Siemens Smart Infrastructure has been chosen by distribution grid operator Distributie Energie Oltenian (DEO) in Romania to supply its latest Advanced Distribution Management Software (ADMS) to a control center in Craiova, a town about 200 km West of Bucharest. The order paves the way for the distribution system operator to operate a smarter grid and make advancements in its digital transformation journey. The ADMS is expected to become operational by end of 2023.
The share of renewable energy is increasing in Romania. In 2020, 12.4% of the country’s electricity production came from wind power, 3.4% from photovoltaic solar panels and 27.6% from hydropower. In total, renewable energy production (wind, photovoltaic, and biomass) amounted to 16%. This share is expected to increase to 35% by 2030. To integrate renewable energy into the grid, improve power quality and secure a stable energy supply, a state-of-the-art grid control software is needed.
The new grid control center will enable DEO to control and monitor all voltage levels of its distribution grid. For a better planning of its distribution network with more and more renewable energy integration, DEO was looking for a new simulation tool to tackle these challenges. PSS SINCAL and Spectrum Power ADMS are able to interact for a more reliable planning and operation. This order follows the recent successful implementation of EnergyIP, the smart meter data management software, which enables transparency for electricity consumers. Plans are underway to integrate both software offerings to enhance grid operations with more insights from the low-voltage grid.
The Siemens scope of supply encompasses the grid control software Spectrum Power ADMS, including SCADA, Outage Management, Transmission and Distribution Network Applications, Short- and Medium-Term Load Forecast, PSS SINCAL, Operator Training Simulator and the integration of interfaces with other corporate IT systems, such as the meter data management system EnergyIP.
“The energy transition is putting tremendous pressure on power grids worldwide. In order to operate power grids efficiently now and in the future, we need more transparency and interoperability. Highly automated workflows to easily share data, simulation capabilities and scenarios across utility functions are key to staying ahead in the energy transition. I am delighted that Distributie Energie Oltenia has again chosen Siemens to provide a software to control and monitor the power grid on all voltage levels. In combination with our distribution grid planning software and our meter data management software, we support our customer with their digital transformation program, allowing them to improve processes and the performance of the overall grid,” said Sabine Erlinghagen, CEO of Grid Software at Siemens Smart Infrastructure.