Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

US grant helps Turkish utility start smart grid trial

Steve Rogerson
June 30, 2015
 
Turkish electrical utility company Kayseri ve Civarı Elektrik Türk AÅž (KcetaÅŸ) has been awarded a grant by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to investigate a smart grid project.
 
The US funded grant is aimed at facilitating US trade and to help Turkey improve the electrical transmission infrastructure. By enabling real-time smart grid monitoring the project aims to reduce peak power load requirements and to improve the generation, transmission and distribution resources of the KcetaÅŸ electricity network.
 
The project will use PI System software from California-based OSIsoftas the real-time data infrastructure. For more than 15 years utility companies worldwide have been deploying the software to connect sensor-based data, assets, process and people to enable real-time decision support and operational intelligence.
 
Electrical distribution grids have to deliver continuous power in light of changing solar, wind and customer demand throughout the day. Electrical distribution grids that can better understand and react to daily fluctuations, real-time events and predict future events are able to provide a better quality of service, and lower supply costs through improved targeting of capital investments and reduced servicing costs.
 
“USTDA is pleased to partner with OSIsoft and KcetaÅŸon this project, which we believe could have a transformative effect not only in Kayseri, but across the entire Turkish distribution grid,” said USTDA director Leocadia Zak. “By successfully demonstrating the utility of this leading US technology, we hope that OSIsoft and other US firms may gain greater access to the vast smart grid project opportunities in Turkey.”
 
The ADSM automated demand side management pilot project at KcetaÅŸis aimed at providing a data infrastructure to enable better understanding of the availability and demand for electricity. The project will investigate and demonstrate the ability of the software to access, collect and integrate distribution operations and information technology data into one common environment and establish a standards-based integration strategy for data mining and visualisation tools for decision support. The project aims to establish the optimal strategy to extract, integrate and visualise data and deploy enabling capabilities in future smart grid projects.
 
“Data are key to improvement and optimisation,” said Martin Otterson, senior vice president at OSIsoft. “Today OSIsoft has hundreds of electrical distribution grids worldwide deploying the PI System to deliver operational intelligence. These deployments enable utility companies to learn from historical data, have real-time insight into the state of their utility, and predict demand and potential outages.”
 
Founded in 1980, OSIsoft is a privately held company, headquartered in San Leandro, California, USA, with offices around the world.