Electric utilities are awash in unused data.  Each meter generates energy consumption information as frequently as every 15 minutes - some even faster than that.  However, voltage and current data are sampled as much as 16,000 times a second.  Line sensors sample voltage and current data nearly as fast.  In a typical distribution network, this translates to hundreds of millions of bytes of information being generated every second.  Yet only a fraction of that is being used by even the most sophisticated analytics systems to monitor system performance.

Aclara Research and Development is working on algorithms to bring all this data together to form a complete and constantly evolving picture of how an electric distribution network is operating.  A few years ago, this was cutting edge technology limited to a few applications in the defense and medical industries.  Now we are bringing those high-tech ideas to bear on problems that until recently seemed too hard to solve in the utility industry.

In this talk we will:

  • Consider what is possible through the fusion of data from the many sensors available to utilities.
  • Discuss what the challenges are to unlock the potential
  • Experience how Aclara Research and Development is meeting those challenges.

May 21, 2019

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Manchester E