"With the digital substations Siemens has built the future in today's offer. We combine advanced power transmission and digitalization solutions for energy systems. We improve availability and reliability of the grid, achieve greater efficiency and ensure environmental protection. Furthermore, digital substations with the future built in provide a wealth of operational data, optimizing the entire life cycle of our customer's installations from investment to operations and all the way to maintenance", says Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens' Energy Management Division.
Our energy systems are increasingly turning into flexible infrastructures that are characterized by distributed generation from renewable sources that are fluctuating by nature, an instantly growing number of prosumers and bidirectional power flows. Only smart, digital solutions can manage such multi-directional, complex energy systems in a reliable, safe and efficient manner. Digitalization drives further development, as the consistent use of data opens new opportunities when assets are connected via an intelligent network. That's why the Internet of Energy (IoE), a specific IoT for the energy sector, is gaining ground. The IoE uses data generated by today's smart assets to intelligently network them and improve their efficiency, reliability and profitability throughout their life cycle. Taken together, digitalization and data networking on a platform such as MindSphere take grid operation to an entirely new level. The benefits in terms of predictive planning, enhanced network operation and value creation beyond the provision of grid transmission capacity are tremendous.
Resilience of the overall power grid and its assets is increasingly posing challenges. To reduce the impact of disruptive events and speed up recovery, all three dimensions of resilience are considered in the substations with the future built in concept: Digital protection based on comprehensive cybersecurity concepts as our certified Secure Substation Framework. Systemic protection through numerous grid stability solutions such as mobile substations and FACTS as well as plug&play transformers. Physical protection is ensured for example with bullet-resistant transformers, access control and presence detection.
Furthermore, digital substations from Siemens contribute to aligning business needs with the needs of society. Eco-friendly products from Siemens Blue Portfolio such as circuit-breakers, instrument transformers and gas insulated switchgear with vacuum interrupters and so called Clean-Air insulation have been integrated.
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