ADI and Gridspertise to advance smart grid resiliency

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Analog Devices and Gridspertise, the new subsidiary of the Enel Group that supplies sustainable solutions to distribution system operators (DSOs), are to collaborate in providing greater resiliency and quality to smart grids around the world.

The two companies will look to develop new hardware and software that will support distribution grid self-healing and adaptation in response to the significant changes in energy supply and demand as renewable energy sources are brought online.

The collaboration is built on the long-term smart meters and grid digitalisation solutions work between ADI and Enel over the last fifteen years. At present, ADI is working with Gridspertise to deliver measurement and monitoring capabilities through real-time data. This work is intended to enhance grid reliability, allow utilities to improve their operational efficiency and enable a rapid transition to clean energy.

The technologies will be used to enhance legacy infrastructures across different geographies and life stage, and do not require costly rebuilds; they also minimise the environmental impact of the assets, making digitalisation a key driver for more sustainable power distribution grids.

“Leveraging an open innovation approach, Gridspertise collaborates with key players from different sectors to industrialise and deliver advanced hardware and software solutions for the digitalisation of power distribution grids, supporting DSOs around the world to accelerate the energy transition,” said Robert Denda, Chief Executive Officer, Gridspertise. “We look forward to continuing offering the most up to date grid edge technologies that enable operators to better manage aggregated demand from residential and commercial buildings and support the future of the energy system in which our customers become prosumers.”

ADI’s power and precision technologies deliver enhanced analogue-to-digital conversion, protection, precise measurement, metrology, and isolation capability for the QEd - Quantum Edge device, the Gridspertise solution which is at the heart of the digitalisation of secondary substations.

This solution is said to be the first to fully virtualise the physical components of secondary substations, turning them into customisable edge applications, while enabling new use cases and improved management of key grid functionalities.

“ADI technologies span across the electrification ecosystem, from vehicles to energy storage to charging stations, and today they are becoming even more important for the electric power distribution grids, where precision measurement and digitalisation is essential to ensure greater flexibility and resilience,” said Patrick Morgan, Corporate Vice President of Automotive Electrification and Sustainable Energy at Analog Devices.