As we’ve learned, minimizing life-cycle costs while keeping the technical aspects in mind is one of the key factors of the optimization, and it plays an important role in your asset investment planning. To open that up a bit more, the solution that Eero has worked on actually allows you to choose what kind of a network you are aiming at, and whether you are interested solely in the construction costs or want to take into account the entire network life-cycle, considering, for example, the reliability, operating, and maintenance costs. The most optimal network, of course, is the one designed for the entire life-cycle.
However, our solution isn’t just about routing in terms of the life-cycle costs. Eero also emphasizes the importance of doing dimensioning for the lines with the in-built load flow calculation. “We can make use of the results so that the outcoming network fulfills the technical constraints, such as ampacity, voltage drop.”
Adding switches hasn’t been forgotten, either. “We consider three different kinds of switches: manual disconnectors, remote disconnectors and reclosers. They will each be placed in the network in terms of optimal costs, always,” Eero continues, and adds: “For the resulting network, we also consider the normal open points.” Watching Eero demo the network generation, indeed, the optimization places both the switching devices and the open points into the automatically generated network in minutes. Talk about a work hour saver!
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“Whatever we do with the network, it’s always based on minimizing the costs.”
Now I’m starting to share Eero’s enthusiasm over the optimization. But, where this may have been one of the coolest aspects in our network optimization, I’m luckily not by any means done with the topic!
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