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Digital twins are changing the grid

Renewable Energy

Twinning, the process of linking the physical world and virtual reality, has produced tangible tools for the power industry.

  • Digital twins are software representations of assets and processes used to understand, predict, and optimize performance, and consist of three components: data model, analytics, and knowledge.
  • GE reports it has more than 15,000 wind turbines operating in the digital twin mode.
  • American Electric Power (AEP) recently announced it has contracted with Siemens to provide a digital twin of their transmission system, which extends from Virginia to Texas.
  • There are no standardized digital twin platforms currently, and that is a challenge for widespread digital twin deployment by utilities