Postings tagged with: grid

TheEnergyBlog Team| Apr 13, 2015

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How Digitization Drives Smart Grid Innovation

At this year’s Hannover Messe Siemens is showcasing the opportunities of Industry 4.0 and digitization for the energy business. The first blog post in the Hannover Messe series explained how necessary gains along the wind energy value chain can only be achieved with intelligent, digital solutions – ranging from software for blade optimization via control systems for wind power plants to machine learning solutions for wind turbine self optimization. Next, I would like to introduce a further promi ...

Lisa Caswell| Dec 03, 2014

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New study finds cost and interoperability biggest challenges in IT/OT convergence

Traditionally, information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have occupied separate silos within a utility. Operational systems like energy distribution management and real-time grid operations at the transmission and substation level were handled in one department and IT systems supporting metering, customer business process, analytics, etc. in another. But, utilities are realizing that to reap the full benefits of advanced metering and smart grid systems, IT and OT must work toge ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Sep 22, 2014

Siemens project manager Dr Klaus Faltin and TenneT overall project manager Dr Benjamin Hühnerbein on their way to the BorWin2

Feeding offshore wind power into the grid - People Portrait: Dr. Klaus Faltin

Klaus Faltin is a qualified energy systems engineer with comprehensive project management experience from projects in Brazil, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Austria. In 2012, Faltin and his team at the time received a Siemens Award for the "Best Project Execution 2011" for the Enecogen project. Today Faltin is general project manager for the BorWin2 offshore converter platform, which was installed on April 23, 2014, and whose commissioning runs until October 2014. He heads Sie ...

Harald Mayer| Sep 12, 2014


Outsourcing operation and maintenance for power delivery assets: Sept. 22 webinar

Peace of mind is crucial in power distribution networks and other infrastructure-intensive enterprises. Asset owners constantly seek ways to reduce risk in their operations -- especially the risk of potentially catastrophic events -- while maximizing returns. One strategy that can efficiently support these fundamental business goals is to outsource the operation and maintenance of their assets -- a practice recommended by Accenture. Why outsource asset O&M? Asset owners transfer operatio ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Sep 11, 2014

The first gas-insulated high-voltage DC switchgear systems at the Siemens Schaltwerk in Berlin Germany

The next generation of gas-insulated switchgear for high-voltage direct current transmission is in the works

500,000 volts – this will be the next voltage level that gas-insulated DC switchgear will have to master. Developing such switchgear will demand a truly pioneering effort, for neither officially recommended tests nor applicable international standards exist. A few days ago I visited the 2014 Sessions of the International Council on Large Electric Systems, known by its French acronym Cigré (Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Élelectric Systems). One of the most important industry events in ...

Harald Mayer| Sep 09, 2014

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What's happening at the substation? Condition monitoring boosts savings and reliability

Most utilities employ a time-based approach to maintaining and replacing electrical substation assets. However, sometimes these schedules are overtaken by events. Substation equipment commonly endures a surprising amount of wear and tear from network conditions (such as overloading) and harsh environmental conditions -- both cumulative and sudden. It's not always possible to predict when substation equipment might fail. But when it does, this can lead to unplanned outages, damage to other equip ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Aug 21, 2014

Impression from the Siemens Booth at CIGRE 2014

Siemens at the CIGRE Session 2014

Founded in 1921, CIGRE, the Council on Large Electric Systems, is an international non-profit Association for promoting collaboration with experts from all around the world by sharing knowledge and joining forces to improve electric power systems of today and tomorrow.3200 senior executives, experts, CEOs and young engineers, from the Power Industry, and more than 6000 trade visitors from over 90 countries will be attending the CIGRE Session 2014 in Paris.Therefore the CIGRE 2014 Session is an o ...

Usman Sindhu| May 30, 2014


Are you worried about the utility death spiral? Why not look at the innovation spiral?

A lot of news about the utility death spiral continues as solar adoption grows. Investors are also signaling for and worrying about expected changes in the utility business models. I find it exciting for the utility sector in two ways. First, the challenge presents an opportunity to create better regulatory models, which benefit consumers, and obliges utility companies to improve their brands. At the moment, utilities, especially in the regulated regions, have no incentive to become consumer foc ...

Usman Sindhu| May 16, 2014


What’s New and Upcoming in the Utility World - April 2014

The utility industry is a dynamic and ever-changing landscape with no shortage of topics to discuss. I'll be writing a recap each month of some interesting news shaping the utility industry, and I invite readers to contribute and share their thoughts as well. During April, the topics that were of most interest to me ranged from California legislation to utility mergers: 1. California Title 24 is set to begin in June 2014. According to this code, thermostats, HVAC systems, building automation sys ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Apr 09, 2014


Hannover Messe 2014 - The rapidly accelerating future of energy

Our energy system is in transition and this will only speed up as we head for 2050 according to Siemens Energy CTO Prof. Dr. Michael Weinhold. Speaking at the Future of Energy Forum at Hannover Messe on Tuesday, 8 April he said that electrification and digitization will become exponentially more important in our daily lives. Further, Weinhold made the point that Siemens has been a leading player in the electrical energy sector since the inception of the industry over 160 years ago and th ...