Understanding the benefits of Digital Twins as Electric Utilities accelerate their pace of digitalization
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- Jun 24, 2020 3:30 pm GMTJun 24, 2020 4:09 pm GMT
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Grids need to modernize and become more data-driven, forward-looking, and digital. As this evolution continues, even picking up the pace of transition, digital twins are going to be an increasingly critical topic at all corners of the utility business.
Sharing their perspective on the subject, Brent Jensen from Bentley Systems and Wayne Dias from Siemens highlight why electric utilities need digital twins.
Multiple forces are at play that make it imperative to reduce and eliminate data silos and dark data, and gain enterprise-wide insights into the electric power value-chain that is rapidly transforming. In the recent conversation with Brent and Wayne that’s now packaged as a podcast, the focus is on the importance of digital twin strategy as an integral part of a utility’s “going digital” journey.
They point out that while traditional manual and paper-based ways of doing things may still work for some, those processes will quickly become obsolete as new challenges to the grid emerge. Those challenges can be interconnection requests for distributed energy resources (DERs), demand rapid analysis, accurate and accessible archives and ready access across multiple functional areas.
Among the topics they discuss are:
- Drivers that are leading electric utilities to go digital and adopt a digital twin strategy to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
- What exactly is a digital twin…and why is it growing in importance as a foundational tool for integrated planning? How can technology solutions enable utilities to fast-track DER studies and interconnection requests?
Brent and Wayne also offer actionable steps for utilities that are thinking about adopting digital twin approach but haven’t yet acted. One is to start small by first identifying which day-to-day processes are most time intensive. Deploying a solution to address that pain point not only frees up resources for other valuable work, it also builds a foundation to support other digital applications.