Harnessing Data Distribution Service in Next Generation Smart Energy Systems

March 2, 2015

Traditionally, the coordination and control of energy power systems has been delivered through centralized management systems. However with the advent of more intelligent field devices generating massive amounts of data, along with a dynamic landscape of distributed power generation such as renewables (solar, wind), microgrids and storage, combined with new customer driven technologies (electric vehicles and home automation systems), a new architecture employing both centralized and distributed information management is necessary to enable effective management of the energy power system. 

The new architecture needs to deliver benefits that are not sufficiently met by existing utility infrastructure including scalable data and information management, near real-time response times, enhanced situational awareness, interchangeability, distributed control, greater energy efficiency and reduced total cost of ownership. 

In this presentation, Stuart Laval, Manager, Technology Devlopment at Duke Energy, and Angelo Corsara, CTO at PrismTech, explain how DDS (Data Distribution Service) is a required element within the new architecture as a message bus protocol to address the performance and security needs of critical operational control systems such as those used by microgrids and for substation automation.