ISQ has just signed a partnership with the French company DCBRAIN, and now offers the market a technological solution for managing complex gas networks based on artificial intelligence (AI). The goal is: to know the behavior of the gas mixture in the network, which will allow charging the consumer in a fair way. This service is prepared to support operators at the beginning of hydrogen injection in the grid.
“In the current context of energy transition, companies face challenges of great complexity, whose response requires innovative approaches such as those based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). With the partnership now established with DCBrain, it will be possible to provide the market with more complete and integrated solutions. This solution represents a qualitative leap of the highest relevance that may be a very valuable asset for gas transportation networks in Portugal,” stresses Pedro Matias, President of ISQ.
The goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 requires that existing systems and infrastructures are able to manage the influx of increasing amounts of biogas and hydrogen. Future challenges include the mixing of gases with varying calorific value, the traceability of their source origin, and the dynamic nature of the mixtures. “At the same time, the interconnectivity between gas and electricity networks and the trend towards market decentralization, significantly increase the scope and complexity of decision making for TSO (Transmission System Operator) and DSO (Distribution System Operator), all in a changing regulatory environment,” adds Pedro Matias.
The complexity of operation and management of these networks therefore requires new approaches, where digitalization combined with mechanisms based on Artificial Intelligence play a key role.
“ISQ already has, for several years, a set of solutions for improving the efficiency and safety of facilities, equipment and support for conversion to renewable energy. With the INeS platform (DCBrain), it becomes possible to transform gas networks into intelligent systems and support operational and strategic decision-making,” concludes the President of ISQ.
It should be noted that the main problems associated with the injection of Hydrogen (H2) in the network are related to the integrity of the network and fair billing (since the mixture of natural gas and hydrogen has a lower calorific value than pure natural gas).
With the INeS platform it is possible to perform a digital simulation of the different injection points of H2 or Biomethane as well as to identify the different consumption points. This solution allows you to model and know the concentration of H2 or Biomethane in the different regions of the gas network.