Energy Renewable Energy

Digital twins are changing the grid

Renewable Energy

Summary

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

Perspectives and insights

  • 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