Transmission equipment is continually improving with the implementation of digitalization and automation, making it ideal for smart grid service and more lightweight, efficient, environmentally sustainable, and requiring minimal installation and commissioning time.
FREMONT, CA:The power sector is being transformed by technological advances and developments led by rapid electrification of segments such as transportation, renewable energy growth, and grid digitalization. The entire business model of utilities is increasingly changing due to decentralization, decarbonization, and deregulation, and state-of-the-art innovations are enabling improvements that were unimaginable only a few years ago. These innovations are slowly finding their way into the power market.
On the one side, there is a need for highly efficient plant operation and asset management. On the other hand, there is a need for widespread penetration of renewable energy (solar photovoltaic and wind) into the grid, which results in rapid cycling of thermal plants. The manual load setting or the free governor mode of operation were previously used to ramp up or down thermal power plants. The introduction of rapidly varying renewable generation necessitates the use of intelligent features to automate load setting on thermal plants.
Distribution companies are now conducting multiple digitizations and grid modernization projects to improve operating performance and ensure efficient network planning. By introducing information technology solutions, the distribution companies are also focused on improving their customer service experience. The buzzwords for grid upgradation of advanced information technology solutions with business operations and planning are digitization and modernization. This has gained traction as the country's IT infrastructure has improved by leaps and bounds and is becoming more competitive by the day. Meanwhile, as communications technology advances, digitization has become much more important because it helps utilities make informed decisions based on accurate data by accurately measuring an output parameter and communicating it promptly.
Transmission equipment is continually improving with the implementation of digitalization and automation, making it ideal for smart grid service and more lightweight, efficient, environmentally sustainable, and requiring minimal installation and commissioning time. Furthermore, as the rate of renewable energy integration accelerates and smart grid technologies become more widely adopted, utilities will be expected to increase the deployment of intelligent equipment or make modifications to existing modules to convert them to smart equipment, as the availability of real-time data is crucial in both developments.
Space problems in transmission are only going to get worse in the future. As a result, equipment manufacturers will need to innovate in the future, focusing on smaller but smarter equipment. As a result, more sophisticated operations and control are needed to keep up with the increased supervisory and operational control in the power generation, transmission, and distribution segments.
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