Bringing digital revolution in power sector

  “A shift toward improved technology for automated component testing, online condition monitoring, and grid integration control can help solve these challenges,” Avichal Kulshrestha, Staff Technical Marketing Engineer, Certified LabVIEW Developer, National Instruments
Indian power sector is a huge industry that has an installed capacity of more than 270 GW currently. Yet it is a difficult task for this giant sector to always meet consumer needs because of the even larger demand generated by household consumers, agricultural installations and ever expanding industrial requirements. Apart from meeting these demands, the Indian power sector has heavy investment needs for maintenance and expansion.
Speaking on the major roadblocks for the Indian power sector, Avichal Kulshrestha, Staff Technical Marketing Engineer, Certified LabVIEW Developer, National Instruments says, “Traditional methods of power generation are continuously depleting our major source of power which is coal. Alternative methods of power generation like hydro, solar and wind are not at level to meet these increasing requirements in their current magnitude.”
Impacts on business sectorNational Instruments (NI) provides powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers in nearly every industry, from healthcare and automotive to consumer electronics and particle physics – use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve operations.
“NI does not depend heavily on the power sector directly but has a very active take on revitalising this sector as it forms the backbone of most of the industries today,” Kulshrestha says. Today, engineers and scientists worldwide are collaborating to create a smarter grid to improve grid integration of renewable energy sources, implement automated analytics, advance situation awareness, and improve overall energy efficiency. National Instruments offers design tools, test systems, and embedded deployment platforms giving these engineers the ability to rapidly explore new approaches, streamline discovery and production, and deploy their innovations in ruggedised measurement and control systems. Short term strategiesThe way electricity is transferred and distributed along the electric power grid needs to become more sophisticated. A conversion is needed. Software, networks, processors, and sensors need to work together to fuse and exchange information digitally, suggests Kulshrestha. Engineers and scientists are enhancing the transmission and distribution of power with distributed sensing technologies present throughout intelligent distributed systems. This improves the overall quality of power and allows for future-proofing and self-healing capabilities. This means reducing on a lot of maintenance cost and transferring power more reliably. “Integrating these technologies does not need a very heavy investment and therefore can be looked upon for an immediate measure to make the sector more reliable,” he suggests.
A bend towards renewable energyThe global demand for electric power is dramatically rising. It has become more important than ever to identify solutions to power generation challenges that will allow for increased power supply, improved energy efficiency, and advanced system reliability.
Factors such as an aging power grid infrastructure, increasing population growth, and the adoption of renewable power generation sources are driving electricity distribution companies to consider decentralised micro grid architectures that enable more fault-tolerant and scalable distributed generation.
Additionally, a shift toward renewable and alternative energy sources has introduced a greater need for enhanced energy storage technologies. Solar energy technologies, which harness the sun’s energy to generate electrical power, represent some of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy on the market today. On this note, Kulshrestha, comments, “Engineers and scientists worldwide are collaborating to lower the material costs of solar cells, increase the production efficiency of solar power plants, and create innovative solutions for applications based on photovoltaic and solar thermal collector technology.”
On the other end, the global adoption of wind energy as a reliable source for clean energy is rising. It has become more important for component manufacturers and turbine integrators to increase component production rate, improve system reliability, and overcome grid integration challenges to implement faster adoption of wind energy and ultimately global independence from oil- and coal-based energy sources. “A shift toward improved technology for automated component testing, online condition monitoring, and grid integration control can help solve these challenges,” Kulshrestha opines.
NI’s long- and short-term strategies “Advancements in embedded computing, sensing, and signal processing along with high-efficiency power electronics are rapidly changing the way we produce, transfer, and consume energy,” states Kulshrestha.
Energy is going digital and the technologies used to control and instrument energy systems are transitioning from analog to digital. NI supports the power sector in undergoing this digital revolution more smoothly. It provides the power sector with tools at multiple levels.
For automation of grid and making it smarter, NI provides scalable solutions which can be used for applications like smart meters, power quality analysers, remote terminal units, data concentrator units, and phasor measurement units. NI provides the LabVIEW RIO platform enabling engineers to design very powerful and efficient controllers for renewable energy sources. Energy storage systems (ESSs) and renewable energy sources are critical technologies that combine to create power generation and transportation.

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Bringing digital revolution in power sector

  “A shift toward improved technology for automated component testing, online condition monitoring, and grid integration control can help solve these challenges,” Avichal Kulshrestha, Staff Technical Marketing Engineer, Certified LabVIEW Developer, National Instruments
Indian power sector is a huge industry that has an installed capacity of more than 270 GW currently. Yet it is a difficult task for this giant sector to always meet consumer needs because of the even larger demand generated by household consumers, agricultural installations and ever expanding industrial requirements. Apart from meeting these demands, the Indian power sector has heavy investment needs for maintenance and expansion.
Speaking on the major roadblocks for the Indian power sector, Avichal Kulshrestha, Staff Technical Marketing Engineer, Certified LabVIEW Developer, National Instruments says, “Traditional methods of power generation are continuously depleting our major source of power which is coal. Alternative methods of power generation like hydro, solar and wind are not at level to meet these increasing requirements in their current magnitude.”
Impacts on business sectorNational Instruments (NI) provides powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers in nearly every industry, from healthcare and automotive to consumer electronics and particle physics – use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve operations.
“NI does not depend heavily on the power sector directly but has a very active take on revitalising this sector as it forms the backbone of most of the industries today,” Kulshrestha says. Today, engineers and scientists worldwide are collaborating to create a smarter grid to improve grid integration of renewable energy sources, implement automated analytics, advance situation awareness, and improve overall energy efficiency. National Instruments offers design tools, test systems, and embedded deployment platforms giving these engineers the ability to rapidly explore new approaches, streamline discovery and production, and deploy their innovations in ruggedised measurement and control systems. Short term strategiesThe way electricity is transferred and distributed along the electric power grid needs to become more sophisticated. A conversion is needed. Software, networks, processors, and sensors need to work together to fuse and exchange information digitally, suggests Kulshrestha. Engineers and scientists are enhancing the transmission and distribution of power with distributed sensing technologies present throughout intelligent distributed systems. This improves the overall quality of power and allows for future-proofing and self-healing capabilities. This means reducing on a lot of maintenance cost and transferring power more reliably. “Integrating these technologies does not need a very heavy investment and therefore can be looked upon for an immediate measure to make the sector more reliable,” he suggests.
A bend towards renewable energyThe global demand for electric power is dramatically rising. It has become more important than ever to identify solutions to power generation challenges that will allow for increased power supply, improved energy efficiency, and advanced system reliability.
Factors such as an aging power grid infrastructure, increasing population growth, and the adoption of renewable power generation sources are driving electricity distribution companies to consider decentralised micro grid architectures that enable more fault-tolerant and scalable distributed generation.
Additionally, a shift toward renewable and alternative energy sources has introduced a greater need for enhanced energy storage technologies. Solar energy technologies, which harness the sun’s energy to generate electrical power, represent some of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy on the market today. On this note, Kulshrestha, comments, “Engineers and scientists worldwide are collaborating to lower the material costs of solar cells, increase the production efficiency of solar power plants, and create innovative solutions for applications based on photovoltaic and solar thermal collector technology.”
On the other end, the global adoption of wind energy as a reliable source for clean energy is rising. It has become more important for component manufacturers and turbine integrators to increase component production rate, improve system reliability, and overcome grid integration challenges to implement faster adoption of wind energy and ultimately global independence from oil- and coal-based energy sources. “A shift toward improved technology for automated component testing, online condition monitoring, and grid integration control can help solve these challenges,” Kulshrestha opines.
NI’s long- and short-term strategies “Advancements in embedded computing, sensing, and signal processing along with high-efficiency power electronics are rapidly changing the way we produce, transfer, and consume energy,” states Kulshrestha.
Energy is going digital and the technologies used to control and instrument energy systems are transitioning from analog to digital. NI supports the power sector in undergoing this digital revolution more smoothly. It provides the power sector with tools at multiple levels.
For automation of grid and making it smarter, NI provides scalable solutions which can be used for applications like smart meters, power quality analysers, remote terminal units, data concentrator units, and phasor measurement units. NI provides the LabVIEW RIO platform enabling engineers to design very powerful and efficient controllers for renewable energy sources. Energy storage systems (ESSs) and renewable energy sources are critical technologies that combine to create power generation and transportation.

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