Top Four Takeaways from DistribuTECH 2018
DistribuTECH 2018 was a great opportunity for energy industry leaders, utilities, technology companies, and service providers to explore the future of the power delivery sector. OATI experts were able to share knowledge, network, and engage in compelling discussions with participants and attendees in an effort to transform the business of energy.
For those who missed out, here’s our top four takeaways from DistribuTECH 2018:
Real-Time IoT Data
OATI presented and monitored real-time Internet of Things (IoT) device data from a distribution network. The generation heat map included in our Grid 4.0™ demo was exciting for attendees and it helped them visualize the generation from Distributed Energy Resource (DER) assets.
Microgrids as DER Asset
OATI demonstrated a real scenario of how microgrid technology can be an excellent Distributed Energy Resource (DER) asset. The scenario provided a viewpoint of both the asset-owner and utility operator. As microgrid development is growing, many utilities and regulators are beginning to use them as Non-Wires Alternatives (NWAs) to resolving capacity challenges at the grid edge. With OATI’s microgrid energy management system — GridMind — as well as DERMS, utilities can determine the impacts and economic value of microgrids in their footprint and how to use them for ancillary services or resiliency nodes.
Utilities Need Data
Even with detailed planning on a residential and distribution level, especially with consumer-side DER assets like solar panels, it is important for utilities to have real-time operations data. This real-time operations data needs to aggregate many data sources together and present the data efficiently.
Feasible Grid Modernization Solutions for Utilities
Many utilities still lack some of the basic distribution awareness and rely on legacy systems. To better prepare for and maximize the emerging distributed energy resources, utilities need a robust Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS). OATI is well-positioned to provide planning, consulting, and deployment of grid modernization solutions to utilities due to our history of innovation and extensive expertise. Its flagship DERMS infrastructure — webSmartEnergy DERMS — is also already helping utilities minimize DER risks while maximizing the opportunities created with DER.
OATI had a great location at DistribuTECH 2018 and many attendees visited our booth. We look forward to seeing more attendees at the DistribuTECH 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Check out our TechAdvantage 2018 blog to read about our featured solutions or email TechAdvantage@oati.net.
If you missed OATI at DistribuTECH 2018 but would like to learn more about the products featured, email DistribuTECH@oati.net.