GE Digital: Digital Technology for Dispatch Crews
When it comes to planning for power outages, software gives electric utility operators a leg up.
With digital technologies like Advanced Distribution Management Solutions (ADMS), operators are given a comprehensive, real-time view across the grid to dispatch field crews as quickly as possible when a disruption happens.
A utility’s control centre is where this flow of information happens – acting as the centre of command for all operational processes. But during storms and other severe weather events, this command centre can quickly become inundated with activity as they look to supplement the restoration process with personnel based outside of the control centre. By dispatching workers on the outside for routine restoration and crew management, it allows for those stationed inside the control centre to focus their attention on critical, high-impact outages.
Storms are typically seasonal, but anytime a power outage happens, the response is fairly routine – customers rely on field crews to find the solution and turn the lights back on. Utilities that utilize ADMS can navigate these challenges with more resilience because they have the technology in place to scale dispatching personnel effectively.
Technologies like GE Digital’s Storm Assist help with that by getting the mission-critical data to the right people at the right time in a secure, browser-based system. Regardless of whatever severe weather event occurs, ADMS offerings like Storm Assist can enable field crews to access real-time network data, customer calls and crew locations outside of the control centre so the restoration process can be completed in the most efficient manner.
As we continue to see extreme weather events around the globe, there is a clear need for utilities to get ahead of outages by deploying the right solutions. Digital technologies like ADMS help utilities ensure the lights stay on while keeping field workers and the communities they serve safe.
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Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.