Modelling decentralised energy grid with GIS digital twin

Bentley Systems has announced the availability of OpenUtilities DER Planning and Design Assessment Solutions, the latest of its electric utility software offerings that provide decision support and cost-based models and simulations for distributed energy resources (DER) integration. In partnership with Siemens’ Digital Grid business unit, OpenUtilities Solutions for DER enables electric utilities, electricity suppliers, and distribution network operators with software applications to analyse, design, and evaluate DER interconnection requests through desktop and cloud-based services, while supporting the reliability and resilience of network operations. The solutions create automatic network analysis models for Siemens’ PSS Sincal with the integration of GIS-based network data (including Esri, GE and Smallworld). The solutions generate an electrical digital twin for utilities – a GIS digital twin that enables owner/operators to more efficiently model the grid for decentralised energy without compromising safety and reliability. Some of the major challenges utilities encounter with DER integration are system complexity, increased regulatory requirements, high customer demand, and cost management. Digital twins can provide efficiencies in grid operations by streamlining interconnection applications with optimised workflows to better assess operational impacts, long-term strategic scenarios and investment decisions.

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