TREFOR selects Utiligize’s Asset Life to monitor and predict grid loading
9 December 2021
TREFOR El-net has chosen Utiligize’s software, Asset Life, to provide a complete overview of their current network loading and forecast of future loading considering different green transition scenarios.
Aggressive decarbonization goals are quickly changing energy systems and making it critical for infrastructure operators to have a continually updated overview of the current network loading and up-to-date investment plans. Utility assets have a lifetime of 50-70 years, so it’s important that network upgrades invested in today can handle the future challenge of decarbonization.
“We have chosen Utiligize as our supplier because they understand the challenges we are facing, and their solution uses start-of-the-art technology to process the huge amount of data required for accurate results. At TREFOR El-net we believe that the solution will provide qualified upgrade decisions at the right time. It’s incredibly important that we ensure high reliability, while not over- or under-investing in our electric grid”, said Ole Søgaard, Head of Grid Planning at TREFOR El-net.
Loading in the distribution grid is expected to double over the coming decades as heating and transport is electrified. TREFOR El-net will use Utiligize’s SaaS to create an overview of their components’ current and future loading with different growth and geographical patterns for electric vehicles, heat pumps, solar panels, and industrial electrification, so that potential hotspots in the grid can be identified.
Continuous calculations based on the latest smart meter data and technical parameters from Geographic Information System (GIS) databases facilitate accurate simulations of the grid at all voltage levels, resulting in intelligent priority lists for components that should be upgraded or replaced. These priority lists will support Network Development Plans that all European DSOs must submit to their national regulator from 2023 onwards.
TREFOR El-net services 150.000 customers in their electric distribution grid. TREFOR El-net is the grid supplier for the industry-heavy triangle-area of Jutland, maintaining assets worth 1.5 B DKK and investing 2-300 M DKK annually in its grid.