DAYTON– The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) and LineVision Inc., have announced the launch of a joint project to assess how Grid Enhancing Technologies (GETs) may increase transmission capacity on the existing power grid. Through this pilot, the companies will gather data using Dynamic Line Ratings (DLR) to evaluate how LineVision can optimally integrate power from renewable energy sources. The study is being launched this month and will conclude before the end of the year.
The project will leverage LineVision’s industry leading DLR for a proposed deployment at an AES utility based on a system study to determine locations best suited for the most beneficial impact to the system and customers.
“There are several exciting technologies that can be used to enhance the capacity of our grid,” said Kristina Lund, president, AES Utilities. “AES looks to lead the industry in deploying advanced technologies, like DLR, that allow us to deliver safe, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers as the demands for increasingly green energy and electrified communities grow.”
The advantage of deploying this technology is timely. According to a Princeton University study, the US will need to more than double the transmission buildout to meet 2050 net-zero emissions goals.
Utilities are uniquely positioned to accelerate the decarbonization of our electric grid by increasing transmission capacity on existing assets to unlock transmission constraints and relieve grid congestion. AES continues to be a proactive innovator pursuing new technologies and driving local adoption.
“As we urgently move toward a net-zero future, utilities can test and bring on new technology to avoid system reliability issues while integrating record levels of renewables,” said Hudson Gilmer, chief executive officer of LineVision. “GETs are the enabling tool needed to accelerate our path to a decarbonized grid. We are excited to work with AES on this important project.”
LineVision’s DLR technology has been shown to significantly increase transmission capacity on existing lines quickly and at a fraction of the cost of traditional transmission upgrades while doubling the integration of renewable energy capacity on the grid. This impactful technology will allow grid operators to gain real-time awareness of the health and performance of transmission lines, enhancing safety and longevity, while congestion costs to ratepayers and curtailment costs to developers are minimized.