An Overview Of ADMS
ADMS short for Advanced Distribution Management Systems is a vital component in optimization and efficient operation of grids. It is basically a software platform that provides visibility and control of all activity of the grid along with data analysis capabilities. Incorporation of such technologies has led to an increased optimization in resource utilization and has led to significant cost-cutting.Some of the major functions of ADMS include:
- Automation of outage monitoring and restoration
- Optimization of grid performance
- Fault location and isolation
- Automated resolution of errors
- Volt/volt-ampere-reactive optimization
- Voltage reduction and power conservation
- Management of demand fluctuations and peak demand periods
- Establishing proper coupling with microgrids and other autonomous energy vehicles
An Overview of the System
The main objective of ADMS is to provide real-time visibility into all the operations within the grid. Traditional grid management systems use breakers when an outage is reported by a customer. A separate team needs to identify the exact circuits that are affected. This process is extremely time consuming and has significant overhead costs in execution. With the emergence of SaaS (software as a service)
Things to Consider before Implementing ADMS, a lot these processes have been moved to a digital platform. Through the use of automation technologies and sensors, ADMS systems can now conduct their own fault location and resolution. There is no need to rely on crews to identify damaged circuits.
Utility companies must decide if they are at the right stage to adopt ADMS capabilities. Some of the external factors that need careful consideration before the implementation of ADMS are mentioned below.
- A confirmation on the increase in the use of renewable energy generation.
- Local or national government policies regarding the reduction of greenhouse emissions from utility companies.
- Careful planning and data analysis ensuring that volt/VAR optimization is objectively more cost-effective than all other available peak management resources.
- The number of legacy systems that will become obsolete in the near future.
- The number of outages caused by natural disasters or harsh weather conditions.
- The nature of changing demands and expectations of the current customers and the choices and risks involved in trying to meet those demands.
The utility company must have a clear vision and plan for the future before implementing ADMS. This will not allow the company to understand its needs better but also help the ADMS vendor in providing you with a service that is customized according to your needs.
Why should Utility Companies Implement ADMS
The need for ADMS has come about mainly due to a change in the nature of customer demand and activity. Due to increasing power independence through solar modules and changing demands due to the use increasing devices and electric vehicles, traditional grid management methods are falling short.
Additionally, traditional macro grids are not at all efficient in coupling with microgrids, something that ADMS fixes. The use of ADMS has demonstrated an increased reliability in grid operations and an astonishing improvement with which issues can be identified and solved.