The Power Grid Control Room Gets Diversified at DISTRIBUTECH 2024

 

In the heart of a power grid control room, operators oversee the intricate dance of dispatching and monitoring electricity across a vast region, guided by an advanced array of screens that map out the energy landscape in real time. This nerve center is crucial for balancing energy supply with demand, facilitating auctions, and maintaining the grid’s reliability, mainly as integrating renewable energy sources introduces new complexities. The advent of smart-grid technologies promises to revolutionize grid management, offering unprecedented monitoring and predictive capabilities to accommodate the unpredictable nature of wind and solar power. A comprehensive IT infrastructure supports these critical operations, ensuring seamless coordination and system resilience essential for the modern power network.

Recognizing the evolving challenges of power grid management, companies like Diversified are at the forefront of developing state-of-the-art solutions for power grid control rooms. By leveraging cutting-edge technology, Diversified enhances the capabilities of control rooms, enabling seamless coordination and bolstering system resilience—key components for the modern power network. At DISTRIBUTECH 2024, MarketScale spoke with Brian Wanner, the SME of Mission Critical Environments, and Tyler Bonner, the SVP of Mission Critical Environments at Diversified. They shared how Diversified’s innovative solutions are shaping the future of power grid control rooms, ensuring they meet today’s energy challenges and tomorrow’s demands.

Brian and Tyler’s Thoughts

Brian

“DISTRIBUTECH really brings together the community and the power utility market. It’s a way for us to network with not only our clients but also manufacturer partners and learn more about different cutting-edge technologies that we can integrate into the command-and-control space.”

Tyler

“There’s a growing demand to make sure that the operators are highly effective, and the technologies that we’re able to bring to them from our partners and within our engineering teams are really helping them be more responsive, answer the mail when it comes to critical situations from an operational standpoint, so it’s video walls, how do those integrate into these, mission-critical command and control environments. But it’s also down to the furnishings and everything else. Finding someone like Diversified to bring that entire package together is really unusual for these power utilities. So that’s kind of what our conversation is.”

Brian

“We’re one of the largest actual AV or audio-visual system integrators in the country, in the world. Our team is dedicated to this power utility control room space. Our experience, not only on the sales side but also on the engineering side, allows us to create extra value and support a client’s projects overall. They have different unique use cases and want to leverage the technologies of other variations that we might have experience deploying and working with our partnership.”

 

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