Energy partnership to create end-to-end digital twin of electric grid

July 05, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Energy partnership to create end-to-end digital twin of electric grid
Energy software company Utilidata (Providence, RI) and intelligent home energy monitoring solution provider Sense (Cambridge, MA) have announced that they are partnering to create the first-ever digital twin of the electric grid that maps power flow, voltage, and infrastructure from the substation to the home.

The virtual grid model, say the companies, will enable unprecedented levels of grid visibility, allowing for improved efficiency, reliability, and utilization of distributed assets. Utilidata has spent over a decade working with utilities to improve grid reliability, resiliency, and sustainability through voltage optimization, while Sense's technology analyzes high-resolution energy data to provide homeowners with a detailed and real-time view of how energy is used in their homes.

The companies say they are now using the high-resolution waveform data to look in the other direction – to see in detail what is happening in the grid. By combining their areas of expertise with machine learning, the companies are able to create a real-time, responsive view of the secondary electric grid.

This methodology is being piloted in collaboration with multinational utility National Grid, a long-time partner to both companies.

"Sense and Utilidata have developed technologies that are intrinsic to our ability to deliver safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to our customers," says Carlos Nouel, Vice President of Smart Solutions at National Grid. "The integration of these two technologies can demonstrate the value of real time data and enable us to optimize how we operate the system. Having this information will allow us to be even more customer-centric, responsive, and reliable."

In the partnership, Utilidata's software will analyze Sense's high-resolution data to produce a digital twin of the secondary electric grid. Because the model draws on real-time, high-resolution data and machine learning, it responds to changing conditions and will also detect and forecast grid performance, including the variable activity of distributed energy resources (DERs).

For this reason, say the companies, the digital twin enables unprecedented levels of grid visibility while offering a path toward the seamless integration of DERs, the successful accommodation of growing numbers of electric vehicles (EVs), and sophisticated scenario modeling.

Marissa Hummon, Chief Technology Officer of Utilidata says, "We are currently at an inflection point, where the increasing, rapid customer


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