From October 9 to 11, 2012, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities will be presenting a consistent, end-to-end concept for the intelligent distribution and use of energy in Amsterdam at three specialized events that have been rolled into one: “Metering, Billing/CRM Europe,” “Transmission & Distribution Europe/Smart Grids Europe,” and “Smart Homes” (Hall 2, Booth M04). The concept includes smart metering and smart grid solutions for meter data management and energy management in buildings, a smart grid consulting tool, as well energy storage solutions to stabilize distribution grids.
Energy consumption will increase around the world in coming years – by at least 60 percent to about 37,000 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2030. Cities already account for over two-thirds of global power demand. The share of renewable energy sources must be increased if those energy needs are to be met in a way that is compatible with the Earth’s environment and climate. Yet today’s energy supply grids were not designed for rising power consumption or for an increasing share of renewable power generation, which can fluctuate sharply. That’s why the introduction of smart grids and the interaction of grids with smart buildings that generate, store, and consume energy will represent the greatest challenges for the energy industry and for building operators over the next two decades.
Siemens uses its Smart Grid Compass, a consulting and analysis tool, to help energy providers, cities, and building operators implement a smart power supply grid.
Following an analysis of existing processes and the technology that is available in the grid, Siemens experts work with energy providers to develop the right business strategy for a smart grid. The objective is to find the best solution for a smart grid and get it up and running professionally while minimizing risks and
keeping budgets reasonable.
Meter data management (MDM) systems support energy providers that use smart metering by processing large quantities of data. The EnergyIP meter data management system has been part of the Siemens smart grid portfolio since Siemens acquired eMeter in January 2012. EnergyIP connects existing IT systems into a smart metering infrastructure through a SAP-certified interface. This allows energy supply companies to use smart metering throughout their systems – from the
meter to billing and from system management to grid planning.
The DEMS distributed energy management system networks and combines individual decentralized power generation sources so they can be centrally controlled as a single virtual power plant. The system processes information such as weather forecasts, electricity prices, and energy requirements. A deployment plan for all of the connected plants is prepared and monitored based on that information. Predictions of the amount of electricity that will be generated from renewable energy sources are based on weather forecasts and characteristics of the plants, so the deployment plan minimizes the power generation and operating costs of plants that have been combined into a virtual power plant.