Siemens is making it possible for utilities and power grid operators to gain deeper insights into their smart grid data. For this, Siemens has added a big data option to EnergyIP Analytics, an application that runs on Siemens' highly scalable EnergyIP smart grid application platform. The Analytics application now uses various big data options for the data-intensive processes used to administer smart meter gateways and meter data processing for external market participants on the German market. This includes the analysis of complex data patterns for the identification of energy theft, the identification of vulnerable or overloaded devices and plants in the distribution network, and the creation of load forecasts for different levels in the distribution grid based on finely granulated meter data.
EnergyIP Analytics thus provides a solid foundation for all analytical applications on Siemens' smart grid application platform with selected Business Intelligence (BI) reports and comprehensive programming interfaces (API). Information from different sources is prepared, combined, and presented for the analysis in BI reports. A BI report allows users to visualize and understand complex data or issues and to use that information to derive corresponding measures. In addition, EnergyIP Analytics enables the evaluation of supply quality at individual metering points with a focus on grid areas and devices with poor power quality indicators. The standard BI reports from EnergyIP Analytics support applications such as end customer consumption load analysis, grid load analysis, power failure analysis, grid incident analysis, the analysis of unassignable consumption (energy that cannot be assigned to any customer), as well as the analysis of distributed energy resources.
Development of EnergyIP Analytics incorporated the expertise of over 50 Siemens customers with a total of 28 million installed smart meters, the worldwide operation of 1.4 million Siprotec protection devices from Siemens and 1,400 installations of Spectrum Power, the network control system from Siemens, as well as evaluations of hundreds of studies about energy management in energy technology for insightful BI reports and Analytics applications. Siemens is continuing to develop the data analysis tool on an ongoing basis. Plans for future versions include new standard BI reports, the support of selected business intelligence tools, as well as export opportunities to third-party software vendors.