Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Schneider helps Philippines utility optimise grid

Steve Rogerson
April 12, 2017

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has expanded its Schneider Electric Wonderware eDNA enterprise data management system to optimise grid operations. The French company says it enables NGCP to bridge the gap between operational and information technologies to enhance real-time visibility into operations for improved efficiency.
NGCP is responsible for delivering safe and reliable power to customers in the Philippines over more than 21,000 circuit kilometres of transmission lines. Cost, resource and energy optimisation pressure drove NGCP to invest further to turn disparate data into actionable intelligence.
Wonderware eDNA consolidates data from control, monitoring and business systems in a redundant server architecture, protecting the company's data in the event of an unexpected shutdown. Control centre operators can access high-fidelity, real-time data to improve decision support while aligning with a strategic initiative to upgrade, expand and strengthen transmission operations.
"Wonderware offers enhanced visibility into our operations by consolidating data from scada systems from across Philippine archipelago," said Ronald Pascasio, scada head of Luzon system operations. "Using Wonderware eDNA we know our data are dependable and accurate, so we can provide precise system analysis and studies especially during occurrence of significant incidents; improve and modernise our grid operations; and prepare our transition to the smart grid."
As part of Schneider Electric's open-ended Enterprise APM platform, eDNA provides enterprise-level decision support through data collection, storage, reporting and analysis. Advantages include closing the loop between systems to increase the collaboration of people, processes and assets for operational efficiency.
"The average modern plant has tens of thousands of sensor data elements, and organisations need the proper context to take advantage of that information," said Rob McGreevy, vice president at Schneider Electric. "Wonderware provides real-time access to critical data in the right format at the right time, making it a critical building block for organisations seeking to leverage the IIoT to maximise operational and asset performance."
NGCP began its Schneider Electric software deployment in 2007 with an eDNA implementation at its Visayas control centre and then expanded to facilities in Luzon and Mindanao control centres in 2012. Schneider was the lead contractor throughout the project. Going forward, NGCP plans to expand and upgrade its data management infrastructure with Wonderware eDNA.
Schneider Electric had revenues of €25bn in 2015. Its 160,000 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries.
NGCP is poised to undertake several major facility improvement programmes this year. Among the projects it is pursuing are the Luzon 500kV backbone to accommodate incoming generating plants, the Cebu-Negros-Panay backbone to improve power sharing between the major islands, and the Mindanao 230kV backbone to reinforce the Mindanao grid as new plants come online.
Schneider Electric has unveiled an advanced microgrid at its Boston One Campus, the company's North American headquarters in Andover, Massachusetts. The microgrid was built by Schneider and REC Solar, a subsidiary of Duke Energy Renewables and national provider of commercial solar and energy products. The microgrid was funded through the microgrid-as-a-service business model, which adds resiliency and sustainability with no upfront costs.