Discussions on Digital Platform: Winning the Markets, was held as part of the grid digitalization discussion at Russian Investment Forum 2018.
As part of the strategy developed by Rosseti to introduce digital technologies to the power grids, the company may lay the groundwork for implementation of cutting-edge high tech solutions. Nowadays, the grid infrastructure is ready for introduction of value-added services required by consumers and different branches of national economy. One of the key discussion theses was that the power industry is now more than just an electricity transportation industry but makes a breakthrough and tests different domestic technologies of real-time mega-data processing
Mr. Evgeny Solomatin, Head of MBA Telecom Program, Development Director at Minnova and the panel discussion moderator, noted that it was Vladimir Putin who spoke about the need to "move towards the digital platform creation". "Otherwise we lose," emphasized the Russian President. The one who has a digital platform of his own will not be dependent on other people's digital platforms. The power industry is like the nervous system of the economy that "nourishes" all processes and industries. If, with improved electricity quality across the entire economic chain, cost cutting begins, all industries, including oil, metallurgical and others, will become more competitive. Firstly, on global markets. Therefore, the digital platform concept development would prompt a long-term multiplicative effect across the entire economic chain, from manufacturing to consumption".
Mr. Sergey Evtushenko, acting national counselor of the Russian Federation, noted that Rosseti's system is advantageous by enabling cross-border exchange. "A grid company, just like technologies, must have no boundaries. It is via digitalization that expansion to other countries may be implemented", he noted.
The experience in integratin of the digital grid elements in the Kaliningrad Region has already proven its efficiency. Losses in two pilot regions where digital grids are being implemented have shrunk 10%, the average troubleshooting time decreased 5 times, to not more than 50 minutes.
At the same time, it is the power grids that may become a site for the digital platform implementation, because they already have a number of advantages: cover 100% territory, imply insignificant additional capital investments and operating costs and entail the creation of flexible links with high backup speed.
"The position of the power grids in general should change - they are supposed to become the infrastructure for any digital services, not just for electricity transmission and distribution", comments Igor Makovsky, CEO at Rosseti's subsidiary, Yantarenergo.
The project from Strizh Company, which involves introduction of 'smart' devices into the distribution grid in remote population centers in the Urals and was presented at the panel discussion, enables to transmit data on the grid status to the parent company in Moscow. Thus, the grid becomes more observable, flexible and supports reliable power supply to consumers.
In the future, power industry workers will be able to supply analytical information to related branches of economy. For instance, agriculture where weather data, control of electronic watering systems, information collection from the hothouse environment support systems can be transmitted online from the grid facilities. Not only will the installation of the 'smart' meters that covered almost 80% of release points in the Kaliningrad Region last year enable to control the electricity consumption by selecting the most appropriate rate but also to introduce additional services, up to the alarm system or air conditioner control in the house.
The mega-data exchange implies implementation of a set of efforts to support cyber security and to avoid major grid-related accidents. "United Energy Company has already introduced a number of domestically-manufactured products intended for anti-hacker information protection", noted Andrey Mayorov, CEO at UEC.
Thus, everything is ready for Rosseti to become the backbone of the industrial Internet infrastructure in the Russian Federation, not only in the interests of the Group of Companies but also for all interested departments, ministries, institutions, and the private sector.