Digital Substation Market 2022-2028 |Top Trends, Growth Opportunity & Regional Outlook
Through the utilization of digital twin technology, interconnected substations have been able to share information, increasing situational awareness and operational efficiency of the grid.
The novel COVID-19 pandemic has quickened the pace of digital transformation worldwide. As a result, digital substations have been gaining remarkable traction and emerging as a virtual bridge between the physical and digital worlds, which offer a way to efficiently meet the substation inspection requirements during the pandemic.
Through the utilization of digital twin technology, interconnected substations have been able to share information, increasing situational awareness and operational efficiency of the grid. The significant transition of the grid towards touchless asset management could therefore add impetus to the digital substation market outlook, which registered remuneration worth over $6.5 billion in 2021, as per a GMI report.
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With the growing awareness about the efficiency of digital substation architecture, electric power transmission and energy systems providers are rapidly authorizing the production of new systems and designing new projects, with 5 examples listed below:
- Power Grid’s 400-kV digital substation in India
Powered by the IEC 61850 process bus-based solutions for substation automation systems, the first 400-kV digital substation was commissioned in India by an electric power transmission system provider, Power Grid, in December 2020. With the commissioning of this new machine at Malerkotla, Punjab, the company became one of the few utilities worldwide to retrofit a whole substation with digital technology.
- Constellation project for automatic network reconfiguration
To allow more renewables to be integrated into the grid, ABB and UK Power Networks unveiled Constellation, a digital substation protection and control project in May 2021. This project was introduced to increase the intelligence of substations at a local level and make them capable of analyzing millions of data points, as well as automatically reconfiguring the network to enable the flow of higher volumes of electricity. The project has also received funding through the NIC (Network Innovation Competition) of Ofgem for the development of a software-orientated wide area protection system.
- Rehabilitation of Paknaan substation in Mandaue City
As a part of the commitment to offer quality service and reliable power to customers, Visayan Electric Company Inc. energized its first digital power substation, Paknaan, within the franchise area in November 2021. The rehabilitation of the substation along the Cebu North Road, Mandaue City, was expected to be completed in 2020, which was initially pushed back due to COVID-19 challenges. Geared towards improving the overall network protection and reliability, this latest initiative could increase the popularity of digital substation design and pave the way for the rehabilitation of other substations in the region.
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- Grid Solutions’ 225-kV substation to boost energy transition in Senegal
An electricity company in Senegal, Senelec, has established a distribution and transmission grid reinforcement, expansion and reliability enhancement program slated to be completed by the teams of VINCI Energies West Africa. In line with this, in September 2021, Grid Solutions commissioned the first-ever digital high-voltage substation in Thiès, Senegal. This 225-kV substation has emerged as a key enabler of the energy transition, with advanced functionalities and a reduced footprint of up to 50%.
- Efacec’s $11.2M digital substation to meet energy demand
To increasingly meet the escalating energy demand across the Medio Mundo region, Enel Peru announced an $11.2 million digital substation project in March 2021. The new substation was delivered under the grid Automation, Protection, and Control deal signed with Efacec. The project was designed to help Enel improve the electricity services quality for over 100,000 homes in Norte Chico de Lima, which could contribute to the progress of the digital substation market in the region.
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