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  • Writer's pictureChristos Athanasiadis

Optimizing DER grid planning with NET2GRID EnergyAI

As the residential adoption of distributed generation and power-intensive appliances, such as electric vehicles (EVs), continues to grow, traditional distribution network planning faces a significant transformation. These emerging technologies bring a multitude of benefits, from reducing carbon footprints to enhancing energy independence. However, integrating them into existing networks is not without its economic and technical challenges. Effective planning is crucial to ensure that distribution networks can meet expected standards for power quality, voltage stability, reliability, and profitability.

One of the most significant hurdles faced by grid operators and utilities in efficient planning is the limited visibility into low-voltage distribution networks. While the impact of grid-level assets like solar parks on the electricity mix can be tracked, understanding individual residential assets, such as EVs, heat pumps, photovoltaic (PV) panels, and battery energy storage systems (BESS), remains complex. These assets, collectively referred to as distributed energy resources (DERs), possess considerable yet largely untapped flexibility that could address grid needs without necessitating traditional grid infrastructure upgrades.

Smart meters emerge as a vital tool in overcoming this obstacle. Their widespread deployment unlocks new possibilities for better planning, offering enhanced visibility into the grid and end-user consumption patterns. This newfound clarity empowers distribution system operators (DSOs) and utilities to anticipate future needs and optimize network development proactively.

NET2GRID’s DER Grid Planning solution leverages smart meter data analytics to enhance DER grid planning and management. By harnessing the power of smart meters, this solution offers a transformative approach to integrating DERs efficiently and effectively. It provides DSOs with the necessary tools to navigate the complexities of modern energy systems, ensuring robust, reliable, and resilient distribution networks.

The content of the white paper consists of: 

  • DER uptake and the accompanying challenges in managing the grid

  • NET2GRID’s DER Grid Planning solution: Enhancing DER asset visibility in low-voltage networks

  • NET2GRID’s DER Grid Planning solution: use cases


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