GPM7 Dispatch and Monitoring

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Energy Dispatch Solutions for the UK including EDT, EDL, Wider Access and TERRE

Participation in balancing and reserve markets is increasingly important for maximising revenue from power generation units and consumption units. Siemens GPM7 allows generating companies, aggregators and suppliers to access the Balancing Mechanism and TERRE to access these revenue streams quickly and easily.

 

The Siemens GPM7 solution also provides a comprehensive suite of supporting tools including energy contract notifications, capacity reporting, contract management and settlement. It employs various interfaces between GPM7 and National Grid ESO, Elexon, plant metering, plant control systems and other customer systems.

Access to the Balancing Mechanism via EDT and EDL

Since its introduction, the UK Balancing Mechanism has provided substantial additional revenue to large power generation sites. Changes in the generation mix, the introduction of the National Grid Wider Access programme and the TERRE platform for accessing the European reserve exchange in December 2019 will substantially change the volume and flexibility of power available through these means. This presents great opportunities for companies with total flexible power generation assets above 1MW. GPM7 provides a platform for trading this power.

Monitoring

Your ability to trade in the Balancing Mechanism and TERRE will be greatly improved if you can monitor the power being generated and compare that to your market commitments. GPM7 provides extensive calculation and monitoring facilities so you can see what is happening across your whole fleet and take action where necessary. It’s rule-based alerts will notify you when significant events occur.

Flexibility

Flexibility of generation is a key requirement for exploiting revenue in the Balancing Mechanism and TERRE. GPM7 reflects this flexibility by being adaptable to any type of generation, ranging from behind- the-meter battery systems to large thermal generation. The variety of ready-to-use interfaces provided by GPM7 allows many different data sources to be connected and processed simultaneously. Continuous metering data can be compared to generation targets at any level within your organization, from components of individual assets to whole company. This flexibility also allows aggregation of small plant so that it can be traded in the Balancing Mechanism or TERRE. Depending on your existing systems, GPM7 can be run as a full standalone solution or as an automated server solution which connects into your organisation’s existing user apps.

Connectivity and Integration

The interfaces available for GPM7 allow you to connect to a variety of metering, trading and risk management, fleet optimization and other operational systems. GPM7 can bring this data together to give you insight into your asset performance historically and in real time. Siemens' extensive experience of asset control systems means that GPM7 has dedicated interfaces for connection to many existing SCADA and DCS systems, allowing you to control all your assets remotely with minimal intervention. A web service API also allows fully automated, seamless two way integration between GPM7 and your other systems.

Personalisation

GPM7 provides facilities for customizing the layout and content of the displayed data. You can create and modify new display screens using a drag-and-drop approach, so that information is always presented in a way that meets your exact needs. You can also adjust the position and size of any screen element directly, and navigation between assets and data screens is quick and easy.

Balancing of Different Generation Types

GPM7 is flexible enough to provide the right tools for small and large generation assets of all types. It is used extensively for managing wind farms, distributed generators, grid scale batteries, gas peaking plants and large thermal generators. From December 2019, the new Wider Access interface will allow smaller units to connect at lower cost than previously possible.

Standards Compliance

GPM7 is certified by National Grid ESO for EDL and EDT communications. Its interfaces to Elexon, plant control systems, metering systems and other third party systems are in constant productive use and have been extended and developed over many years. Its web service API is W3C compliant. 

Contract Notification and Settlements

In addition to GPM7’s support for Balancing Mechanism and TERRE information, Siemens provides solutions for energy contract notification and settlements processes. These solutions connect to Elexon to receive and send ECVN, MVRN, SAA and CDCA data flows. Ancillary Service settlements is provided for frequency response, reactive power and Balancing Mechanism STOR services.

Cloud Based Solution

GPM7 is available either as an on-premise installation or as a completely hosted solution, provided from a fully certified, secure datacentre in Manchester, UK. The hosted solution includes managed EDL, EDT and Elexon interfaces which reduces the cost and time taken to implement these. The Siemens Hosted GPM7 solution can cut the lead time for a Balancing Mechanism connected system down from 6 months to a couple of weeks. Note that because of the market rules, this solution is not available to all types of generation, and the Elexon and National Grid ESO registration processes must still be followed by the market participant.

Comprehensive Support and Maintenance

Our team of UK based developers, testers and IT engineers are on hand to respond quickly to any application queries, faults or change requests. Our flexible support and maintenance packages can be individually designed for your needs, with choices covering hardware support, 24/7/365 helpdesk, SLA performance guarantees and integration with your own tools and processes. Our support activities conform to ITIL standards in order to provide the best possible quality of response, and performance reports are provided to ensure transparency. We especially pride ourselves on speed of response and domain knowledge, so you can rely on us to keep you running with minimal disruption.

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Kevin Kennedy is the IT director for Energy Solutions and Energy Infrastructure at ENGIE in the UK, an energy and services company.

“One attraction is the product’s modular design which means it can scale with our organisation: if we add an asset, or need to remove one, we can do so very easily. That flexibility is very important to our business. The relationship with the Siemens team has always been a very positive one. We’ve done a lot of system integration work together and it’s gone extremely well. We can bounce ideas off them and have open two-way discussions. They appreciate our needs and have been very accommodating; it feels like a partnership. They understand the constraints and pressures we’re under and help us to work through them. Companies are about individuals. The Siemens team is a very stable one and the relationship goes back many years. We work together very well.”

One attraction is the product’s modular design which means it can scale with our organisation: if we add an asset, or need to remove one, we can do so very easily. That flexibility is very important to our business.
Kevin Kennedy IT director for Energy Solutions and Energy Infrastructure at ENGIE in the UK

Yadu Saxena is a software support engineer at Avanade, the business technology solutions and managed services provider used by Centrica for IT support for its energy trading platform. The platform is key to Centrica’s growing midstream business.

“We have regular calls with Siemens to discuss any application issues that might have arisen over the last couple of weeks. Having a regular dialogue with the

Siemens support engineers is really valuable. They’re extremely knowledgeable and so whatever issues we’ve seen they understand very well and will suggest how  we can resolve them. If there’s an occasion when we have an urgent issue that our own team can’t fix, then we have the security of knowing the Siemens 24/7 helpline provides constant support. Having that dedicated helpline works really well. The Siemens engineers are very responsive and understand our business. That makes our lives easier.”

We have regular calls with Siemens to discuss any application issues that might have arisen over the last couple of weeks. Having a regular dialogue with the Siemens support engineers is really valuable. They’re extremely knowledgeable and so whatever issues we’ve seen they understand very well and will suggest how we can resolve them. 
Yadu Saxena, software support engineer at Avanade
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