Covid-19 lessons for the power grid : Page 3 of 4

July 03, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Dr Shuli Goodman, executive director of LF Energy on power grid standards
Dr Shuli Goodman, executive director of LF Energy, talks to Nick Flaherty about the lessons the power grid industry can learn from Covid-19 to tackle the climate crisis with open source
our ability to move people, ideas, products and services that is essential but it has also demonstrated that a part of that is problematic.

“What I am focused on is capacity building. The Confidence Maturity Model (CMM) has been used in software development for decades and that shows the ability to achieve a complex vision is directly proportional to the capacity of the organisation. Here we have a really complex vision and we need to build the foundation for that vision.”

“My second priority is membership and then the software,” she said.

Membership is a key issue as the large equipment and power grid system developers are currently missing from the list. “GE’s membership is just coming through and I am encouraging them to participate whether or not they are members. So I say to Sunrun, Siemens, Schneider Electric, let’s do something and trust that it will grow. When one is in uncertainty the thing that really kills you is doubt. Ultimately trust is the thing that will lead you through.”

LF Energy is already working with GE Renewable Energy, Schneider Electric, RET and ALliander on the Digital Substation Automation Systems (DSAS) initiative to enhance the modularity, interoperability and scalability of the power grid to accelerate the global effort toward carbon neutrality by 2050.

The first project under DSAS, is CoMPAS, or Configuration Modules for Power industry Automation Systems. This aims to deploy modern, open-source technology, digital substations that can more efficiently adjust to changes in power supply and demand through expanded dynamic protection settings, better data management capabilities and increased adaptive automation functions.

A more efficient power grid will increasingly integrate more solutions on the edge of the power grid, such as decentralized physical infrastructure assets, network or control, applications and analytics. Transforming our power grid represents one of the great opportunities for mitigating the climate crisis.

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