What Utilities Want From ADMS

By: Mike Roth, Survalent Technology

2014-11-what-utilities-want-from-admsMeeting the energy demands of a growing and increasingly complex global situation requires innovative approaches. The Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) is the latest technology devised to coordinate power supplies, conserve electricity and conform to the changing needs of consumers all at the same time.

The Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)

A variety of solutions to recent problems in energy management led to the design of the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS). In 2013, the GMT Research Group conducted a study to explore the factors that drive the formation of strategies among utility companies. They found that the following factors received a varying amount of attention:

  • Reduction in the Required Restoration Time - 54%
  • Analytics-Based Decision Making - 46%
  • Reductions in Peak Demands - 41%
  • Improved Visibility and Control - 37%
  • Customer Choice - 34%
  • Energy Efficiency- 25%
  • Reduction in Outages - 16%
  • Improved Power Quality - 14%
  • Increased Integration of Storage - 9%
  • Meeting Future Energy Demands - 7%

The Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) has been developed to meet just such concerns.

ADMS integrates a combination of functions and components which are listed below.

  • SCADA -- Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition.
  • OMS -- Outage Management System.
  • DMS -- Distribution Management System.
  • FDIR -- Fault Detection, Isolation and Restoration.

ADMS uses the most up-to-date tools and proven strategies to maintain a steady flow of energy to consumers while avoiding waste and diminishing threats posed by breakdowns.

The analytical functions of ADMS are high-powered and include OMS and FDIR systems to minimize losses. More importantly, in the diverse architecture of the modern power environment, ADMS relies on advanced switch planning, which allows local operators to select options for their settings that fit their specific equipment and conditions more appropriately.

Unbalanced Load Flow

An ADMS must be able to analyze unbalanced load flow and to respond rapidly to such analyses. The right algorithms are necessary to solve these problems quickly and reconfigure the network according to its solution.

These algorithms help ADMS engineers to meet a few critical challenges presented by the demands of consumers. The demand response of a grid is the key to its value. Voltage reduction allows engineers to reduce voltage without consumers ever becoming aware. Direct load control lets operators actually turn off specific devices remotely, for short periods of time, in order to control the demands on the distribution architecture.

Meeting Global Energy Demands Today and Tomorrow

In the changing terrain of modern electrical demand and usage, ADMS trumps previous methods of managing smart grids. However, even this advanced system continues to develop as it tries to meet current demands. In fact, one of the strengths of the advanced distribution management system is its ability to adapt to new expectations, such as the addition of solar and wind-based power systems to the grid.

Looking forward, it is obvious that ADMS can and will need to make progress in different areas. Better coordination of servers, which are currently a combination of units that vary in terms of equipment as well as capability, is one example of a goal toward which many utilities are working. Integrated databases and synchronization of user interfaces are two other themes on which many engineers are concentrated.

Survalent has the most advanced and efficient ADMS architecture. Its integrated system platform runs SCADA, OMS and other functions on the same servers. It also utilizes the same user interface and database structure. These upgrades and a devotion to streamlining everything involved with the movement of energy on the grid have convinced more than 500 utility companies to seek its assistance.