By Colin Parris, GE Digital sr. vice president and CTO
2022 will see the continuation of a data-enabled energy transition.
The key energy challenge for developed nations this year, and for years to come, will be to balance the integration and intermittency of renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs) across their grids. Developing nations will continue to deal with the challenge of energy capacity and a steeper path towards decarbonization.
Energy security will become more interconnected to other fundamental human rights, such as access to water, in a decade where extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more destructive.
Data aggregation will be used by utilities to create a complete view of the electric grid in 2022.
Network digital twins will play a critical role in enhancing the reliability and resiliency of our planet’s electric grid. Network digital twins allow companies to run system-wide digital simulations, such as emergency operations during extreme weather events, as well as outage-risk prediction based on the vulnerabilities of power generation assets to certain volatile weather conditions.