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SAInt 3.4: Visualize and implement distributed energy resources



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SAInt 3.4: Visualize and implement distributed energy resources

Version 3.4 of SAInt contains a variety of new functionalities, of which a very exciting development is the capability to execute unbalanced, AC power flow (UACPF) simulations. The incorporation of UACPF introduces an unprecedented capability to analyze renewable and distributed energy resources.

This means not only modeling balanced power flow for transmission systems (which was previously possible in SAInt), but also a detailed modeling of distribution systems with individual phase precision. This innovation is vital for understanding the impact of evolving demand diversity fueled by distributed energy resources such as solar photovoltaics and household storage, alongside demand response and electric vehicle charging.

SAInt’s simultaneous modeling of transmission and distribution networks enables an integrated view, addressing the complexities faced by energy industry stakeholders.

Specific functionality related to the UACPF type scenarios includes:

  • Single and three-phase generators including rooftop solar photovoltaic.

  • Single and three-phase transformers with voltage, reactive power, and line drop compensation control modes.

  • Single and double phase conductors.

  • Wye and Delta three phase constant power loads along with phase to phase and phase to neutral loads.

Enhance visualization through new GIS functionalities

Release 3.4 of SAInt marks the beginning of a complete revision of how models, data, and results are visualized and managed.

For the first time ever, utility planners can accurately overlay physical electricity, gas, and thermal networks on a geographic map for precise and intuitive electrification and planning.

SAInt's enhanced visualization through new GIS functionalities transforms the user experience. With the ability to overlay networks on a base map and manage various coordinate reference systems, users gain improved geographic context for their networks and simulation results.

The revamped visualization features include OpenStreetMap integration, labeling enhancements, revised legends, and map layers to provide a powerful toolkit for better interpreting and managing models. Energy planners can utilize more effective organization, grouping, and visualization of objects and models.

SAInt’s new visualization features allow users to:

  • Display networks on OpenStreetMap for an improved geographic context of networks.

  • Use enhanced labeling capabilities for objects and map views, mixing free text, model properties, and simulation results.

  • Boost data visualization with revised and improved legends for branches and nodes.

  • Utilize a variety of coordinate reference systems for the import and export of infrastructure data.

  • Map layers to better organize, group, and visualize objects and models.

Other Updates

In addition to these major advancements, SAInt v3.4 brings critical upgrades to thermal network modeling, production cost models, and gas network modeling:

  • Thermal Network Modeling:

    Expansion of thermal simulation, which includes the capability of simulating multi-timestep scenarios, new output properties.

  • DCUCOPF: Computational performance enhancement for the production cost model.

  • DCUCOPF: Log messages improved and expanded.

  • Gas Network Modeling: Remote pressure control for gas compressors and control valve.

SAInt 3.4 empowers organizations to comprehensively analyze and model the complexities of renewable and distributed energy resources and revolutionizes visualization capabilities through GIS functionalities. This provides an invaluable edge in organizations navigating the dynamic energy landscape and optimizing operational efficiency.

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