Defining a Digitalization Concept for Electricity Distribution Network Maintenance

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Paper number
1080
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CIRED 2019
Conference date
3-6 June 2019
Conference location
Madrid, Spain
Peer-reviewed
Yes
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Ihonen, Turo, Elenia Oy, Finland
Salovaara, Pauliina, Elenia Oy, Finland
Niemi, Henri, Elenia Oy, Finland
Abstract
The possibilities of utilizing the most modern digital solutions in distribution network maintenance are rapidly becoming more and more viable. In this paper a plan for a new digitalization concept is described. The concept is created at Elenia Oy (Elenia) the second largest distribution system operator (DSO) in Finland and is concept being currently demonstrated with ongoing pilot projects.For a long time, there has been an ambition to enhance the utilization of different information sources for optimizing distribution network maintenance and to move from time- or condition-based maintenance schemes towards predictive maintenance. The concept was created in a way that the level of needed investments in new ICT-systems and equipment will remain in an acceptable level. The global megatrends like decreasing communications costs, cloud computing and cloud data storage as well as affordable sensors are one of the key enablers.The digitalization concept consists of two additional layers embedded on top of traditional network automation i.e. network monitoring and control. The two additional layers are data-analytics combining information from many sources internal to the DSO and in the future also enriched with other information sources as well as utilizing internet of things (IoT) philosophy sensors to provide new condition analytics measurements from network components.The future research concerning maintenance digitalization will concentrate with several industry partners on developing new methods for data analytics and machine learning as well as on how to utilize existing sensor technology for improving maintenance efficiency.
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AIM
Date
2019-06-03
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https://cired-repository.org/handle/20.500.12455/281
http://dx.doi.org/10.34890/505
ISSN
2032-9644
ISBN
978-2-9602415-0-1