programme in which Oakville Hydro is adopting innovative solutions, which would help increase the utility’s integration of grid system with renewable and distributed energy resources.
Jeff Mocha, Director of Smart Grid and Asset Management at Oakville Hydro, commented: “We do our best to prepare for different load and outage scenarios, but we’re still very reactive when it comes to day-to-day load management.
“With this application, we’ll be able to fine-tune our switching practices in advance and maintain optimal voltage and load. From a systems perspective, it will be an enhanced level of capability.
“This is a transition from a ‘wires company’ philosophy, where we just connect supply and demand and restore when there’s a problem, to actively taking part in energy management within our system,” reiterated Mocha.