Utility asset management teams are responsible for ensuring sufficient capacity in distribution systems. They manage assets including substation transformers, step down transformers, conductors, and power cables. To accurately develop asset replacement plans, it is essential to have accurate load data for each asset and identify overloading. Sentient Energy’s Grid Analytics system can provide the necessary load information for data-driven asset management decisions.
The Sentient Energy Grid Analytics SystemTM
How It Works
Sentient Energy line sensors are deployed at asset locations to capture accurate load levels on these assets. With this data, utility planners can identify overloaded assets that should be replaced sooner.
Substation transformers – Sentient Energy’s MM3ai overhead sensors are easily deployed just outside substations on feeder lines to measure the loading of the substation transformers.
2. Step-down transformers – Sentient Energy’s overhead and underground sensors are installed at step-down transformers on feeders and laterals. The sensors capture load data that is aggregated in our Ample software platform which has APIs to integrate with utility SCADA and ADMS systems. Since the UM1 is installed inside a URD transformer cabinet it can monitor both primary and secondary sides to identify overload conditions.
3. Conductors and power cables – Sentient Energy’s line sensors are installed at the beginning of conductor segments. Sensor load data creates an accurate profile of the loading on the conductor.
With system load data at asset locations, utility planners have more data to better understand asset health for transformers, conductors, and power cables. Asset overloading can be identified and factored into asset management plans.