DIgSILENT has set standards and trends in power system modelling, analysis and simulation for more than 25 years. The proven advantages of the PowerFactory software are its overall functional integration, its applicability to the modelling of generation-, transmission-, distribution- and industrial grids, and the analysis of these grids’ interactions. With the version PowerFactory 2017, DIgSILENT presents a further step towards seamless integration of functionality and data management within a multi-user environment. 

DIgSILENT PowerFactory is the most economical solution, as data handling, modelling capabilities and overall functionality replace a set of other software systems, thereby minimising project execution costs and training requirements. The all-in-one PowerFactory solution promotes highly-optimised workflow. DIgSILENT PowerFactory is easy to use and caters for all standard power system analysis needs, including high-end applications in new technologies such as wind power and distributed generation and the handling of very large power systems. In addition to the stand-alone solution, the PowerFactory engine can be smoothly integrated into GIS, DMS and EMS supporting open system standards.


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Power Factory Highlights:

  • Economical all-in-one solution with broad coverage of state-of-the-art power system applications
  • Extensive and flexible modelling capabilities with rich suite of power equipment models and libraries
  • Supports all network representations and phase technologies, i.e. any kind of radial or meshed
    1-, 2-, 3- and 4-wire (combined) AC and DC networks
  • Powerful network diagrams and graphic/visualisation features
  • Single- and multi-user environment with full support of teamworking, user accounting, profiles and flexible customisation
  • Unique data management concept including project versioning and archiving mechanisms, master/derived concepts with compare and merge tools
  • Unlimited opportunitites in process optimisation based on integrated scripting functionality
  • Rich interfacing and system integration options (e.g. GIS, SCADA, EMS)
  • Professional support via customer portal or hotline, as well as continuous product maintenance and development

System Integration

  • GIS Integration

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) together with Asset Management Systems are the main sources of network topology and equipment data. Many utilities use GIS exports as a basis for the PowerFactory network model. These exports may comprise detailed substation data including topology, line/cable data, load/generation data and GPS coordinates/schematic diagram information, etc.

    The built-in Compare & Merge Tool and the versioning mechanism perfectly support the frequent data exchange with GIS.

    PowerFactory Engines are directly integrated into GIS systems providing calculation functionality such as evaluation of renewable generation connected to the low voltage grid.

  • SCADA Integration

    The PowerFactory OPC interface is utilised worldwide for real-time integration of PowerFactory with SCADA systems. The applications range from Online State Estimation, simulation mode functions (Dispatcher Load Flow, Contingency Analysis, Switching Validation) to Dispatcher Training Simulator with real-time transient grid simulation.

    Controller manufacturers use the PowerFactory OPC interface for controller development, e.g. smart grid controllers, PV or wind farm control schemes.

  • Business Process Automation

    PowerFactory supports standard ENTSO-E operation planning processes such as D2CF, DACF and IDCF (Intraday). The Intraday process runs as a fully-automated, parallelised process.

    The ESB interface adapter features message-based data exchange such as load forecast, planned generator dispatch, day-ahead cross-border exchange programs, UCTE-DEF files, EMS snapshots, dynamic line rating and market coupling data.

    The combined MV/LV calculation for the distribution grid of a whole country (>2000 MV substations) has been automated using PowerFactory and bulk data GIS exports.

  • Integration Components

    The PowerFactory Engine Mode provides complete PowerFactory functionality for external systems. The Engines can be controlled via the PowerFactory API and DPL or Python scripts. Various interfaces such as CIM, UCTE-DEF, OPC and DGS
    support bi-directional data exchange with different systems.

    The ESB interface adapter connects to an Enterprise Service Bus enabling modern message-based data exchange.

    The Engine Manager component provides access to multiple PowerFactory Engines via web services. The built-in queuing and scheduling simplifies the Engine integration into other applications.