Challenge & Opportunity
- “Data and digitalisation will be key enablers to a flexible, decarbonised energy system.” – Ofgem strategic innovation requirements document March 2021
- “Existing power grid monitoring technologies are unable to provide the precision and timeliness required to effectively manage and support increased adoption of renewable energy” – National Grid – System Monitoring Investment Decision Pack 2019
- Long-term 3GW of wind and 1.4GW of solar generation needs to be built in Britain annually through 2050 to achieve net-zero targets – National Grid Future Energy Scenarios July 2020
- 1,130 utility-scale (>1MW) solar farms in the UK totaling 8.3GW today growing to 13GW by 2025 – Solar Energy UK
- Global solar capacity growing from 500GW in 2020 to 1,300GW in 2023 – Solar Power Europe
- Distributed power generation, electric-vehicles, heat electrification, more electrified-rail, and Ofgem mandated shift from conventional “network operations” to dynamic “system operations” requiring better data. Legacy grid monitoring systems providing +/- 5-7% voltage & current measurement accuracy are inadequate.
Neuville is integrating innovative data-gathering hardware and advanced data handling software into an industrial-grade system. Brought together with advanced analytical software, resulting capability can scrutinize the behavior of electric power grid and associated equipment at a level of detail, clarity, and sophistication never achieved before.
Neuville’s Grid Data Units (GDU) uniquely combine 6 things: newly devised frequency-domain micro-synchrophasors (µPMU), time-domain power quality monitors (PQM), environmental sensors, and sub-100 nanosecond synchonised timing plus network-edge computer processing and next-generation secure data transmission.
Our GDU’s can gather over 2,000 electrical and environmental condition monitoring parameters. Providing a 100x to 100,000x improvement on electrical measurement state-of-the-art. Capable of 2 parts per million (PPM) voltage and current amplitude resolution they are highly reliable with headroom for additional sensors, future growth and use adaptation.
Designed for service in harsh environments, compact and powerful Neuville rugged Grid Data Units (GDU) operate in two different modes simultaneously: as a Certified IEC 61000-4-30 Ed 3 Class A Power Quality Monitoring (PQM) or as a micro-synchrophasor (µPMU). Neuville combines them along with other equipment and special processing to gather high-resolution electrical measurement data from the power transmission and distribution (T&D) grid, solar farms, wind turbines, energy storage site, and other electrical infrastructure.
Existing databases cannot handle the flood of Big Data from the high-resolution instrumentation and meet network system operator requirements. Neuville is developing a robust, low-cost, highly-scalable, Cloud-based or private-server solution that features a more than 1,000x performance improvement over anything commercially available.
Neuville’s forthcoming Bezel time-series database (TSDB) can cost-efficiently cope with truly enormous amounts of Big Data – quadrillions of data-points amounting to petabytes. Working with electricity data time-stamped in nanoseconds, its novel structure permits multi-scale data analysis, enabling unprecedent prediction and anomaly detection.
Neuville is pioneering new ways of applying machine learning artificial intelligence (AI) to anomaly detection and fault prediction.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) granted Neuville’s it cornerstone patent GB2579156 – Methods and apparatus for the sensing, collecting, transmission, storage, and dissemination of high-resolution power grid electrical measurement data by inventor Clarke V Simmons on 13 January 2021. Neuville has two additional patent applications pending.