Driving energy intelligence for smart grids creates new opportunities

Driving energy intelligence

Making grids smarter with energy intelligence creates new opportunities in a changing ecosystem. The Siemens Xcelerator for Grids portfolio supports the digital transformation of power utilities so they can provide society with sustainable and affordable energy.
Smart grids for power utilities

Energy intelligence for a more adaptable, sustainable power grid

Smart grids use digital technologies and IoT solutions to intelligently respond and adapt to changes in the grid. Infusing energy intelligence with the Siemens Xcelerator for Grids portfolio is the key to leveraging the data in the grid. This allows operators to make grid operation more reliable, cost-efficient, flexible, safer and therefore sustainable.

Staying ahead of change

Our lives and the way we do business depends on a sustainable energy supply. But decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization are leading to a radical transformation of the energy landscape. Increasing integration of power from renewable sources also poses challenges to power grids.

 

Despite all these changes, participants in the energy system still need to maintain grid stability, ensure power quality, enable sector coupling, deal with aging assets, and reduce costs. Bringing energy intelligence to the grid not only helps master these challenges, it also generates new opportunities to increase asset and cybersecurity, efficiently balance generation and demand, and create new revenue streams.

Master the digital transformation

The digital solutions from our Siemens Xcelerator for Grids portfolio connect the real and digital worlds and IT with OT. This is how we integrate intelligence across the energy value chain – in planning, operations, and maintenance.

 

Siemens Xcelerator for Grids is coupled with our extensive domain expertise. We support the energy industry as a partner with connected hardware and software and also with in-depth consulting to master the complexities of its digital transformation. Our co-creation approach is essential: No single company can tackle all the challenges alone, so we’ve teamed up with thousands of partners in a growing ecosystem that benefits every participant.

Turn market requirements into competitive advantages

Keeping the balance of power generation and consumption throughout the grid is essential to ensure a stable frequency of the grid. Power from renewables and prosumers also needs to contribute to grid stability, which is made possible by permanent monitoring and active load management.

Sensitive production equipment requires optimal power quality. Power quality needs to be continuously measured and analyzed so that unexpected risks can be detected early on. The key is precise knowledge of local system conditions.

The ongoing digitalization and networking of assets also increases the risk of cyberattacks, which calls for a profound cyber security strategy, embedded security features in devices, and certified solution frameworks.

As the energy systems are changing, traditional business models are affected, too. Optimizing CAPEX and OPEX with the help of for example asset optimization, digital planning and simulation, and customizable financing solutions are ways to stay competitive.

Instead of replacing weak or aging assets, it's often reasonable to support the grid infrastructure with local generation and storage, optimized asset performance, and continuous condition monitoring of assets to prevent faults. Replacing outdated assets with new ones is facilitated through tailored financing solutions that meet any project requirements.

Distributed energy resources (DER) such as renewable energy, combined heat and power, and storage systems together with sophisticated energy management help increase independence of the main grid and enable active participation in the energy market.

Modern energy systems benefit from renewable sources and integrated storage solutions to achieve an even more ecofriendly power generation. An energy intelligent infrastructure is capable of managing multi-directional power flows and highly volatile power generation.

The transformation of energy systems opens up new opportunities for all parties in the energy ecosystem. Utilities and municipalities can for example benefit from sector coupling, industrial companies can become prosumers and sell excess energy to the energy market.

The integration of heating and cooling in buildings, transportation, and industry into the electricity system helps move from fossil to renewable sources.

Our portfolio for power utilities

An energy-intelligent offering

Using our deep domain knowledge of electrification and our pioneering digital solutions, we’ve created a comprehensive portfolio for all participants in the energy system. It combines our state-of-the-art hardware portfolio with digital solutions from our Xcelerator for Grids portfolio that connects the physical and digital worlds and IT with OT.

Consulting and planning

Electrical substations

Get the most out of substations

Substations are an integral component of power grids. Their digitalization enables energy transition with speed, flexibility and availability.

Renewables management

Optimize renewable energy sources

Intelligent hardware and software help to integrate renewable sources. The offering ranges from inverters to transformers and from demand management to virtual power plants.

Distributed energy solutions

Take control of your energy supply

Market-specific local energy solutions for a secure supply and cost and CO₂ reduction.

Energy storage

Energy storage solutions for any requirements

Energy storage solutions for industry, infrastructure, and private individuals: fast, flexible and reliable.

EV charging infrastructure

Electromobility

Solutions for AC/DC charging, depot charging, and for optimizing the power grid so it can handle the effects of the increasing number of electric vehicles.

Cybersecurity

A matter of trust

Cyber security solutions comprise product security, system security, and operational security, tailored to the requirements of energy systems.

Financing

Financing tomorrow's infrastructure

Staying at the competitive edge during the transformation of energy systems requires investments. Siemens combines technology and financing expertise for tailored financing solutions.

Siemens Xcelerator for Grids at a glance

Siemens Xcelerator for Grids is our ecosystem of solutions and partners that’s built on our unique digital business platform. It represents our complete open, digital, and interoperable portfolio of development and engineering offerings, digital services, and connected IoT-enabled hardware and edge devices.
Grid software

Siemens grid software enables grid operators and industry and infrastructure companies to accelerate and secure the energy transition in a sustainable and profitable way. Grid software connects the physical and the digital worlds with an integrated OT and IT landscape – based on the design principles of modularity, openness, user-centricity, interoperability, and resilience.

IoT applications

Siemens offers a suite of IoT applications for power distribution that help TSOs, DSOs, and industry and infrastructure customers reduce energy costs, CO₂ emissions, and operations and maintenance costs; increase uptime and resilience; extend the lifetime of assets like switchgear, transformers, and motors; ensure cybersecurity through automated patch management; and much more.

Consulting and service

With the multitude of challenges the utility industry is facing today, it needs a partner that delivers innovative solutions for your business. We work with our customers to overcome today’s obstacles: from the growing demand and integrating renewable and distributed energy sources to the fluctuating market and regulatory uncertainties.

Safety and security

When it comes to people or assets protection, preserving business continuity, compliance or increasing business resiliency and efficiency, we have the right solutions to meet your security and safety needs regardless the size of your business or type of market you operate in. To this end, we provide IoT-enabled access control, video surveillance management and fire protection products and applications that maximize the transparency and efficiency of danger management processes.

eMobility charging management

As a one-stop shop for eMobility charging infrastructure, Siemens offers the entire spectrum of state-of-the-art AC and DC charging hardware as well as software and services from residential and commercial and depot applications. With Siemens’ domain expertise in smart buildings and smart grids, we’re uniquely positioned to meet the needs of our customers with full-fledged solutions and support them in developing, installing, and managing sustainable charging solutions – for a better tomorrow.

Siemens Xcelerator – Accelerating the digital transformation

Siemens Xcelerator is our open digital business platform enabling efficiency, resiliency, flexibility, user experience, and sustainability. Making digital transformation easier, with faster time to market, and at scale.

It comprises:

  • a curated, modular portfolio of software and IOT-enabled hardware built on standard application programming interfaces and a range of services from Siemens and certified third parties
  • a growing ecosystem of partners – from solution vendors to technology partners
  • a marketplace, that will grow over time, as a central point to explore, educate, exchange and transact alongside a community of customers, partners, and developers

With clear technical and commercial governance based on highest standards and values, we facilitate co-creation and collaboration between partners, customers and developers. Together, we can accelerate your digital transformation!

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