Solution engineering

Managing system change

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 has experienced a revolution.   The “generation follows load” paradigm – is being transformed into a new system of “load follows generation.” Existing grid structures aren’t designed to handle reversible energy flows to ensure safe, reliable, and stable grid operation additional monitoring, control, and automation capabilities are  needed.

Increase your operational efficiency: turn grid data into value

The increasing convergence of information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT) is expected to give grid operators real-time situational awareness. It also enables intelligent and self-healing grid operation. However there is an increasing number of intelligent sensors and devices deep in the grid. The quantity, quality, and frequency of data that needs to be managed and processed is also increasing exponentially. An overarching modernization program to meet these challenges is obviously capital-intensive and complex. Utilities not only need to minimize these modernization costs and sustain their aging infrastructure; there is also a pressing need to create additional value. This is 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.

Operators need to give the convergence of IT-OT serious consideration. This is paramount in order to overcome the challenges created by data silos along different utility domains.

We are striving to enable utilities to explore the opportunities provided by disruptive change and exploit their full potential. This will allow them to unlock the value of grid data and conduct reliable and efficient operations.

Together we strive to unlock your future value creation through:

Capability architecture management – creating technology roadmaps ready for implementation

Advances in data science, analytics, and complex event processing are the key drivers. They turn the data flood from new sensors into meaningful insights for value-oriented decision-making. Using our functional reference architecture, we help you analyze your technology base, evaluate the future technical requirements for the future grid, and design comprehensive technology roadmaps to meet those requirements.

To avoid issues of compatibility, scalability, and servicing, our functional reference architecture is designed around a completely product-agnostic and technology-neutral vision. It focuses on precise technical “functionalities” organized into classes and sub-classes. By providing a common terminology and lexicon, our functional reference architecture describes different technical functionalities in their precise context. It enables use-cases to be created with minimum ambiguity, and allows executable technology implementation roadmaps to be designed.

Data and event reference models – optimizing data usage for value creation

When it comes to information technologies (IT), there are many challenges to be taken into consideration: a parallel and uncoordinated system landscape. Intransparency on data and event information flows and process interrelation. Not to mention the risk of significant cost overrun to maintain and extend system landscape.

To increase the integration of IT in the OT network we help you to gain transparency on how data is driving business operations. In order to benefit from synergies for optimal development one action is essential: creating an organization-wide common understanding about this integration. And we are by your side for the analysis and redesign of data processing, data handling and data usage procedures of your utility. With our offer of concerning data and event reference models, we support you to optimize your system operation and maintenance. Together we enable interoperability between systems, and unlock opportunities for value creation.

Cyber security consulting – ensuring a secure and reliable power supply

Secure IT networks are the backbone of society – especially the of the ones that run power systems. If their integrity is compromised, the consequences can be disastrous. Cyber security is an ongoing journey where you need to follow a well-defined path and a trustworthy partner who uses a comprehensive approach. Our consulting offers manufacturer-independent advice, and we know the ins and outs of the energy domain as well as the existing infrastructure and smart grid networks of our customers. Our experts also have a wide range of energy automation, IT, and cyber security domain expertise (for example with NERC-CIP compliance). That's how we’re able to offer you turnkey solutions for the entire value chain. Our consulting approach considers all elements of your company:

  • ­People: Awareness and understanding of cyber security needs and requirements
  • ­Processes: Requirements on products/systems, operations, and organization covering the complete lifecycle
  • Technology: Supports the fulfillment of processes and achievement of the protection goals availability, integrity, confidentiality

We offer expert consulting for cyber security strategies, implementation support, and coaching to prepare utilities for certification and introducing Integrated Security Management Systems."

Thomas Gereke, Senior Management Consultant for Siemens Energy Business Advisory

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