Westnetz

Redefining grid operation

A successful pilot project allowed the grid operator's control center to override the dynamic load management's local setting according to future energy regulation.

Use case
Grid operations
"The solutions developed with gridX bring urgently needed flexibility and dynamism to the grid. The resulting efficiency gains reduce costs for all parties involved – especially for end consumers."
Robin Schiwek
Project Manager at Westnetz

Westnetz is a Dortmund-based energy distribution system operator for electricity and gas and a wholly owned subsidiary of the energy company Westenergie. Committed to sustainable smart grids, the operator understands the potential of smart grid control to help reach Germany's goal of 10 million electric cars on the road by 2030.

As part of a 'Grid Operation 4.0' project, Westnetz is equipping 100 local grids with smart metering technology and linking them to a digital system. This makes the planning and operation of local networks safer and more efficient. They chose XENON to build the energy management system for the project to ensure the optimized usage of the distribution network's existing capacity.

Smart grid control for the future

Our XENON platform and customizable features enable the energy system to detect grid bottlenecks, access and control flexible loads and therefore prevent overloads. At a pilot site with 17 energy assets – charging stations and photovoltaic systems – the XENON-based energy management system locally optimized energy flows within the available power limit. Now, this power limit can be adjusted by Westnetz in response to the state of the grid via XENON's API. This allows for a quick response to imbalances in the grid, removes the need for previously required safety buffers and ensures optimal utilization of the distribution grid's capacity.

With the help of XENON, the project reduces grid expansion costs and facilitates the integration of additional charging infrastructure, or other assets that cause sharp increases in energy loads, into the grid. With the system future regulatory requirements, such as dynamic network tariffs, are already technically feasible. This enables Westnetz to quickly adapt as soon as further regulation is put into practice.

As an additional benefit, end users profit from faster expansion of charging infrastructure and more favorable grid tariffs, as long as they control their devices in line with regulatory frameworks.

Ø 1 second
response time to control signals
Direct load control
signals can be used to control sites or locations.
Demand response
programs were unlocked through the partnership.
Real-time fluctuations
can be responded to with grid-friendly behavior to better balance energy flows.
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