Interoperable smart grid equipments

Development in progress
A series of protocols and software for the remote control of smart grid equipment from different suppliers through a single control system (SCADA); enabling to reduce network operation cost.
UMI market research for interoperable smart grid

Market benefits

  • Lowering network operation costs by “cutting down” equipment
  • Enabling control equipment to be rendered interoperable
  • Prepare for the arrival of decentralized energy sources and electric vehicles

Issue

Brand control equipment for intelligent electric networks (smart grids) are not interoperable between providers.

Grid digitalization involves being able to manage systems and devices remotely. Managing systems means configuring, upgrading firmware, supervising, deciding maintenance operations and maintenance programs… With current brand equipments, Utilities (transport, distribution, micro-networks) cannot remotely control equipment from different suppliers through a single control system.

Solution

We have developed a series of protocols and software that enable the control equipment (transformers, switches, etc.) for smart grids to be rendered interoperable. Interoperability could enable network operators to remotely control equipment from different suppliers through a single control system (SCADA).

In addition to becoming interoperable, smart grid equipment could be “cut down”: sold without on-board software, leaving it to the utility to install their own unique command-control system.

This helps combat two issues: lowering network operation costs by “cutting down” equipment, and importantly, enabling more flexible control to respond to the arrival of decentralized energy sources and electric vehicles.

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