How can biomimicry benefit power distribution networks ?

dc.contributor.affiliationSchneider Electric
dc.contributor.affiliationSchneider Electric
dc.contributor.authorBarbarin, Georges
dc.contributor.authorSchmitt, Pierre-Michael
dc.contributor.detailedauthorBarbarin, Georges, Schneider Electric, France
dc.contributor.detailedauthorSchmitt, Pierre-Michael, Schneider Electric, France June 2019
dc.description.abstractWhat do human biology and electrical power distribution systems have in common? Perhaps surprisingly, quite a lot. These similarities can inspire electrical distribution networks’ design and management and risk minimization efforts. To understand why biomimicry helps utilities build smarter electrical substations, consider the functions of the human body.Our bodies are innately designed to mitigate the danger of a shutdown (death), run optimally, self maintain, and protect themselves from risk to give us the best chance of continued operation (life). Electrical distribution equipment and networks are designed in the same way, so employing biomimicry for switchgear modernization and maintenance and in the deployment of sensors and connected substation technology makes sense.The central nervous system integrates information from the entire body to coordinate activity, while the peripheral nervous system acts as a relay that connects the central nervous system to the limbs and organs.Likewise, an analogous ecosystem in the electrical distribution context also has similar layers that must communicate with each other. There’s the physical grid – the hardware, equipment, and assets in operation in the field – that is capable of upstream communication. This is fundamental for the grid’s survival and operations and functions much like a human heart. At the next level is edge control – systems that connect to, coordinate, and manage the way field equipment works – similar to how the autonomic nervous system communicates with downstream organs. At the highest position are the grid apps, analytics, and services that function like the brain
dc.description.conferencelocationMadrid, Spain
dc.description.conferencenameCIRED 2019
dc.description.sessionDSO business environment enabling digitalization and energy transition
dc.description.sessionidSession 6
dc.relation.ispartProc. of the 25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 2019)
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCIRED Conference Proceedings
dc.titleHow can biomimicry benefit power distribution networks ?
dc.typeConference Proceedings
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