Siemens Provides Solutions for Distributed Generation and Integrating Renewables into the Grid

The increasing demand for energy will need to be managed to a greater extent by renewable sources to protect the climate and conserve ever-scarcer natural energy resources. The Smart Grid enables smart generation by tapping into the potential of wind and solar power as well as geothermal energy, clean coal, energy storage and micro-turbine technologies. Successful integration of distributed and renewable generation relies heavily on effective planning and operation. The output of renewable generation (such as wind turbines or photovoltaic (PV) units) is highly intermittent with comparably few full-load hours, and it is difficult to predict. Siemens offers solutions for smart generation that make access to energy more dependable, consistent and sustainable.

 

Energy Storage

Although for the most part not commercially proven, energy storage technologies have garnered strong attention for their potential to support power grids at all levels from generation-transmission (large-scale, bulk storage) to distribution and customer facilities.

The real value of energy storage resides in understanding the state of existing and developing storage technologies and their potential applications.

Some energy storage applications and benefits include:

  • Reduced cost of new capacity and capital deferral by peak-load shaving

  • Frequency regulation, spin reserve and other ancillary services

  • Integration of intermittent renewable generation

  • Management of transmission congestion

  • Voltage support and power factor correction

  • Reliability improvement and planned islanding

  • Load management at customer facilities and time-of-use (TOU) rate avoidance

  • Enabling integration of EVs

  • Energy management of microgrids


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