Usage of today’s electric energy and power distribution system has evolved significantly over the years. It is now quite different, compared to handling a bulk power transmission network or a distribution and power management network from preceding generations.
The new-age distribution management system technologies must deal with meshed & spiral and balanced & unbalanced networks with swift and consistently changing location and demand profiles. To match sustainable energy goals, it must provide advanced functionalities such as Volt/VAR optimisation, fault management (FLISR), near-term load forecasting, and support for distributed energy resources and highly variable renewables.
This is where Advanced Distribution Management System – or ADMS – can be utilised. To efficiently tackle today’s distribution network connectivity difficulties, the ADMS precisely depicts a network model that –
- Illustrates all elements associated in distribution system operations and displays the as-operated status of the network, typically based on the as-built state maintained by an enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS).
- Employs telemetered network data and high-performance data management for swift and relevant analysis.
- Inculcates a rapid-load flow algorithm that can amend an unbalanced network, using agile data telemetered from the field.
ADMS seamlessly combines this modelling with a field-proven distribution SCADA systems that reliably oversees field data, along with an outage management system (OMS) that accounts for the function of switching orders. This alliance cultivates a consolidated and reliable solution that offers dispatchers, engineers, and others who work and oversee the network with a unique control room interface even as the network grows. Furthermore, it assists distributed energy, enabling the utility to augment and accommodate the renewable generation key in a sustainability plan.