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What is a Digital Grid?

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John Chowdhury
on 3/23/17, 6:04 PM 784 views

What does it mean by Digital Grid, how is it different then Smart Grid?


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John Chowdhury

--John Chowdhury--
Utility Innovation Consulting Group
http://www.utilityinnovation.com
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--John Chowdhury--
John Chowdhury
On 7/17/17, 3:22 AM

Electricity continues to be the most versatile and widely used form of energy but has also been a major contributor to carbon emissions. With growing awareness and focus on mitigation, the challenge we face is to balance the growing demand for electricity with minimal environmental impact. This has led to an influx of renewables into the grid and their often remote location and intermittent nature, combined with a significant increase in distributed generation has created new supply side challenges. At the same time we also see new demand loads like electric vehicles and data centers as well as smarter homes and buildings. All these complexities require the evolving power system to be increasingly flexible and interconnected, as well as more reliable and intelligent. This is also driving the development of ultra-high-voltage AC and DC transmission, more eco-efficient and resilient products, power quality and grid stabilization technologies, service and asset health management solutions as well as emerging innovations like energy storage and micro grids. And key to managing this ‘big shift in power’ is the increasing digitalization and automation of the grid, the growing deployment of software and the convergence of information and operational technologies, as the power sector leverages the internet of things, services and people.

Digital Grid address the challenges, including optimal use of reserve and peaking capacity, diversification of supply, reduction of wholesale electricity price volatility, strengthening grid operation to address fault conditions and increasing capacity utilization of conventional generation. In Digital Grid, ultra-high voltage AC and DC systems play a role in future super grids as will strategically positioned micro grids and energy storage systems. Power quality and demand response programs will help fine tune and optimize the grid of the future with the communications and software technologies. As the generation mix continues to evolve, customers diversify and suppliers differentiate to meet new needs.

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