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Gridspertise Unveils Edge Computing Solutions for Better Grid Resilience

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Gridspertise, a leading global entity committed to aiding utilities worldwide in expediting the digital evolution of electrical grids, presented at

Gridspertise, a leading global entity committed to aiding utilities worldwide in expediting the digital evolution of electrical grids, presented at Distributech International in Orlando, Florida from February 27 to 29, 2024. They highlighted their Virtualization and Edge Processing Platform tailored for MV and LV Grid Automation. This portfolio encompasses solutions meticulously crafted for various network settings including cities, neighborhoods, residences, and remote locales.

The accelerated rise in electricity demand, coupled with the integration of new charging loads such as electric vehicles and the expanding presence of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), alongside the effects of extreme weather and ambitious decarbonization targets, are introducing more complexity into the grid.

This complexity is characterized by the emergence of bidirectional power flows and fluctuating demand patterns, factors that are straining the grid’s resilience and reliability, especially on the medium voltage and low voltage networks, where there are fewer tools to monitor and control them in comparison to transmission level high voltage ones. Therefore, extending monitoring and remote control to MV and LV power lines is mandatory to improve the reliability and quality of service to final users, decrease the System Average Interruption Duration (SAIDI) Index as well as reduce total costs.

To enhance visibility and control on the edge, the Virtualization and Edge Processing Platform for MV and LV Grid Automation incorporates several use cases related to the MV/LV distribution substation: Gridspertise Quantum Edge® device enables grid operators to run key grid functionalities directly on the edge, reducing equipment in substations and enhancing grid resilience and reliability with faster response times and uninterrupted power.

Gridspertise also provides a smaller form-factor version of the Quantum Edge® device, serving as an interoperable meter data concentrator and Remote Terminal Unit. The solution integrates several merging units to monitor the status of the transformer and LV feeders, as well as other environmental parameters. In North America, this device would be installed on pole-mounted transformers to provide unprecedented visibility into the LV grid.

“Our presence in North America and the ongoing discussions with numerous local utilities reveal a shared vision for the future U.S. grid: one that’s digitalized, leverages edge computing for distributed energy resources, and is implemented sooner rather than later,” said Santiago Cascante, Chief Commercial Officer at Gridspertise. “While challenges exist, early integration of solutions like the Quantum Edge® offers immediate cost benefits through visualization and edge computing capabilities and paves the way for future enhancements.”

Furthermore, Gridspertise offers a full end-to-end metering platform, including hardware, software, and managed services with a Metering-as-a-Service approach, freeing utilities from managing metering operations and allowing them to focus on their core business.

The Quantum Edge® device can also be applied in islanded areas, serving as a microgrid controller balancing renewable and traditional energy sources in islands and energy community, providing edge synchrophasor measurements and facilitating flexibility commands between devices and central systems.

SOURCE: Gridspertise

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