Unleashing Surveillance and Control Potential in Smart Distribution Systems – The NET2DG Approach

Daniel Vazquez Pombo, Ruben Sanchez Martin-Loeches, Florin Iov (Member of study group), Nuno Silva (Member of study group)

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Nowadays, the energy transition is increasing the occurrence of several issues in distribution grids worldwide being the most important ones related to voltage quality like flicker, swells, dips and bi-directional power flow [1]. Such challenges are added on top of the already existing faults like lightning strikes and short circuits, but also avoidable losses in the grid like the ones caused by unregistered users, or inefficiencies. However, the Smart Grid environment provides Distribution System Operators (DSO) with data and control possibilities never seen in low voltage grids. Nevertheless, such potential is difficult to fully unleash by small and medium DSO, who lack economic and manpower resources. Such challenges are reviewed in this paper as part of the on-going H2020 Net2DG project [2], firstly by studying existing statistics regarding faults, voltage quality and losses; then identifying the critical aspects and the current practices implemented by DSOs to solve such operational and planning challenges. Subsequently, modern grid-monitoring tools based on the forthcoming Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) are analysed focusing on enabling the use of these systems by DSOs. Thus, this paper aims also to identify and to reduce the gap between academic research and practical application. This is done by facilitating the implementation of beyond state-of-the-art tools in small and medium DSOs which, a priori, would lack the resources to develop and maintain them, taking the ongoing Net2DG H2020 project as example.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution CIRED
Number of pages5
PublisherAIM - Electrical Engineers Association of the Montefiore Institute
Publication date3 Jun 2019
Article number1786
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019

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Electric potential
Advanced metering infrastructures
Lightning
Short circuit currents
Statistics
Planning
Economics
Monitoring

Keywords

  • CIRED
  • Smart Grid
  • Control
  • Distribution Grid
  • Smart Meter
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
  • H2020

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Pombo, D. V., Martin-Loeches, R. S., Iov, F., & Silva, N. (2019). Unleashing Surveillance and Control Potential in Smart Distribution Systems – The NET2DG Approach. In 25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution CIRED [1786] AIM - Electrical Engineers Association of the Montefiore Institute.
Pombo, Daniel Vazquez ; Martin-Loeches, Ruben Sanchez ; Iov, Florin ; Silva, Nuno. / Unleashing Surveillance and Control Potential in Smart Distribution Systems – The NET2DG Approach. 25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution CIRED. AIM - Electrical Engineers Association of the Montefiore Institute, 2019.
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Pombo, DV, Martin-Loeches, RS, Iov, F & Silva, N 2019, Unleashing Surveillance and Control Potential in Smart Distribution Systems – The NET2DG Approach. in 25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution CIRED., 1786, AIM - Electrical Engineers Association of the Montefiore Institute.

Unleashing Surveillance and Control Potential in Smart Distribution Systems – The NET2DG Approach. / Pombo, Daniel Vazquez; Martin-Loeches, Ruben Sanchez; Iov, Florin (Member of study group); Silva, Nuno (Member of study group).

25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution CIRED. AIM - Electrical Engineers Association of the Montefiore Institute, 2019. 1786.

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