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The emerging wave- DER Metaverse

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Jasjeet is trusted advisor for your digital transformation journey & creating new energy services pathways. He has consulted global utilities in defining value-driven Corp Strategy, Future...

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With rapid increase in digital platforms and solutions, almost every industry is taking a plunge and betting big for bold digital future. Utilities have been traditionally risk averse and slow moving but as we see the exponential increase in the DERs to accelerate clean energy transition, these elephants are forced to run. There is a massive hype that emerging technologies and systems will greatly help in combating climate change. Systems such as DERMS, VPPs and Local Energy Markets will enable the smooth penetration, management and orchestration of clean energy resources.. BUT it only solves a piece of bigger puzzle.

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The DERMS Metaverse- DERMvS:

As utilities rapidly transition to new roles and responsibilities, their shift to DSO/ TSO or RSO needs wider set of digital and operational capabilities. System of systems approach falls short, as DERMS only connects with limited systems from “operational” perspective. There is a need for broader spectrum of emerging digital technologies coming together in a meaningful way to build DER Metaverse System, the new DERMvS!

Why we need DER Metaverse?

There is fair bit of focus on bringing the physical and digital worlds together with an application of real time AI use-cases. This combination of AR, MR, VR, Edge computing, Machine Learning and AI when applied in a logical manner, helps to build a next-generation immersive DER Metaverse System, or DERMvS. Having a robust DER Metaverse ecosystem will enable utilities to transition to their new emerging roles quickly and with confidence.

DER Metaverse use-cases:

Traditional DERMS would help to solve operational use-cases like managing network constraints, controlling and dispatching, orchestrating DERs to manage voltage etc. However DER Metaverse will enable utilities to look beyond standard use cases and overlay real time network streaming data from IoT to their digital twin platform to confidently plan for non-wire alternatives, operational planning and identify optimal placement of grid-forming inverters to support the grid stability with increased virtual inertia.

DERMvS also helps in creating seamless and engaging customer experience to help them make most of their behind the meter investments. It creates single click DER onboarding, bidding in local energy markets and gamifying their interactions with utilities to help them build robust flexibility. The new Metaverse ecosystem acts as “system of actionable insights” which informs other critical systems such as ADMS, Asset Performance, Future Network Planning, EV’s management, VPP, DERMS etc.

The Metaverse ecosystem will bring cutting edge digital technologies together to solve the most complex and low hanging use-cases while optimizing the existing investments already being made.

So, what happens with traditional DERMS?

Traditional DERMS systems will continue to be part of larger DER Metaverse ecosystem, however it needs to be aware and “integration ready” with larger ecosystem where interfaces and use-cases are already identified by utilities, and DER Metaverse will help with plug & play to quickly realize the benefits, reduce costs & waste to enable the rapid clean energy transition!

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Matt Chester on Jun 29, 2022

I get lost when we start talking about the Metaverse-- all I can picture is a VR version of the Sims video game! Can you give an example of what the DER metaverse system would look like from the customer perspective? What's the use case from their perspective and what might that experience feel like? 

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Jasjeet Singh on Jun 29, 2022

Sure Matt. Metaverse itself is a confusing/emerging tech and application to industry could be further confusing. Fully understand that. So, just a quick example from customer perspective, say a consumer would be able to open mobile app (dermetaverse enabled) which will show the real time network constraints in his/her local area and also btm ders as an avatars, Battery showing green with $$ sign hinting an opportunity to make money, either by charging or discharging it. Consumer would be able to visualize other devices and their value in real time, and simply by touching the avatars make them participate in market. From utility perspective, there are multiple use cases where AI, ML can come on top of AR, VR or MR by overlaying immersive network model to enable decision making in 3D environment. More like a gaming experience but this would be a game only engineers can play ;-)

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Julian Jackson on Jun 30, 2022

Without meaning to sound overly critical,  as I am generally a supporter of DERs, will such a complex system introduce cyber attack vulnerabilities? Unfortunately there are a lot of malicious actors, from lone hackers to criminal gangs and rogue states who search for entry points to insert malware/ransomware to disrupt critical infrastructure and these threats are increasing.

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Jasjeet Singh on Jul 6, 2022

Thanks Julian. You're absolutely right, this kind of complex DERMS metaverse does introduce more ways to hack in and hence cyber security (attack scenarios) need to be assessed and introduce enhanced security measures to ensure network remains protected from any vulnerabilities. 

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Rao Konidena on Jul 7, 2022

I appreciate this DER Metaverse concept - I have not come across this before. It seems to me, that this concept is DERMS on steroids. I will read with interest more on this topic to be informed but my initial question based on my grid operator background is, what about wholesale market interactions in this metaverse?

And I was also curious if there are standards being developed around interoperability for this metaverse to work seamlessly? thanks!

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Jasjeet Singh on Jul 7, 2022

Hi Rao, appreciate your thoughts. I like the way you put it "DERMS on Steroids" :)  I think the Metaverse concept itself is emerging but I am happy to share more use-cases/thoughts on how this could prove very useful for clean energy transition and making best use of DERs. In my early stage design thinking, DER Metaverse includes marketplace and it becomes central to shift to become DSO (system or platform operators). In terms of standards, unfortunately not yet, but we have got long way to go. Interoperability is a key and reduces the cost massively, hopefully we find a type C or USB for DER Metaverse soon :)

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Jesse Nyokabi on Jul 7, 2022

Have a special interest in Metaverse but have no basic training. Is it possible to have like a virtual training on this?

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Jasjeet Singh on Jul 8, 2022

Yes, try metaverse course on Udemy

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