Digital twin boost for Dutch power operator

Digital twin boost for Dutch power operator

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By Nick Flaherty

The Digital Twin team at Qirion, a division of Dutch power supplier Alliander, is creating a true-to-life image of every asset in the field available digitally and is due to report its activities in the next few weeks.

A Digital Twin is an interactive digital replica of every asset in the field. This makes it easy to find asset information, even if it is distributed across numerous systems. In addition, a Digital Twin is prepared for increasingly intelligent assets with sensors (IoT) that can have autonomous behaviour, operating without central controls. 

“We find it increasingly normal when our cars let them know that they need service. We also provide that for our assets, ” said Tjeerd Teerlink, product owner for Digital Twins at Qirion. “The Digital Twin is a core technology that can also achieve this for our assets. In the long run our technicians could be warned by the Digital Twin that maintenance of an asset is necessary.”

“This is one of the most important digitization trends at the moment. It is also immediately a great concept where everyone quickly has an idea. An extra reason to start building our Digital Twin as practical as possible,” he said.

“The technical demonstrator that we now have and with which the concept’s viability was demonstrated, is being rebuilt to unlock actual data. Fault data for technicians in the field and sensor data for smarter maintenance are central here. With that we take a good first step and we learn in practice how we can realize the Digital Twin as conveniently and quickly as possible. ”

The results will be shared with Qirion, Alliander and national network manager TenneT.

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