Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

CEPRI and OSIsoft collaborate on smart grid project

Steve Rogerson
June 15, 2016
The China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) and OSIsoft, a California-based operational intelligence company, are collaborating on a smart grid project.
The project, called the China Smart Grid Substation Operations & Communication Project, will serve as the basis for China to develop relevant standards for future smart grid operations and communications architectures and deployment. The announcement was made at last week’s US-China Climate-Smart & Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing.
“Smart grid information and communications technologies will be essential to meet the world’s growing demand for energy,” said Chaoyang Zhu, deputy director at CEPRI. “Working with OSIsoft is an important step towards our goal of demonstrating the best practices of creating an internet of energy.”
Funding for the project comes in part through grant funding from the US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA), which connects US businesses with development opportunities overseas.
The project aims to leverage OSIsoft’s PI system as a data infrastructure for real-time data monitoring, analytics and reporting. Deployed at over 19,000 sites worldwide, PI is software technology for the industrial IoT. The system captures operational data from assets such as transmission lines, grid sensors, power plants and building management systems and transforms it into information streams that can be used by individuals or integrated into other software platforms to conduct preventative maintenance, optimise power consumption, reduce costs, or engage in big data and business analytics.
More than 1000 utilities, 95 per cent of the largest oil and gas companies and 65 per cent of the Fortune 500 industrial companies use PI as a data infrastructure. Worldwide, more than 1.5 billion sensors are connected to PI.
“We are very excited to be working with the China Electric Power Research Institute, which has been a pioneer in developing and implementing smart grid technologies,” said Ann Moore, director for regional development at OSIsoft. “Information and communication data management lay at the heart of smart grids. We believe the achievements we can accomplish here will ultimately have a positive impact for electric power utility business and smart grid development around the world.”
CEPRI was established in 1951, and is directly under the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as a science and research organisation. It is China's power industry multi-disciplinary and comprehensive research institution. It is mainly engaged in EHV and UHV DC power transmission technology, network planning analysis and safety control technology, electric transmission engineering design and construction technology, electric distribution and consumer technology as well as new energy, new materials, power electronics, information and communications, energy efficiency evaluation research and energy-saving technologies. Its study and research cover all aspects of the electric power, science and related areas.
OSIsoft has also been collaborating with China Southern Grid Electric Power Research Institute (CSG EPRI or SEPRI) on a smart grid initiative. The project seeks to demonstrate how advanced analytics and improved data management and visualisation through PI can be integrated into existing systems to improve the reliability and efficiency of the distribution and consumer side of the electric power grid.
CSG has been an OSIsoft customer since 2006; the smart grid collaboration began in 2013. CSG manages the grid for five southern provinces. Together, the State Grid Corporate of China and CSG are responsible for all China’s electric power grid.