Power Distribution

New challenges such as reverse power flow and voltage rise due to distributed generation, as well as the integration of E-mobility, have led to an increased complexity in the planning and operation of distribution networks. Handling the associated analysis calls for sophisticated and comprehensive network optimisation tools.

To handle these challenges, PowerFactory offers a wide range of powerful tools and functions. Using built-in interfaces, the creation of the network and the input of measurement values can be achieved using GIS and SCADA data. Based on this data, the current state of the network can be analysed, for example to evaluate the hosting capacity for load and generation. For ­further optimisation of the network, there are numerous functions available, such as tie open point optimisation, voltage profile optimisation and phase balance optimisation.
A user-friendly time sweep simulation function facilitates analysis of the impact on the network infrastructure of both conventional equipment and renewables, taking into account volatile distributed generation and storage systems with user-defined controls.

Related features


  • Load models using standard load profiles or available smart meter data
  • Models for PV systems based on solar radiation, electric vehicles, battery storage, etc.
  • Innovative equipment (distribution transformer with OLTC, voltage regulators, reactive power control schemes, etc.)

User Interface

  • Geographic diagrams with publicly available and custom map services as background

Analysis and Optimisation

  • Probabilistic Analysis with stochastic modelling of ­distributed generation and load consumption
  • Optimal remote switch placement and capacitor ­placement
  • Voltage Profile Optimisation for bi-directional power flows
  • Reliability Analysis including optimal power restoration
  • Power Quality and Harmonic Analysis
  • Protection functions
  • Techno-Economical analysis
  • Connection Request Assessment
  • Quasi-Dynamic Simulation
  • Cable sizing and derating factor calculations