To keep up with the ever-evolving energy landscape, Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) are transitioning towards a Distribution System Operator (DSO) model. This involves a more active approach to planning, operating, and maintaining infrastructure, with digitalisation as a key aspect of this transition.
Demand is outpacing capacity and will continue to triple over the next decades
As we move towards a more sustainable energy future, we are seeing a surge in the deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) such as Solar Panels, Heat Pumps, Electric Vehicles, Batteries and more. This increased demand is putting a significant strain on the distribution network, forcing DNSPs to rethink their approach to network design, maintenance, and operation.
Over many decades, LV copper cables of varying quality and make have been installed, and the reliance on this infrastructure is only increasing. This has resulted in costly and emission-intensive work to maintain and upgrade the network. To tackle these challenges, DNSPs are turning to network data and grid automation to manage their assets more efficiently, predict and prevent failures, and identify areas where reinforcement is needed most. By operating a truly smart network, DNSPs can accommodate the growth in demand and support the deployment of DERs at scale, rising to the challenge of building a sustainable energy future.