Ideas create the future - Innovation Report 2020 - Westnetz GmbH

 
Ideas create the future - Innovation Report 2020 - Westnetz GmbH
Ideas create
the future.
Innovation Report 2020
Ideas create the future - Innovation Report 2020 - Westnetz GmbH
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                                                                                                                                                                 An energy-charged,
                                                                                                                                                                 inspired welcome to you,

                                                                                         “There is nothing in                                                   We are delighted and proud to present our innovation report this year, which
                                                                                                                                                                 we have once again published under the title “Ideas create the future”. Because
                                                                                          the world so power-                                                    thinking, inventing and shaping the energy revolution never stops in our company.
                                                                                                                                                                 Ideas are the driving force behind all changes – and this is particularly true of
                                                                                          ful as an idea whose                                                   the energy distribution grids of the future.

                                                                                          time has come.”                                                        As the French writer Victor-Marie Hugo stated many years ago: “There is nothing
                                                                                                                                                                 in the world so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” With this in mind,
                                                                                              V
                                                                                               ictor-Marie Hugo, French writer                                  we are happy to be inspired by you and our surroundings and, in return, we are
                                                                                              * 26/02/1802 in Besançon; † 22/05/1885 in Paris
                                                                                                                                                                 eager to share our own inspiring future projects with you.

                                                                                                                                                                 The demands on distribution system operators are growing, changing, and are
                                                                                                                                                                 driving us to deliver top performance. The declared goal of decarbonisation
                                                                                                                                                                 can only be achieved if we embark on new paths together with partners from
                                                                                                                                                                 science and industry, establish future-proof technologies and make our grids
                                                                                                                                                                 so intelligent that they can take control of energy flows almost independently.
                                                                                                                                                                 Netzbetrieb 4.0 is an important watch word here – active grids for active times.
                         Gas/heat           Electricity
                                                                                                                                                                 The energy revolution continues to pose new challenges for us – and therefore
                                                                                                                                                                 also the community in general. A reliable energy supply is part of the prosperity
                                                                                                                                                                 enjoyed in our society today. We want to be a reliable partner and a future-­
                                                                                                                                                                 oriented employer for this. This includes encouraging our employees to get
                                                                                                                                                                 creative and develop ideas to help shape the energy world of the future with
                                            Gas grids               Electricity     Communication           Artificial                                           their own innovations.
                                         (natural and bio-             grids          of the grids        intelligence
                                          gas, hydrogen)                           (e.g. fibre optics)
                                                                                                                                                                 In this report, you will find out about the ideas inspire us, the projects we are
                                                                                                                                                                 launching and the technologies we are using to be an active and forward-­
                                                                                                                                                                 looking part of the energy revolution. Every step – whether small or large –
                                                                           Decentralised          Supply to         Industrial
                                                                                                                                                                 towards a CO2-free energy supply by 2050 is important and much easier to
                                                                              supply            conurbations          supply                                     take together with cooperation partners. We are convinced of this.

                                                                                                                                                                 At Westnetz, each individual faces the challenges on all levels: We work creatively,
                                                                                                                                                                 sustainably and flexibly – these are the cornerstones of any new idea. In addition,
                                                                                                                                                                 we give you an exclusive insight into the specific work carried out by our em-
Wind power   Photovoltaics    Biomass      Hydropower               Fuel cells
                                                                      Fuel           Power plants          Combined        Power-to-gas                          ployees. Because people here work every day to provide a high-performance
                                                                      cells                                 heat and
                                                                                                          power plant                          Sustainability/   energy distribution grid, thus guaranteeing a reliable supply for their fellow
                                                                                                                                               environmental     people. Thank you for your work!
                                                                                                                                                 protection

                                                                                                                                                                 I hope you have fun reading.
       Smart grid       AR/VR         Energy              Smart            Maintenance/             Charging         Storage      Digitalisation
        and cable      workflow     management            control             servicing        ­iinfrastructure
                                                                                                  nfrastructure    technology                                    Kind regards,
       technology      support                                            e.g. with drones       for e-mobility

                                                                                Charging
                                                                           ­iinfrastructure
                                                                              nfrastructure                                                                      Dr. Stefan Küppers
                                                                               for eBikes
                                                                                                                                                                 Managing Director Westnetz
                                                                                                                                                                 Special Technology and Digitalisation
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           Contents                                                      CREATIVE.                                       Page 10   SUSTAINABLE.Page 32                                          FLEXIBLE.                              Page 50

 Ideas create                                                            Mettmann training campus –
                                                                         a training centre of the future
                                                                                                                                    SmartQuart –
                                                                                                                                    the first real laboratory in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Netzbetrieb 4.0 –
                                                                                                                                                                                                 we are making the grid smart
 the future.                                                                                                             Page 12   energy revolution goes live       Page 34                                                            Page 52

 Overview                                                                Inspection process with perspective:                       Wanderath is becoming e-mobile,                              Evaluation instead of touching –
                                                                         Drones provide detailed images                             thereby protecting the environment                           with the Internet of Things, the
 innovations                          Page 04
                                                                         from the sky                      Page 16                 and the distribution grid         Page 36                   physical world is becoming digital  Page 54

 Innovations at Westnetz –                                               Machine learning supports                                  E-mobility – the topic of the                                Better together –
 creative employees are our key                                          optimal use of material and people                        recent past, present and future                              innovative sector coupling
 to sustainable success               Page 06                                                                            Page 20                                     Page 38                   with electricity and gas grids          Page 56

 The grid full of possibilities:                                         Westnetz installers                                        Responsibility from A to Z –                                 Green hydrogen for the
 CREATIVE. SUSTAINABLE. FLEXIBLE.                                        are multi-talented                                         project engineers are actively                               energy supply of the future
                                Page 08                                                                                 Page 22   shaping the energy revolution     Page 40                                                           Page 60

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Trainee@Westnetz – flexible development
                                                                                                                                                                                                 opportunities and group-wide grids
                                                                                                                                                                                                 are a key focus at our company    Page 62

                                                                        Project overview                                 Page 24   Project overview                  Page 42                   Project overview                            Page 64

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Degree theses
                                                                                                                                                                                                 from 2017–2019                          Page 70

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Contacts                                Page 76

                                                                     Note to the reader
                                                                     The terms employee, colleague, customer and similar
                                                                     used in this report are representative of all genders.
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Overview innovations
                                                                                                                                             Constant growth in patent registrations                                   Projects completed each year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       45
                                                                                                                                             20                                                                        40
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       35
   Number of R&D and innovation projects                              Expenditure for R&D and innovation projects                            15                                                                        30                                                     21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       25                16
   90                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                21
                                                                                                                                             10                                                      21                20                                     12
   80                                                                                                                                                                                        17
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   70                                                                 10                                                                                                             13                                                             5
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                                                                                                                                              5                           9                                            10                                                     18
   60                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17                   15
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                8
   50               25                           41
                              26         34                                                                                                   0                                                                         0
   40                                                    24                 1.7
          21                                                           5                                                                            2015      2016      2017         2018   2019    2020                      2015      2016      2017        2018   2019    2020
   30                                                                                                                                                                                              Forecast                                                                 Forecast
                                                                                       1.5        1.3                  1.9
   20                                                                                                        1.6
                    35        34                                            5.2                                                   2.0               Number of patent registrations                                            Completed innovation projects
          25                              29    28       30
   10                                                                                  2.9        2.6        2.3       2.4                          Mean value                                                                Completed R&D projects
                                                                                                                                  1.2
     0                                                                 0
         2015      2016      2017        2018   2019    2020               2015       2016       2017      2018       2019      2020
                                                       Forecast                                                                Forecast

         Number of innovation projects                                     Innovation projects, cumulative costs in millions of Euro      Increased value due to technological advantage                           Our innovation management is rounded off with fresh
         Number of R&D projects                                            R&D projects, cumulative costs in millions of Euro                                                                                      ideas from innovative people
                                                                                                                                          The more we open ourselves up to new technologies and
                                                                                                                                          cooperations, the more important it is for us to protect                 Through targeted campaigns in idea management, we bring
                                                                                                                                          our technological advantage with patent registrations.                   out the innovative spirit of our employees and cooperation­
Our extensive R&D and innovation projects make us fit             Investments in innovations at a permanently high level                  With the support of the Westnetz innovation culture, the                 partners. We look for ideas on current topics such as
for the future                                                                                                                            number of patent registrations has increased continuously                augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, sustainability
                                                                  Like the number of projects, the annual expenditure for                 over the past few years. The portfolio includes 93 patent                and occupational safety, for example. Whether the impact
With 28 research and development projects in 2019, which          R&D and innovation projects shows the extent of our                     registrations in total (status: 31/05/2020).                             is big or small, all ideas are welcome.
we are pushing forward in cooperation with innogy SE              activities. In 2019, the expenditure reached a concrete
and other partners, we aim to set milestones in technology        sum of 4.3 million Euro. For 2020, expenditures to a total              Licensing for the production and distribution of Westnetz
and business field development. We have also developed            of 3.2 million Euro are planned. The annual fluctuations in             inventions is also on the increase, with seven licensing                          Your contact person for
an additional 41 innovation projects on our own for the           expenditure can be explained in particular by special topics            cooperations. This ensures the Westnetz supply with the                           idea management:
efficient distribution grid operation of the future. The          and large purchases in individual projects.                             invented technologies in the long term and makes new
results are outlined in this report.                                                                                                      revenues possible with our protected technological
                                                                                                                                          advantage. This success is due in particular to new                                    Thomas Schmitt
Innovation management project management is the single                                                                                    cooperations with manufacturers linked to the global
point of contact. It supports the project managers with                                                                                   market for distribution grid technologies.                                             thomas.schmitt@westnetz.de
carrying out research, development and innovation projects.                                                                                                                                                                      T +49 271 584-2144
A service from A to Z is offered – from supporting budget                                                                                 At Westnetz, you will be supported by patent coordinator
procurement and a necessary and on-time reporting, to                                                                                     Klaus Peters from the idea through to patent exploitation,
the proper completion of the project in SAP. The project                                                                                  as during the licensing process, for example. Get in touch
results and documentation are retained permanently and                                                                                    with him as early as possible.
are available for further project developments. Project           You can reach us via the central
control is also the central contact partner for innogy SE         email address or by telephone:                                                                                                                   Since 2015, we have successfully completed a total of
for calls for funds, allocation of resources and invoicing                                                                                                                                                         125 R&D and innovation projects, 33 of which were
of costs.                                                                                                                                         Your contact person for                                          completed in 2019. The project results are used in the
                                                                       Doris Miester                                                              patent coordination:                                             innovation follow-up process in the specialist divisions,
                                                                       T +49 231 438-1308                                                                                                                          where their advantages can be exploited to their full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   potential.
                                                                       Jannis Kolodzig                                                                 Klaus Peters
                                                                       T +49 271 584-2017
                                                                                                                                                       klaus.peters@westnetz.de
                                                                       DRW-T-I_Projektsteuerung@westnetz.de                                            T +49 281 201-2471
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Ideen&Innovationen.förder.fordern@Westnetz

Employees with a creative mindset
are our key to sustainable success                                                                                               “To increase our productivity and innovation at Westnetz,             “Ideas create the future – and this is why the creative,
                                                                                                                                  our actions must be instinctively helpful to our colleagues.           innovative contribution of each department and every
                                                                                                                                  This helps us to avoid behavioural pitfalls in everyday life           employee’s ideas are needed so that Westnetz can
                                         “For our customers, we are the solution for the intelligent energy system                and increase our innovative performance.”                              continue to shape the energy world of tomorrow and
                                         of the future”, and have therefore always firmly anchored the spirit of                 		        Rebecca Langenhof, Westnetz Innovation Manager               proactively drive forward technologies of the future.”
                                         innovation in our corporate vision. Our goal is to enable our employees to                                                                                     		        Martin Göbel, Westnetz Innovation Manager
                                         establish Westnetz as a distribution system operator for a successful
                                         energy revolution as a source and implementer of innovations. As a driving
                                         force and promoters, our managers pave the way for unlocking the creative
                                         potential of each individual – so that ideas can continue to create the future.

                                         The energy revolution poses a number of challenges for distribution system
                                         operators, where continuous development and innovations are essential                   We achieve this through a series of creative measures:
                                         factors for the sustainable success of the company. It is important for                 •	Interesting projects are provided as ideas and innovation
                                         Westnetz to remain competitive in a dynamic market and competitive                         inspiration on the intranet.
                                         environment, to shape the future energy supply system taking into account               •	Employees can submit their own suggestions to idea
                                         social and environmental trends, while at the same time maintaining the high               management at any time or in innovation management
                                         quality of energy distribution. The level of innovation required for this can              as their own descriptions.
                                         only be achieved with the help of each individual employee. The key words are           •	Brief presentations or creative units raise awareness
                                         WANT * CAN * MAY. Only when these basic requirements have been met will                    and motivate the relevant target groups at various events,
                                         we be able to DO and innovate successfully.                                                from trainees to managers.
                                                                                                                                 •	Regional contacts for digitalisation, innovation and new
                                         While the day-to-day operation of the grid is based on efficiency and standard­            technologies have been established.
                                         ization in order to ensure reliability of supply, shaping the future requires changes   •	Creativity and agile method workshops train employees
                                         and progressive thinking – often outside the box. The key to success is the                in creative thinking.
                                         visions of employees, who, of course, also need to be given the necessary
                                         freedom for creativity and imagination. Time and continuity are also important
                                         factors for sustainable change.

                                         Innovative. Creative. Active.                                                              WANT                       x     CAN                         x     MAY                         =     DO
                                         Westnetz focuses on technologies of the future and new ways of working in
                                         order to establish intelligent and innovative solutions with partners from
                                         science and industry. Within the group, we challenge and encourage our
                                         em­ployees to be open to new things, to think creatively and to network                 Employees and managers            We want to provide our            Managers create freedom           As a company, Westnetz
                                         effectively with each other. And the mission has been a success – the regular           are continuously made             employees with information        and structures for innov­         supports both employees
                                         employee surveys show a significant increase in the perception of a culture of          aware of the importance of        and methodological and            ation. They put their trust       and managers in their
                                         innovationin the company (7 percent increase from 2017 to 2019).                        and motivated to come up          social skills for ideas and       in employees, support             innovation activities
Your contacts on this subject:                                                                                                   with ideas and innovations.       innovations. They should          inventors and innovators          throughout the entire
Rebecca Langenhof                        We already support R&D and innovation projects and are actively involved in             They should identify with         live an open, cross-depart-       and give them a high              process: Generating ideas,
rebecca.langenhof@westnetz.de            around 600 internal ideas for improvement every year. The aim is to develop             our vision, be open to new        mental exchange and use           degree of personal respon-        shaping projects, creating
                                         the individual’s unique spirit of innovation at all times, to strengthen the            things, embrace change            and share their knowledge         sibility to enable creative       innovations with sustain-
Martin Göbel                             culture of innovation in the long term and to create a constructive working             and show initiative.              of creative and agile             thinking in everyday work.        able added value for the
martinantonius.goebel@westnetz.de        atmosphere.                                                                                                               innovation methods.                                                 group and its customers.
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                     Ideas
                     ignite                                               The grid full                                                               CREATIVE.
                     each other                                           of possibilities
                                                                          As a distribution system operator, Westnetz not only

                     like
                                                                          ensures a reliable and sustainable energy supply, but
                                                                          also connects regions and their people.

                                                                          Meeting the ever-changing challenges in the interests
                                                                          of the community requires a functioning, inspiring

                                                                                                                                              SUSTAINABLE.
                     electric
                                                                          network. Everyone is required to play their part, think
                                                                          creatively, manage sustainably and act flexibly.

                                                                          We pool the energy of our employees and use it
                                                                          positively – for communities, for technology partners,

                     sparks.
                                                                          for distribution system operators, for people. We
                                                                          safeguard locations, expand communication and
                                                                          charging infrastructures, ensure the supply reliability
                                                                          and gladly share our expertise. Because: “Ideas ignite
                                                                          each other like electric sparks.”

                                                                                                                                                       FLEXIBLE.
                      Johann Jakob Engel, German writer and philosopher
                      * 11/09/1741, † 28/06/1802 – in Parchim
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                                                   CREATIVE.
                                                    We think creatively and create an intelligent network of the
                                                    future: Our employees work across departments, combining
                                                    their knowledge and ideas – the company is networking
                                                    with technology partners to establish innovative solutions
                                                    on the market. Drones are already replacing costly helicopter
                                                    flights, artificial intelligence is evaluating data for us and
                                                    virtual reality is increasing knowledge transfer in our new
                                                    training centre.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 “A training campus for the energy world of tomorrow,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   developed by experts for specialists: Together with
                                                                                                                                                                                                   partners from science and industry, we can find answers
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to familiar and not yet asked questions about the future
                                                                                                                                                                                                   energy supply.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 			               Dr. Stefan Küppers Managing Director Westnetz

                                                                                                                                                                                                 “I am delighted that Westnetz has chosen Mettmann as
                                                                                                                                                                                                  its location for its new training campus. The Westnetz
                                                                                                                                                                                                  future workshop is a great asset to our city and will
                                                                                                                                                                                                  further strengthen Mettmann as a business location.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  For everyone involved, I hope that the training campus
                                                                                                                                                                                                  becomes a place of knowledge transfer and innovation.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 			                Thomas Dinkelmann, Mayor of Mettmann

Mettmann training campus –
a training centre of the future
                                                                                                                                 From the future to the present – the Mettmann training campus makes it
                                                                                                                                 possible
Picture above (from left): Harald Heß,     In October 2019, Westnetz opened a state-of-the-art training campus for               The basis for this is a new, varied switch system, which is equipped with different
Managing Director innogy Westenergie ·     its employees at the substation site in Mettmann. Since then, technologies            plant types from different manufacturers. This creates a training grid from the
Dr Stefan Küppers, Managing Director
Westnetz · Thomas Dinkelmann, Mayor        of the future have been tested, researched and experienced – for the digital          low-voltage outflow to the substation bundled in one place.
of Mettmann · Thomas Walkiewicz,           and networked energy world of tomorrow and beyond.
Computer Centre Manager Neuss ·                                                                                                  The aim is to train the grid installers for switching operations on the systems
Stefan Kreutz, Head of Technology ·
Deliah Hecker, Technology Department
                                           The vision of the future: A new generation of technicians is facing completely        in the gridarea – all under realistic but safe training conditions – so that work
                                           new activities and work processes in the operational running of the energy            can later take place under voltages of up to 30,000 volts without complications.
                                           distribution grids. Even if many things appear unchanged at first glance – a
                                           lot of steel, large substations, long overhead lines and compact transformer          The training courses are an important basis for gaining switching skills – an
                                           stations – digitalisation has come into play, particularly at the lower grid          absolute prerequisite for day-to-day business, maintenance work and securing
                                           levels. In the distribution grid of the future, a large number of sensors collect     the supply quickly in the event of a malfunction. This is because the systems
                                           data from the equipment and make it available wirelessly on an online platform.       are still manually switched on site by the trained fitter.
                                           Drones automatically and efficiently inspect the grids from the air and assess
                                           possible sources of errors using artificial intelligence. For switching operations,   Employees are also familiarised with the use of innovative technology during
                                           colleagues on site are supported with live data and safety information via data       the training course. The concept of the training campus relies on digital teaching
                                           glasses using augmented reality. A big vision – admittedly – that is already          methods and blended learning, a learning model in which computer-based
                                           close to becoming reality in the Mettmann training campus.                            learning and traditional teaching are combined.
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                                                                                                                                     Discover and experience advanced technologies
                                                                                                                                     For the first time, experienced speakers and technology experts are combining
                                                                                                                                     and enriching the traditional training approaches with applications from the
                                                                                                                                     field of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). The real world is being expanded
                                                                                                                                     with digital, computer-based content, allowing for more extensive learning
                                                                                                                                     experiences.

“This training campus enables effective learning, digitised             “The training campus brings people, digitalisation and     Virtual reality can be used to train for those situations that would be too
  teaching and prepares the installers optimally for the                  equipment together. I think that’s great, because it       expensive, too dangerous or impossible to simulate in reality. For example,
  practice and future technologies. And as a university                   allows us to learn how they interact and develop new       Westnetz develops incident training for a large fire in the substation and
  of applied science, we are proud to support this project.               ideas together in an agile world.”                         trains safe conduct in a stressful situation. By consciously trying things out
  The success concept for modern training lies in appli­                    	    Harald Heß, Managing Director innogy Westenergie   and making mistakes, participants gain greater certainty in dealing with
  cation-­­oriented laboratories such as these, which provide                                                                        problematic situations to ensure that they are optimally prepared in the event
  the participants with the best possible prepa­r­ation for                                                                          of an emergency. VR is therefore a modern tool for immersive and effective
  practice through the knowledge process.”                                                                                           learning, which can support and relieve the burden on training consultants in
      Prof. Jürgen Bechtloff, South Westphalia University of                                                                        the future.
     Applied Sciences, scientific associates to the training campus
                                                                                                                                     Making the invisible visible in an augmented reality
                                                                                                                                     Alongside virtual reality, augmented reality is also used at the training campus
                                                                                                                                     in Mettmann. The real world is augmented with digital, computer-based
                                                                                                                                     content and additional information – via data glasses or smartphones. This
                                                                                                                                     can be part of the training courses, but can also help with on-site operational
                                                                                                                                     activities in particular if, for example, the plant condition and relevant sensor
                                                                                                                                     data are projected live into the person’s own field of vision. If it is easy to see
                                                                                                                                     at a glance whether the panel is energised or disconnected, this not only
                                                                                                                                     supports the technicians in their work, but also ensures increased work safety.

                                                                                                                                     A place of innovation
                                                                                                                                     The new training campus has a clear goal: To enable and motivate already
                                                                                                                                     well-trained professionals to apply and further develop new technologies and
                                                                                                                                     ways of working. Knowledge and experience should be shared profitably with
                                                                                                                                     all involved – by professionals for professionals. Together with partners from
                                                                                                                                     science and industry, answers to familiar and not yet asked questions about
                                                                                                                                     future energy supply can be found at this place of innovation.

The technologies in the training campus

The laboratory character provides an ideal environment                The Internet of Things allows everyday and technical
for testing future technologies under real conditions                 objects to be networked via the internet. Things are
before they are installed on a large scale in the power               monitored “intelligently” with embedded systems,               You can find more information on
grid.                                                                 abnormalities in technical systems are observed with           the training campus in Mettmann here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          SUSTAINABLE.
                                                                      the latest sensor technology, for example, thus                                                                                     To enable us to master all aspects of the energy
The technologies used in the training campus include                  increasing the scope for intervention.                                                                                              revolution, the development of new, sustainable
• Internet of Things – IoT (see P. 54)                                                                                                                                                                    technologies is essential. The testing of innovative
• Digital twin (see P. 54)                                                                                                           Contact Hanna Kammering and Stefan                                   resources and new procedures is just as essential
• Sensors                                                                                                                            Kreutz with any questions about the                                  as their integration into the day-to-day work of
• Automated drone flight (see P. 16)                                                                                                 Mettmann training campus:                                            employees and an active transfer of knowledge.
                                                                                                                                     hanna.kammering@westnetz.de
                                                                                                                                     s.kreutz@westnetz.de
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        Inspection process with perspective:                                                                         Drones provide detailed images
                                                                                                                     from the sky

                                   In the area of “automated overhead line inspection”, Westnetz is combining        material for artificial intelligence (AI). They detect and analyse typical fault
                                   two technologies that are both ready for the market and future-oriented.          locations, such as defective insulators or faults in the conductor cable. The
                                   The drone hardware meets software with artificial intelligence in order to        drones could potentially be used to support vegetation management. This
                                   make the entire process creative, sustainable and flexible in the future.         would mean that cultivation work could be carried out in a need-based
                                                                                                                     approach.
                                   Several types of drone are already being integrated into the routine inspection
                                   process as a new tool. The system is currently used selectively on request in     Westnetz currently has two test tracks. Typical fault patterns are installed on
                                   a specialist area.                                                                a specially prepared, decommissioned medium-voltage line, at a length of
                                                                                                                     1.5km, on which the image analysis software can be tested. An operational
                                   In the further process, image analysis software for automated error detection     110kV high voltage line also offers a 5km long track for testing the new
                                   on high-voltage and medium-voltage lines is tested. The drone cameras – partly    technologies. Further high-voltage test lines with lengths over 20km are
                                   controlled by a modern VR goggle – collect extensive image data as teaching       being prepared for testing automatic drone flights.

     Benefits of using         Optimization of intensive inspections and fault        Increased occupational         More flexible inspection         Process optimisation            Valid data basis and      Expansion of the range of
     drones in the             analyses on overhead lines, cable fittings and         safety by reducing the need    of plants thanks to quick        and more targeted use           digitalization of the     services – beyond our own
     inspection process        insulators, as well as inspection documentation        to climb HV masts              availability of drones           of people and machines          inspection process        network
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                                                                                                                             Potential on all levels
                                                                                                                             Despite all the successes so far, the project is still in its infancy and has
                                                                                                                             great potential. In the future, drones will fly from substation to substation
                                                                                                                             and provide an overview of the condition of all lines and masts thanks to
                                                                                                                             automated analysis procedures. Data transmission and charging can then
                                                                                                                             take place in the substations via so-called drone in the box. As a first
SUSTAINABLE.                                                                                                                 step towards this big vision, drones will inspect overhead lines semi-auto-
The use of drones in the manual inspection process               •	Inspections from a safe distance and in special         matically in the field of vision of the drone controller. The drone flies a
pays off on several levels:                                         conditions (viaducts, rough terrain) are possible        pre-programmed flight route in this approach, so that the employee can
•	Inspections can be carried out flexibly and at shorter           and masts have to be climbed less frequently,            concentrate on the actual inspection.
   intervals, increasing the reliability of supply even             which also increases occupational safety.
   further.                                                      •	Drones can help to improve vegetation man-               The advantages are as diverse as they are obvious: The inspection is not
•	Drones provide a better view of some fault locations –           agement, minimize the impact of construction             only easier, but also faster. Hard to reach masts or pipes can be checked
   such as insulators – and valuable data for future                sites on nature and reduce costs and travel.             without much effort. And in the event of a malfunction, an initial impression
   projects.                                                     •	Drones can be used as an alternative to the              of the situation can be obtained quickly, for example if a tree has fallen on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     © eSmart
                                                                    helicopter in individual cases (e.g. in conurbations).   a line during a storm.

FLEXIBLE.
The easy transportation of the drone in the installer’s
vehicle ensures rapid availability. This allows plants to                   Automated drone flights and image
be checked flexibly, which conserves resources, optimises                   recognition are growing markets.
the scope of construction sites and machine use, and
saves unnecessary work. The inspectiontime is re­duced                      The motivation: With the help of these
in part, but the range is increased because even rough                      innovative technologies, Westnetz –
terrain can be monitored easily.                                            together with sister companies under
                                                                            the umbrella of the new E.ON – aims to
Digitalization of the inspection process and optimised
documentation also lead to an increasingly compre-                          play a pioneering role in the field of
hensive data basis that can be used for further                             overhead line inspection.
applications and projects.

                                                                                                                             Due to the promising prospects, an expansion of the Westnetz drone fleet is
                                                                                                                             planned for 2020. The regional centres are to be equipped with twelve different
                                                                                                                             types of drone for large-scale use, which are to be tested specifically for the
                                                                                                                             inspection of medium voltage lines. Eight special drones which can provide                    Read more about automated
                                                                                                                             particularly detailed photographs are also to be used for the intensive inspection            overhead line inspection here.
                                                                                                                             of high-voltage lines. A defined BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line Of Sight) flight is
                                                                                                                             also planned, i.e. a drone flight outside the visual contact and without the
                                                                                                                             active involvement of the pilot – a milestone of the overall vision to be
                                                                                                                             achieved in cooperation with the sister companies.                                   Your contacts on this subject:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frederik Puhe
                                                                                                                             Today, the drones are also used as a technical service for other distribution        frederik.puhe@westnetz.de
                                                                                                                             system operators. Westnetz likes to make its extensive expertise and
                                                                                                                             technological progress available on a national level, thus allowing other grid       Matthias Schmidgen
                                                                                                                             operators to benefit from the advantages.                                            m.schmidgen@westnetz.de
20          CREATIVE. Machine learning _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020                                                                                                      CREATIVE. Machine learning _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020         21

What do wooden masts and algorithms have in common?                                                                        Small mast – great benefit

                                                                                                                               Applying future-proof technologies
Machine learning supports                                                                                                      Optimized maintenance of equipment

optimal use of material                                                                                                        Improved budget and deployment planning

and people                                                                                                                     Minimize inspections while maximizing expertise

                                          Westnetz is already successfully testing the innovative principle of machine     Asset management and maintenance planning are provided with an effective
                                          learning in the inspection and repair of wooden masts in the distribution        tool that reliably predicts the future condition of the masts and, in particular,
                                          grid area. In this approach, an artificial system ‘learns’ from existing data    the end of their service life. In this way, maintenance, renewal and replacement
                                          using an algorithm to make predictions for future developments.                  measures can be optimised and work on site can be reduced.

                                          In the specific use case, characteristics and status information of the wooden   Wooden masts today – tomorrow the entire grid
                                          masts (such as age, type of wood and any damage) are intelligently linked to     Experts from various specialist fields are responsible for the successful imple-
                                          publicly available data (such as type of land use, groundwater conditions or     mentation of the machine learning approach: Asset managers, wooden mast
                                          possible flood plain). The algorithm detects the correlation between the         experts, IT specialists and data scientists are working together to establish
                                          condition of the mast and the influencing factors, and can thus infer the        Westnetz as the innovative distribution system operator of the future. Where
                                          service life of other wooden masts based on the inspections carried out in       machines and computers currently take over the classification of wooden
                                          the past.                                                                        masts for humans, tomorrow they will be used to achieve optimal maintenance
                                                                                                                           of all mass equipment. This not only saves time and costs, but also allows the
                                                                                                                           specialists to combine their expertise for further future-orientated topics. In
                                                                                                                           addition, Westnetz can act as a competent point of contact for other distri-
                                                                                                                           bution system operators for assessing equipment.

                                                                                                                           Figures, data, facts
                                                                                                                           Using this advanced machine learning process, more than 200,000 wooden
SUSTAINABLE.                                                                                                               masts can be categorized with an accuracy of over 90 percent and their service
The maintenance and renewal measures can be                                                                                life assessed in real time.
optimised based on the service life predictions for
each individual mast – in particular by bundling the
work in the respective line sections. The measures
are planned and implemented more efficiently and
cost-effectively by reducing the number of deploy-
ments.

FLEXIBLE.
The service life of the masts can be assessed more
effectively in the future. Adapted and much more
efficient inspection cycles can be derived from this.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Your contacts on this subject:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Andreas Grohs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       andreas.grohs@westnetz.de

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dirk Herweg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       dirk.herweg@westnetz.de
22       CREATIVE. Multi-talented installers _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020                                                                                         CREATIVE. Multi-talented installers _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020          23

From sleeve ditches to augmented reality
                                                                                                                                 Customer arena
                                                                                                                                 Westnetz maintains an open internal dialogue between the distri-

Westnetz                                The energy industry is changing more than ever. The stated objectives:
                                        Decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation. It goes without saying
                                                                                                                                 bution grid operation and the training department. This is the only
                                                                                                                                 way for the company to ensure that the trained specialist are fit

technicians
                                        that Westnetz is making its work processes just as flexible and future-­                 for the energy industry of the future at all times.
                                        oriented and is adapting them to the requirements of tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                 The expectations of distribution grid operators are first discussed

are multi­                              According to Focus Money, the company is one of the best training companies
                                        in Germany – not least thanks to its modern and innovative training content.
                                        Grid technicians start their training as electronics engineers for industrial
                                                                                                                                 in a so-called customer arena: What should and must a grid techni-
                                                                                                                                 cian of the future be able to do? The trainers then weigh up the
                                                                                                                                 requirements against the possibilities with the training managers
talented                                technology in accordance with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK)
                                        professional model, but end it as true all-rounders.
                                                                                                                                 and the objectives of the training are finally defined in a creative
                                                                                                                                 exchange between all participants. This includes not only profes-
                                                                                                                                 sional expertise in dealing with modern technologies, but also
                                        Westnetz places particular importance on enriching the technical profession              cooperation between colleagues. Freshly trained installers should
                                        with modern elements. However, practice remains the basis – good, tried and              support older colleagues in dealing with the digital world (new
                                        tested and indispensable. Technicians get their hands dirty, learn how to use            media and devices such as tablets) and, in turn, benefit from their
                                        the right tool in the relevant application case and even end up in the sleeve            many years of experience.
                                        ditches themselves on occasion. They also use tablets instead of binders or
                                        receive live data projected into their field of view via augmented reality
                                        glasses during training courses for the profession of switching installer.

                                        It is not only handling new technologies that is part of everyday professional      Installation or controlling drones? We can do both.                                  More information on training at
                                        life for Westnetz technicians – the transfer of knowledge also takes place          The profession of grid installer is constantly changing and is moving towards        Westnetz is available here:
                                        creatively and progressively via the Internet or learning platforms during          the future together with the energy industry. Westnetz not only trains its
                                        training and further education. The Internet of Things relating to the modern       professionals comprehensively and in the most modern way, it also actively
                                        distribution grid (e.g. controllable secondary substations, new data transmission   supports them throughout their professional lives with training, courses and
                                        standards for grid automation) is also one of the important learning content        further training. So a technician may suddenly find himself working as a drone
                                        here.                                                                               controller – modern multi-talented people in the energy grid.

                                                                                                                            Today, digital process support simplifies many workflows, such as resource
                        “In the modern, fast-paced world, our future technicians                                           planning, the dispatch of work materials or inventory management. Circuit
                         have to constantly adapt to changes and technical                                                  manuals are available online, instead of a briefcase, a tablet is the constant
                         developments. In order for us to be able to take these                                             companion for on-site operations. The pace is increasing and the working
                         into account within the training phase, a timely exchange                                          environment is constantly changing. This also requires courage. Technicians
                         between the company and the training system is essential.                                          at Westnetz do not rely solely on the specialist knowledge they have already
                         Only together can we provide the necessary knowledge.”                                             learned, but actively adapt to the demands of the future. They are willing to        Your contact on this subject:
                        		        Michael Böckelmann, Head of Training Region North East                                   continue learning throughout their career in order to acquire new digital and        Dirk Schulte, Head of Training and
                                                                                                                            analogue tools to support distribution grid operations and to apply them in          Further Technical Training
                                                                                                                            everyday life.                                                                       dirk.schulte@westnetz.de

                                                                                                                                                                                                SUSTAINABLE.
                                                                                                                                                                                                The energy revolution entails many new require-
                                                                                                                                                                                                ments – in terms of climate protection, low-emission
                                                                                                                                                                                                energy production, electromobility and much more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                The resulting, ever-increasing workload and com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                plexity can only be mastered with new processes
                                                                                                                                                                                                and technical support. The key task is to establish
                                                                                                                                                                                                and use modern communicationtechnologies (such
                                                                                                                                                                                                as WLAN, Lora WAN, 5G data transmission) in
                                                                                                                                                                                                order to make the necessary decentralised energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                supply of the future possible.
24   CREATIVE. Project overview _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020                                               CREATIVE. Project overview _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020           25

     CREATIVE.                                                               Project overview

                                                                    K.1    Automated overhead line inspection (AOI)                                                               26

                                                                    K.2    BliTras – reactive power concepts in light of expansion measures                                       26

                                                                    K.3    Corona-copter – test use for the evaluation of new damage detection methods                            26

                                                                    K.4    CoSMiC-Eye@Westnetz – vegetation management of line routes                                             26

                                                                    K.5    Plastic roof stands (GRP) – development and trial operation                                            26

                                                                    K.6    Digital timesheet – more efficient fulfilment of documentation requirements                            27

                                                                    K.7    Digital station book – an overview of everything, from anywhere, in the future                         27

                                                                    K.8    Dynamic simulation of medium and high-voltage grids and generation plants                              27

                                                                    K.9    Electronic locking system – electronic safeguarding of substations                                     27

                                                                    K.10   Gridcast – grid status forecasts with weather and consumption data                                     27

                                                                    K.11   i-Autonomous – protection and automation in medium and low voltage                                     28

                                                                    K.12   Injection points on odorization plants – the odorant requirements are reduced                          28

                                                                    K.13   InnoSys 2030 develops innovative system management solutions                                           28

                                                                    K.14   Interactive Dashboard 2.0 – regional innovation screens                                                28

                                                                    K.15   IoT@Mettmann – test environment for IoT sensors at the Mettmann training campus                        28

                                                                    K.16   Insulated low-voltage, high-performance bladepickups for power unit supply – small series production   29

                                                                    K.17   Load profile generation of secondary substations with billing data of all meters                       29
                                                                    K.18   Multi Device Gateway Light – making the local grid transparent at an affordable price                  29

                                                                    K.19   Grid values for efficient smart meter rollout                                                          29

                                                                    K.20   NetzVER – grid operation using virtual and augmented reality                                           29

                                                                    K.21   Low-voltage DC connection point up to 200kW                                                            30

                                                                    K.22   Optimised intelligent substation – new technology and operational concept                              30

                                                                    K.23   Optimised load profiles dependent on daily parameters reduce cost risk                                 30

                                                                    K.24   Recloser – remote-controlled switchgears for shorter supply interruptions                              30

                                                                    K.25   Smart Navigator 2.0 enables faster fault localisation                                                  30

                                                                    K.26   Mettmann training campus enables research into new technologies                                        31

                                                                    K.27   TRoLL 2.0 – determination of the usage durations of standard load profiles commercial customers        31

                                                                    K.28   Supply scenarios in urban areas – assessment of transformation paths                                   31

                                                                    K.29   Patent coordination webinar – successes.invent@westnetz                                                31
26           CREATIVE. Project overview _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020                                                                                                          CREATIVE. Project overview _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020    27

Automated overhead line inspection (AOI)                                                                            K.1   Digital timesheet – more efficient fulfilment of documentation requirements                                              K.6
frederik.puhe@westnetz.de and m.schmidgen@westnetz.de                                                                     rebecca.langenhof@westnetz.de

· Research & development           This project identifies, tests and evaluates available technologies to prepare         · Innovation project              Replacement of the many-staged, highly manual process for recording hours
· 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2020         and conduct fully automated drone flights over defined overhead lines. At              · 01/09/2018 to 30/06/2020        in funding projects with a fully digitalised, more efficient and convenient
·	Cooperation partners:           the same time, automatic error detection is to be evaluated using intelligent          ·	Cooperation partners:          process based on an app and Blockchain.
   Sharper Shape, WingCopter,      image processing software, which, among other things, integrates the drone                d.lab, Innovation Hub,
   Volocopter, innogy SE G&I       as a tool in the manual inspection process.                                               innogy SE G&I

BliTras – reactive power concepts in light of expansion measures                                                    K.2   Digital station book – an overview of everything, from anywhere, in the future                                           K.7
theresa.noll@westnetz.de                                                                                                  daniel.hoelker@westnetz.de

· Innovation project               In some construction phases, inadmissible voltage range deviations are                 · Innovation project              The station book, which is currently physically located within a substation,
· 07/01/2019 to 30/06/2019         possible. The evaluations indicate the need to plan for additional reactive            · 01/02/2019 to 31/06/2021        for documenting the transfer of disposals of individual parts of the substation,
·	Cooperation partner:            powerprovision. Optimal reactive power supply concepts were evaluated                                                    will be brought into the digital age. In the future, technicians will be able to
   ef.Ruhr                         and recommended in the variant comparison. This ensures supply reliability                                               view and make entries on the move using tablets and smartphones. The
                                   in all construction phases and leads to findings for future construction                                                 rollout is planned for 2020.
                                   measures.

Corona-copter – test use for the evaluation of new damage detection methods                                         K.3   Dynamic simulation of medium and high-voltage grids and generation plants                                                K.8
rolf.zander@westnetz.de                                                                                                   thomas.notarantonio@westnetz.de

· Innovation project                As part of the project, an innovative camera is being developed to make               · Research & development          Development of dynamic simulations of switch-on, switching, switch-off
· 01/05/2017 to 31/12/2019          radiant corona discharges measurable and visible in the UV range. This                · 01/01/2017 to 30/06/2019        processes, of error scenarios and the stability behaviour in electrical grids
·	Cooperation partner:             ­allows information and conclusions about faults in high-voltage systems              ·	Cooperation partners:          with a high proportion of local generation plants. Detailed knowledge of
   University of Kassel, PCO AG      to be recorded more quickly. Integration of the camera system in the                    RWE Generation SE,             the dynamic processes in the distribution grid was gained and new and
                                     ­“automated overhead line control” concept is being prepared. Lessons                   innogy SE G&I                  ­improved models were developed to calculate them and implemented in
                                      learned from the corona copter pre-study will be adopted and further                                                   the standard operation at Westnetz.
                                   ­developed.

CoSMiC-Eye@Westnetz – vegetation management of line routes                                                          K.4   Electronic locking system – electronic safeguarding of substations                                                       K.9
jens.viefhues@westnetz.de and gabriela.sattur@westnetz.de                                                                 hanna.kammering@westnetz.de and frederik.puhe@westnetz.de

· Research & development           CoSMiC-Eye is the first satellite-based early warning system to prevent                · Innovation project              In order to close possible security gaps when mechanical keys for accessing
· 15/09/2019 to 31/03/2020         external influences on gas lines by third parties. Such external influences            · 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019        substations are lost, an electronic, online access control system is being
·	Cooperation partners:           may occur, for example, as a result of civil engineering works and other                                                 piloted in the Bedburg substation. Various access systems are being con-
   Orbital Eye BV, innogy SE G&I   construction measures in the immediate vicinity of the line. Through the                                                 sidered and the process of activating the employee ID card will be tested
                                   operational use in the Westnetz high-pressure gas grid, the performance                                                  for feasibility in a possible rollout.
                                   of the system was trained and further improved.

Plastic roof stands (GRP) – development and trial operation                                                         K.5   Gridcast – grid status forecasts with weather and consumption data                                                      K.10
dirk.herweg@westnetz.de                                                                                                   philipp.saeuberlich@westnetz.de

· Innovation project               Development of innovative plastic roof stands (GRP) – including new cable              · Research & development          The Gridcast project aims to map the future expected changes in the supply
· 01/06/2019 to 30/09/2020         and roof fixing systems with integration of the fibre optic cable house con-           · 01/05/2017 to 30/04/2021        of wind and solar systems and to provide tools that enable safe grid inte-
·	Cooperation partners:           nection. Cost reductions are expected when a fast Internet is set up by                ·	Cooperation partners:          gration. As part of this process, an innovative system and innovative tools
   Syna, Pfalzwerke,               avoiding civil engineering and reducing roof stand corrosion damage. An                   Fraunhofer IEE,                for the application-specific forecasting of renewable generation is being
   innogy SE G&I                   insulating design increases operational safety.                                           innogy SE G&I                  developed.
28           CREATIVE. Project overview _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020                                                                                                            CREATIVE. Project overview _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020    29

i-Autonomous – protection and automation in medium and low voltage                                                    K.11   Insulated low-voltage, high-performance bladepickups for power unit supply –                                           K.16
frederik.puhe@westnetz.de                                                                                                    small series production frank.debus@westnetz.de
· Research & development          As part of the project, a modular-autonomous protection and automation                     · Innovation project              Production of the insulated low-voltage, high-performance blade pickups
· 01/10/2019 to 30/09/2022        system will be piloted and evaluated in a selected Westnetz grid area. The                 · 11/05/2018 to 30/06/2019        (machining and/or 3D print) in small series (240 units). Packing with cable
·	Cooperation partners:          focus here is on the separation of hardware and software. The results will                                                   and multi-contact plug. The insulated low-voltage, high-performance blade
   TU Dortmund, KoCos, EWF,       serve as the basis for creating an industry standard for cost-effective in-                                                  pickup is patent pending. Experience is gained through use in operation
   OFFIS, H+S, innogy SE G&I      tegration of protection and automation systems into the distribution grid                                                    and, where applicable, the product is marketed in cooperation with manu-
                                  with minimal work involved.                                                                                                  facturers and suppliers.

Injection points on odorization plants – the odorant requirements are reduced                                         K.12   Load profile generation of secondary substations with billing data of all meters                                       K.17
sascha.niebialek@westnetz.de                                                                                                 janina.preuss@westnetz.de

· Research & development          Due to the sometimes unexpectedly high odorant consumption, this project                   · Innovation project              The aim is to generate new load profiles for each secondary substation for
· 01/01/2016 to 30/06/2019        was launched to test the effectiveness of different injection nozzles under                · 01/06/2019 to 31/08/2020        improved grid calculation of medium-voltage grids. This is done with billing
·	Cooperation partners:          realistic conditions. The results of this project led to five patent applications                                            data for all meters behind the secondary substation, the assigned load
   DBI-GUT, innogy SE G&I         and new collaborations for the manufacture and market launch of a com-                                                       profiles and the measured load curves (RLM).
                                  pletely redesigned odorization nozzle technology.

InnoSys 2030 develops innovative system management solutions                                                          K.13   Multi Device Gateway Light – making the local grid transparent at an affordable price K.18
philipp.saeuberlich@westnetz.de                                                                                              daniel.hoelker@westnetz.de

· Research & development          The BMWi-funded InnoSys2030 project develops innovative system man-                        · Innovation project              The Multi-Device Gateway Light from Lemonbeat enables data, such as
· 01/10/2018 to 30/09/2021        agement solutions for the higher burden on existing grids with a prospective               · 01/04/2019 to 31/08/2020        the electricity and voltage of a secondary substation, to be read out via
·	Cooperation partners:          implementation date of 2030. The challenges and higher load potential of                                                     Modbus and sent to ESP.IoT (E.ON Service Platform for Internet of Things)
   BMWi, 18 associated partners   the transmission and distribution grids in Germany are taken into account                                                    via a built-in mobile communications modem. There, the data can be pre-
                                  here and tested in practice in corresponding field tests and demonstrators.                                                  pared, analysed in detail and used by all interested specialist departments.

Interactive Dashboard 2.0 – regional innovation screens                                                               K.14   Grid values for efficient smart meter rollout                                                                          K.19
oliver.niehof@westnetz.de                                                                                                    martin.smietana@westnetz.de

· Innovation project              Living a culture of innovation and increasing innovation performance – every               · Innovation project              In this project, we will work with innogy Metering GmbH to identify synergies
· 15/11/2019 to 30/12/2020        employee must play their part. For the transparent presentation of innov­                  · 01/10/2018 to 31/03/2020        with the legally required smart meter rollout, stipulating the replacement
·	Cooperation partner:           ation initiatives, centrally managed content is shown on regional touch-                   ·	Cooperation partners:          of the conventional measuring equipment on the grid connection points.
   Immersion7                     screens, which every employee can experience digitally and interactively.                     innogy Metering, PPC (iMsys)
                                  This encourages active participation in the initiatives: Anyone can become
                                  a submitter of ideas in idea management, an inventor in the patent system
                                  or a project manager of innovation projects.

IoT@Mettmann – test environment for IoT sensors at the Mettmann training                                              K.15   NetzVER – grid operation using virtual and augmented reality                                                           K.20
campus marc.schumacher@westnetz.de                                                                                           deliah.hecker@westnetz.de

· Innovation project              At the Mettmann training campus, the training rooms and the active part                    · Research & development          Virtual reality training courses are intended to teach how to handle hazardous
· 15/07/2020 to 31/12/2020        of the substation are used to develop technologies for implementing the                    · 01/04/2019 to 31/12/2020        situations and the work on new equipment. The aim of the project is to
                                  Internet of Things. Hardware, such as temperature sensors, as well as the                  ·	Cooperation partners:          ­implement innovative VR training courses for the correct procedure in the
                                  transmission, saving and evaluation of the recorded data, are tested and                      innogy SE G&I                   event of a fire in the substation and for the commissioning of a digital sec-
                                  application cases are identified and analysed.                                                                                ondary substation (digiONS). A mobile app will also support the operational
                                                                                                                                                                work on digiONS in the future.
30           CREATIVE. Project overview _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020                                                                                               CREATIVE. Project overview _ Westnetz Innovation Report 2020    31

Low-voltage DC connection point up to 200kW                                                                    K.21   Mettmann training campus enables research into new technologies                                                  K.26
joachim.pestka@westnetz.de                                                                                            hanna.kammering@westnetz.de and s.kreutz@westnetz.de

· Research & development        In the Bedburg climate protection estate, a 150kW supercharger was supplied           · Innovation project         Grid operation and research are being brought closer together in the new
· 01/03/2019 to 31/03/2020      directly from 800V DC for the first time. For this purpose, the rectifier             · 01/07/2018 to 31/12/2019   premises alongside the Mettmann substation in order to optimally prepare
·	Cooperation partners:        was moved from the charger to the intelligent secondary substation,                                                employees for work in practice and the new technologies of the future.
   innogy SE G&I                which now generates reactive power in a phase-selective manner as an                                               The training campus enables effective learning and gives colleagues the
                                “active secondary substation” and balances the active power. It was possible                                       skills to apply and develop new technologies and ways of working.
                                to reduce the charger to the DC chopper controller because, unlike wall
                                boxes, superchargers supply the vehicle with direct current.

Optimised intelligent substation – new technology and operational concept                                      K.22   TRoLL 2.0 – determination of the usage durations of standard load profiles                                       K.27
christoph.walgenbach@westnetz.de                                                                                      commercial customers stephan.heckmann@westnetz.de
· Innovation project            As part of the “AutoONS” project, a standard for a remotely controlled                · Innovation project         As part of the TRoLL project, a concept for redefining the usage durations
· 01/11/2017 to 31/01/2020      secondary substation including measurement transmission was developed.                · 01/02/2018 to 31/12/2022   of SLP commercial customers was developed. During this project (TRoLL
                                The technology concept will be developed further during this project. The                                          2.0), the concept will be updated and implemented with regard to techno-
                                aim is to significantly simplify the commissioning and maintenance process                                         logical developments. A representative customer sample will be equipped
                                of the station (Plug & Play), thus reducing costs. The expanded objectives                                         with suitable meter technology to determine their load profile and thus
                                can be divided into three themes: Processes, technologies, opportunities.                                          the annual usage duration.

Optimised load profiles dependent on daily parameters reduce cost risk                                         K.23   Supply scenarios in urban areas – assessment of transformation paths                                             K.28
alina.bleier@westnetz.de                                                                                              klaus.peters@westnetz.de

· Innovation project            The load profiles used as standard in the market until now are outdated.              · Innovation project         The aim of this work is to develop transformation paths in order to achieve
· 12/01/2018 to 31/08/2019      This means that they have structural faults. In the project, the wealth of            · 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2019   the climate protection goals using the example of a district in a German
                                profiles is being optimized with data analysis methods. The new wealth of                                          metropolis. The study will be assessed based on different technology
                                profiles models the consumption behaviour of customers more accurately                                             paths with regard to cost, emissions and operational behaviour, taking into
                                and the quantity fluctuations in the difference balance time seriesare sig-                                        account different building renovation concepts and a high proportion of
                                nificantly reduced. This reduces the cost risk due to thevolatile balancing                                        battery-powered electric vehicles.
                                energy prices.

Recloser – remote-controlled switchgears for shorter supply interruptions                                      K.24   Patent coordination webinar – successes.invent@westnetz                                                          K.29
helmut.maassen@westnetz.de                                                                                            klaus.peters@westnetz.de

· Innovation project            Reclosers are remote-controlled switchgears used in MV overhead line                  · Innovation project         Creation of webinar videos to develop inventor awareness and increase
· 01/02/2018 to 31/12/2019      grids to reduce prolonged supply interruptions in the event of atmospheric            · 01/11/2019 to 29/02/2020   the number of patent applications
·	Cooperation partners:        influences. In the Rauschermühle regional centre, devices were tested in
   Siemens, innogy SE G&I       normal operation and assessed for suitability. In rural areas in particular,
                                they can help reduce fault resolution times and thus improve the reliability
                                of supply.

Smart Navigator 2.0 enables faster fault localisation                                                          K.25
wesam.moshi@westnetz.de

· Innovation project            The remotely reporting Smart Navigator 2.0 short circuit indicator increases
· 01/03/2019 to 31/12/2019      observability in the MV overhead power grid. The sensor information speeds
                                up the troubleshooting process for grid management and operation, helping
                                to reduce downtime. In addition, voltage and current values are measured
                                and transmitted.
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