Siemens Energy extends its switchgear and transformer portfolio with EdgeformerTM and EdgegearTM, thus presenting the world’s first high-voltage devices with edge computing at Hannover Fair 2021. The new generation of digitally enabled transmission products and systems opens new possibilities for grid operators to benefit from data-driven applications by deploying them within the local substation network.
The shift to an increasingly decarbonized energy landscape poses tremendous challenges to grid operators that require a new way of managing the energy system. The digitalization of power transmission assets in the substation, the heart of any electrical power distribution system, plays an important role to manage the increased feed-ins of renewable energy and the exponential increase of complexity.
While most digital solutions for substation assets rely solely on equipment with cloud connectivity, edge-enabled transmission products such as Edgegear and Edgeformer offer new possibilities to connect equipment directly within the substation without having to forego the benefits of cloud-based solutions such as app-based data analytics. Edge computing technology enables faster computing capabilities for quicker decision-making as well as data storage and processing onsite.
With edge computing the data is kept offline in the substation without compromising a seamless, secure, and easy integration into the existing customer IT-landscape. The result is a highly cyber secure system. Siemens Energy’s edge-enabled transformers and switchgear will come with app-based data analytics and asset management.
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