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With the rapid adoption of renewable energy generation, demand response programs and distributed generation resources, the conventional one-way flow of energy from producers to consumers, i.e., the ‘generation follows load’ paradigm is being transformed into the new ‘load follows generation’. As existing grid structures are not designed to handle reversible energy flows, additional monitoring, control, and automation capabilities are needed to ensure safe, reliable and stable grid operation. The increasing convergence of information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT) is expected to give grid operators real-time situational awareness and enable intelligent and self-healing grid operation.

However, with increasing number of intelligent sensors and devices deep in the grid, the quantity, quality and frequency of data that must be handled and processed also increases exponentially. An overarching modernization program to meet these challenges is obviously capital intensive and complex. Utilities not only need to reduce these modernization costs and sustain their aging infrastructure, the pressing need to create additional value is also driven by falling revenues as a result of regulatory changes, energy efficiency measures and increased competition from new market entrants.

Utilities need to question and adapt their existing infrastructure landscape as well as their future technology deployment plans. Sincere consideration needs to be given to the convergence of IT-OT to overcome the challenges created by data silos along different utility domains. Instead we strive to enable utilities to explore the opportunities provided by disruptive changes and unlock their full potential. This shall enable utilities to unlock the value of grid data and pursue reliable and efficient operations.

Together with our utility customers we strive to unlock their future value creation through:

Technology reference architectures
We have a thorough understanding of the technical imperatives and economic implications of grid modernization faced by our customers. In our vision, advances in data science, analytics, and complex event processing provide the key levers that turn the data flood from new sensors into meaningful insights for value-oriented decision-making. Using the Siemens Functional Reference Architecture, we help utilities analyze their technology base, evaluate their future technical requirements and design comprehensive technology roadmaps.

With a congested vendor landscape for different technologies, issues of compatibility, scalability and servicing are of utmost importance when designing the technology roadmap of a utility’s future grid. For this reason, the Siemens Functional Reference Architecture is designed around a completely product-agnostic and technology-neutral vision that focuses on precise technical ‘functionalities’ organized into classes and sub-classes. By providing a common terminology and lexicon, the Siemens Functional Reference Architecture describes different technical functionalities in their precise context, enables building use-cases with minimum ambiguity, and allows designing executable technology implementation roadmaps. The full spectrum of the Siemens Functional Reference Architecture is defined in terms of four reference layers based on typical communication data flows and complexity hierarchy:

  1. Field Layer
  2. Primary Analytics Layer
  3. Operational Analytics & Management Layer
  4. Enterprise Management Layer

A customized reference architecture provides our customers with a snapshot in time of their technology base, an evaluation of technical requirements for the future grid, and an assessment of the effort need to meet those requirements. The technology reference architectures we construct for our customers are not only in keeping with international best-practice benchmarks, they also provide precise guidance on designing and implementing technology roadmaps with a value-oriented view and in a cost-effective manner.

Data and event reference models
Coming Soon.
IT-OT architecture management
Coming Soon.
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