OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES to Provide Advanced Transmission Simulation Support to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

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OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES to Provide Advanced Transmission Simulation Support to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

[MONTREAL, November 26th 2020] OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES is pleased to announce that the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has agreed to acquire OPAL-RT’s HYPERSIM real-time digital simulator using more than 400 processors to analyse the performance of the National Electricity Market (NEM). The deal represents an extremely cost-effective solution for AEMO, considering the enormous power of the HYPERSIM simulator.






[MONTREAL, November 26th 2020] OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES is pleased to announce that the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has agreed to acquire OPAL-RT’s HYPERSIM real-time digital simulator using more than 400 processors to analyse the performance of the National Electricity Market (NEM). The deal represents an extremely cost-effective solution for AEMO, considering the enormous power of the HYPERSIM simulator.

HYPERSIM is capable of simulating and analyzing large-scale power systems close to real-time speed with acurate electromagnetic models of wind and solar plants on a power grid with very long lines, with the goal of aiding and enhancing system planning, reliability, and protection for future electric network design.

The extensive simulation performed with HYPERSIM in a digitally-twinned, cloud-based facility will support AEMO to initially address urgent operational challenges and for industry to efficiently streamline the connection application process for new renewable generation projects.

AEMO faces distinct challenges with operating a power system that’s undergoing rapid and extensive change from centralised conventional generation to exponential increases in solar and wind penetration.. OPAL-RT’s considerable strengths as a solutions provider to address these challenges include, among others: the capability of executing black box precompiled accurate models provided by wind and solar plant manufacturers using other simulation tools; the ability to host massive clusters of simulations on a secure in-house server or off-site cloud; and the forward-looking ‘digital twinning’ the company has proposed for enmeshed systems, updated dynamically, and running as many parallel ‘what if’ scenarios are required to completion.

“This installation will be the biggest installation of its kind in the region, and AEMO has shown bold leadership in its choice,” said Pierre-François Allaire, OPAL-RT Sales and Marketing Director. “We expect other power system operators in the region to sit up and take notice. HYPERSIM will be a boon for AEMO and to other utilities handling grid sizes of thousands of buses, modernization, and legacy equipment integration.”

HYPERSIM, used on a daily basis by Hydro-Quebec (and developed by IREQ in collaboration with OPAL-RT), is capable of simulating the hybrid/legacy environment and of running virtual tests of different configurations and designs to determine the best way to grow the network. It will enhance AEMO’s capacity in the crucial areas to support the operation of the grid.

HYPERSIM was selected for its open architecture using standard processors and operating systems and the possibility of running commercial cloud infrastructures.  But its key advantage is to reduce the processing time from several hours to execute one simulation run using conventional simulation tools to few minutes. AEMO specialists can now test many more contingencies in much less time to increase the global performance and reliability of their grid. The capability of executing very large scale parallel simulation using detailled electromagnetic models to simulate very accurately wind and solar plants is also a major achievement illustrating the flexibility of OPAL-RT’s and IREQ’s solution used also by several large utilities around the world.

“It’s not just about making the existing system better,” said Jean Bélanger, CEO and CTO of OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES. “These efforts ultimately perform many times more tests in less time, with the goal of increasing grid resiliency and facilitating the integration of renewable energies. We are proud to be a part of the international effort to move large scale power systems in this direction safely and efficiently. We look forward to the AEMO partnership as a proof that our evolving large-scale installations remain cutting-edge in this time of accelerated change.”

About OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES
OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES offers the most complete, open, and high-performance real-time power system simulation solutions on the market. They cover every need for traditional power grid simulations, and offer an unsurpassed level of scalability to design, simulate, and test complex power systems, thanks to their unprecedented level of product integration. The capability of OPAL-RT’s products to simulate everything from fast electromagnetic phenomenon to the transient stability of large power systems, allows power system engineers and scientists to optimize the security, efficiency, and performance of microgrid, renewable energy sources, and large interconnected power grids.

About AEMO 
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has as a mission to manage the electricity and gas systems and markets across Australia, helping to ensure Australians have access to affordable, secure and reliable energy. AEMO performs an array of gas and electricity market, operational, development and planning functions. It manages the National Electricity Market (NEM), the Wholesale Electricity Market and the Victorian gas transmission network. AEMO also facilitates electricity and gas full retail contestability, overseeing these retail markets in eastern and southern Australia. It is additionally responsible for national transmission planning for electricity and the establishment of a Short Term Trading Market (STTM) for gas.
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