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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Wide Area Monitoring Solutions out of 242
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The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 242 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 energy startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 237 wide area monitoring solutions, get in touch.
Energiot creates Self-Powered Power Grid Monitoring Sensors
Modern power grids extend over vast areas with a considerable network of power distribution and transmission infrastructure. Power grid operators constantly monitor the operational status of their power grids to ensure high levels of service. However, current methods of monitoring rely on manual inspection or the use of devices that need maintenance regularly thus increasing operation and maintenance costs. This is why startups are creating wireless monitoring sensors that are able to power themselves thereby removing many of the challenges associated with power grid monitoring.
Spanish startup Energiot develops microgenerators that harvest ambient energy for smart wireless sensors. Its smart grid monitoring solution uses piezoelectric energy harvesting sensors that feature ultra low power microcontrollers and low-power and high-range radio frequency communication technology. The applications of the sensors include predicting grid issues, accidents, power cuts, frauds, energy losses, as well as power distribution prediction and optimization.
Safegrid creates a Platform to Predict Faults in Power Grids
Modern power grids span extensive networks covering hundreds of kilometers both above ground and below. Faults in above-ground lines are significantly easier to fix than below-ground ones which not only take longer to repair but also require extensive digging and civil work while increasing the time to repair faults. To avoid these problems, startups are developing sensors to monitor power lines, predict faults before they occur, and avoid them through predictive maintenance.
Finnish startup Safegrid provides wireless sensors and cloud-based monitoring and analytics systems for power grids. Its wireless grid monitoring solution called Intelligent Grid System consists of wireless fault passage indicators for both underground cable and overhead line monitoring as well as an analytics tool. The sensors can be deployed in a short timeframe with cloud-based monitoring and analytics operable as a standalone system thus removing the need for integration with SCADA systems. This solution helps grid operators and maintenance teams reduce downtime due to unexpected faults and also saves time and money on guessing the exact location of underground faults.
ResilientGrid provides Monitoring Software for Electric Grid Control Rooms
Today, power grids use a central control room to monitor their operations in a wide area to ensure their smooth functioning. These control rooms generally rely on human operators to monitor and manage the data in regards to the power grid. The problem in most modern control rooms is the lack of depth and clarity in the data and the disconnection between control room operators and maintenance crews. This is where startups are creating solutions that bridge the gaps by improving the data shown to operators and providing enhanced communication with required teams.
US-based startup ResilientGrid develops a Resiliency Management System for control room operators to monitor and manage power grids. The solution integrates real-time geospatial and schematic one-line views of networks, displays data on weather, wildfires, lightning strikes, and electric vehicles, and provides operators with a cyber-secure communication tool to reach required personnel. The solution is designed to integrate with key personnel and safety systems, such as device/substation tagging, work orders, equipment tracking, to ensure the smooth and efficient wide area monitoring of power grids.
Neuville manufactures Instrumentation to Monitor Energy Grids
Most wide area energy grid monitoring solutions rely on data at endpoints to determine the condition of the network. This is not a fully accurate method as estimating or predicting faults in between the endpoints within the energy transmission infrastructure stays inefficient. This is why startups are creating condition monitoring devices to provide a greater level of detail into the status of power grids.
UK-based startup Neuville creates dedicated grid instruments, made especially to measure the condition of power network infrastructure. Its Grid Data Units (GDU) include frequency-domain micro-synchrophasors (µPMU), time-domain power quality monitors (PQM), environmental sensors, and sub-100 nanosecond synchronized timing. The data collected from these devices is processed at the network’s edge and transmitted securely to obtain a clear view of facilities and support decision-making.
KVS Technologies develops Autonomous Drones to Monitor Power Grids
Large-scale power generation and transmission facilities are often constructed in remote regions outside of large cities. This increases the difficulty and danger of physical power line inspection and monitoring which is most often carried out using helicopters. This method of physically monitoring the condition of power grid infrastructure also significantly increases operational expenditures which is why startups are using autonomous drones to solve these challenges.
Norweigan startup KVS Technologies develops AI-driven software that enables smart drones to inspect and monitor power grids. The autonomous drones carry out routine inspections and surveys of power grid infrastructure replacing the need for humans, thereby reducing operational risk and increasing efficiency. The collaboration of humans and drones to perform demanding grid monitoring tasks provides electric utility companies with a safer and more efficient way to monitor the conditions of their power grids.
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Energy startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on Demand Side Management, Distributed Energy Resources, Quantum Computing as well as Energy Storage. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the energy industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more energy technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Energy Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.