Electricity storage is an essential component of smart grids and clean power systems. A well-defined, strategically organised storage system is key to addressing many of the trends network operators face. Trends like new consumer applications (e.g. electric vehicles), increased use of renewable energy sources (RES) and ‘bottom up’ scenarios where energy is fed into the grid from residential and utility areas. However, planning the best storage solution for a given network is no easy challenge as traditional grid optimisation tools don’t encompass storage.
Our PLATOS tool is different. Grid planners and operators can use it to better integrate energy storage into their grids. It helps you determine the optimal type, number, size and location of energy storage systems for your needs, giving you a recipe for placing storage units including the size and cost of each unit for optimal grid performance and finances. By reducing uncertainty, PLATOS ensures better planning decisions for a more reliable and consistent electricity supply in any situation.
With PLATOS, you can run multiple scenario analyses to compare various solutions. It can simulate an entire year of grid operation, varying input parameters such as the number of RES units and power demand profiles. Meanwhile “What-if” analyses let you compare compare alternative solutions like grid reinforcement and control strategies.
Ideal when planning and developing electricity grids with variable load and generation profiles, PLATOS can be used to alleviate grid problems or support energy trading. It is essential for improving grid reliability, by helping predict and prevent potential adverse grid situations such as overloads and voltage problems.
- Analyses different scenarios through simulation and comparison
- Provide the user with a comparison between grid reinforcement and energy storage
- Helps determine the circumstances under which grid violations occur, and which solutions are optimal from a technical and economic point of view
- Decision making support for grid investments 2.0
PLATOS was developed, in consultation with Dutch, German and Danish grid operators, by DNV GL and our partners in the NEMO (EU FP7) project: Fraunhofer ISE (Germany) and EMD International (Denmark).