A structured approach to increase situational awareness in low voltage distribution grids

K.A. Helmholt, M. Groote Schaarsberg, B. Kruizinga, P.A.A.F. Wouters, E.F. Steennis, T. Broersma, J. Morren, Frank Baldinger

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Wear and tear, electrification and aging of (low voltage) distribution grids require maintenance in order to assure continuous provision of electricity. Situational awareness is required to find out when parts of the grid need maintenance and which parts should be prioritized. The paper proposes a conceptual value model which relates sensor data from the condition of the asset to the potential value of information (i.e. interpreted data) for the distribution system operators. Distribution density functions account for uncertainties in model parameter values. They can be narrowed down by monitoring relevant degradation mechanisms. To this end, degradation processes are simulated in laboratory scale setups, emulating low voltage cables in moist and submerged environments. Understanding fundamental aspects of degradation, failure and value determination of sensor data allows prioritization of maintenance actions that lead to best results in terms of customers-minutes-lost, remaining useful lifetime of assets and cost-effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication 2015 IEEE Eindhoven PowerTech (PowerTech 2015) : Eindhoven, Netherlands, 29 June - 2 July 2015
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-7695-9
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event2015 IEEE Power Tech - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Jun 20152 Jul 2015


Conference2015 IEEE Power Tech
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