A critical challenge for smartgrid ecosystems is to optimise the ROI for Power Utilities. ADMS is addressing this by creating product solutions to help Distribution System Operators (DSO) to achieve their carbon reduction targets by enabling them to actively manage their networks in a disruptively innovative, but coherently distributed way, right down to low-voltages (LV) in support of lower carbon footprint technologies and new energy generation business models from green energy renewable sources.
ADMS (Active Distribution Management System) brings together 3 high-tech SME companies and a leading research institute, who have formed a commercial business agreement to target a niche market area in the rapidly developing SmartGrid power distribution market. This brings together a range of innovative and patented technology solutions that will enable the commercial market deployment of a highly innovative product solution that is beyond the state-of-the-art to address a growing market opportunity within 3 years.
A critical challenge for European Distribution System Operators (DSO)s who manage Distribution Networks, is to optimise their return-on-investment (ROI) so as to avoid grid instability, regulatory breaches and outages as a result of the increasing amount of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) connections (Solar, Wind etc), and excessive load demand of low carbon technologies such as eCars. The operation of distribution management systems has progressively changed over the years to support this, as in the Figure shown.
Passive Networks is the traditional over-sized ‘fit-and-forget’ grid approach which has little support for Distributed Generation (DG) integration. Reactive Networks Integration is where Congestions (or other grid problems) are solved simply by restricting both load and DG generation, but leads to a negative business case for DG if they are not compensated for the restrictions. Using an Active System Management approach enables the maximum integration of DG by enabling DSOs to maximise the use of available network capacity. To achieve this, DSOs need to monitor the real-time dynamic stability of the network along with mass monitoring of network parameters to enable adjustment of network variables, such as voltage tap change, etc. to resolve problems. The proposed ADMS solution is targeting this lucrative market opportunity.