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DistribuTECH held its 28th annual exhibition last month from Jan 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas, attracting approximately 13,500 participants from 77 countries. A number of startup joined the over 500 companies exhibiting, including major companies. The Global Center for Social Innovation – North America (CSI-NA) joined Hitachi Group companies, Hitachi Vantara, Hitachi Power Solutions and Hitachi Chemical to exhibit, demonstrate solutions and introduce new innovations for Utility 3.0.


Utility 3.0 is a concept where "utilities" are responsible for public business such as providing electricity, have evolved to comprehensively take responsibility for societal infrastructure through reform drivers, such as decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization. Hitachi’s exhibition presented 3 themes: Grid Edge Network Utility, DER Centric Power Flow and Digital Utility.


The 2 demos presented by CSI-NA, Hitachi Energy Resource Optimization (HERO) and Wind Forecasting, received many visitors who were interested in learning more about power distribution through Hitachi’s IoT platform.


1. Hitachi Energy Resource Optimization (HERO) research program


    • Optimal energy dispatch for energy storage to provide grid services and maximize revenue
    • Accurate energy and price forecasting
    • Integrated battery performance optimization considering multiple constraints, i.e. asset life cycle, ROI and operational efficiency


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2. Wind Forecasting


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    • Independent Power Producers (IPP) need to be able to reliably predict power from renewable sources
    • Presented machine learning based solutions to predict power in 15-minute intervals up to 24 hours in advance for the next 24 hours




                                                        POWER TEAM (From left): Yanzhu Ye (Sr. Researcher), Shota Shimazaki (Sr. Director, Energy BU, Hitachi, Ltd.), 

                                                         Bo Yang(Sr. Manager);  Chandra Venkatraman (Principal Research Scientist) of CSI-NA


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