Powel has various solutions to help energy companies plan production and consumption in such a way that they can optimise and balance these demands as best as possible.
“Optimal utilisation of hydroelectric energy requires detailed knowledge on available water resources. Good inflow forecasts are important, and so is also information of historical inflow and available reservoir content,” says Product Manager, Beate Sæther.
Based on forecasts of precipitation and temperature, and knowledge of the water content in the catchment in form of snow and groundwater storage, the Powel Inflow tool is well suited to predict expected inflow.
Allow you to improve reservoir utilisation
Good inflow forecasts allow you to improve reservoir utilisation, and therefore to plan for a more effective and profitable running of your hydroelectric energy system.
Correct reservoir utilisation is particularly important for hydroelectric energy systems with low regulation capacities when the reservoir volume is near its highest or lowest regulated level. Powel Inflow is also well suited in systems where you want to maintain high pressure, whilst taking into account the risk of overflow.
Powel Naturalised Water Balance (NWB) is used to calculate natural, historical inflow to hydro plants and reservoirs. This is a solution for simulating physical processes in a hydroelectric energy system. The solution gives hydroelectric energy producers easy access to updated and quality-assured information about reservoir content, production discharge, overflow, bypassed water and historical inflow for different points in the watercourse.
Forecasting predicted consumption
The challenge in forecasting the market’s demand for energy is well-known amongst energy market players.
The Swiss utility Romande Energie optimises a complex watercourse thanks to the software company Powel. In order to extract the entire value from Powel’s solution, Romande Energie is now extending the optimisation model with additional power plants.