The transmission grid is currently undergoing a major change to reliably accommodate increasing amounts of nondispatchable resources while maintaining operational efficiency and system-wide cost. The displacement of less flexible base-load generation by asynchronous wind and solar power generators imposes new challenges on the ability of the grid to maintain system stability.
PowerFactory offers a complete suite of functions for studying large interconnected power systems and addressing these emerging needs. Its fast and robust simulation algorithms can be applied to any AC or DC network topology and support the simulation of new technologies such as converter-based power generation, FACTS, voltage-sourced converters (VSC), HVDC cables and overhead lines, DC breakers, filters, and various types of MW- and Mvar-controllers and virtual power plants.
PowerFactory is also perfectly suited to transmission system operation planning. It integrates a comprehensive set of tools to support automatic and parallel grid safety analysis such as ENTSO-E D2CF/DACF/IDCF, and outage planning. Multiple interfaces (API, DGS, CIM) and flexible scripting languages (DPL, Python) enable smooth integration with existing systems.