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PowerData: Real-Time Control and Simulation Expert

CIO VendorFabiola D. Robinson, President
Today’s global energy landscape is going through a major transformation. The smart grid technology is the one that is revolutionizing existing electrical grid by allowing two-way flow of electricity to enhance efficiency, reliability, sustainability, and distribution of electrical power. With the help of this technology, enterprises are able to retrieve and compare information from various measurement points on the grid in order to assess system conditions. However, as its deployment increases, management is becoming more complex. Today, companies are looking for an efficient solution that could integrate disruptive smart grid technologies into one standard energy solution to control and manage electric power during peak load and energy storage during power outage. Based in Redmond, WA, PowerData developed a groundbreaking software that provides a complete simulation of an electric power system model, which helps in advancing smart grid and security solutions for the electric power industry.

PowerData’s flagship product (built in partnership with IncSys)— PowerSimulator is a system specific power grid simulator, which is mostly used for training and certification by most of the power dispatchers. With the ability to address the challenges of both NERC Compliance and Risk Management, it offers both high performance as well as user flexibility necessary to tackle the diverse training and planning obstacles.

It is based on dynamic evolution of the EPRI Operator Training Simulator (OTS) power system model. By implementing PowerSimulator as an application service over-the-web, it enables customers to access the application at any time from any place. “We have ensured that PowerSimulator is affordable to any budget and can support any utility in keeping with NERC requirements for simulation,” says Fabiola D. Robinson, President, PowerData. Further, PowerSimulator is categorized into three levels of customization depending on the training objectives for a specific organization, which includes Custom PowerSimulator, Generic PowerSimulator, and Replica PowerSimulator.

We have ensured that PowerSimulator is affordable to any budget and can support any utility in keeping with NERC requirements for simulation


With its vast experience across energy landscape, PowerData has designed an innovative development infrastructure platform known as Power Application Computing Environment (PACE). “The three versions of PowerSimulator are all based on PACE and has a different level of emphasis depending on the needs of each organization.” PACE allows researchers, students, utilities and other vendors to integrate home grown and third party applications into powerful end-user solutions. It also helps developers to focus on core algorithms, while minimizing integration effort. “At its core lays a real-time database, and web-based visualization engines needed by applications to support high-speed systems,” explains Robinson.

The firm also offers OpenPA, a Java-based API for integrating real-time data sources and applications in one system. As it is open source and written in Java, makes it extremely portable and unencumbered. By leveraging OpenPA, users can load an electrical model, retrieve information in a standard manner, and make any alterations to reflect processing as desired.

PowerData has demonstrated success by assisting clients with training specific to the requirements of the organization. “Even though we operate behind the scenes, we take great pride every time we have made a difference,” notes Robinson. For instance, during 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup, The Brazil system had some unique characteristics making it very difficult to keep the electric power stable. They were facing some unique voltage challenges across the longest transmission lines in the world. They were looking for a system that could monitor the smart grid and study the impact under the loads that would occur during the games. By implementing PowerData’s smart grid solutions, they were successfully trained to handle specific situations during the event.

Forging ahead, “We are excited to work with IncSys, together we intend to create solutions for the problems the industry is facing as we move into the renewable and smart grid era,” concludes Robinson.