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Battelle Unveils Improved Model for Grid Transmission Planning

Posted on Jul 1, 2014

Next Generation HELM Flow Tool Now Available for Transmission Modelers and Planners at Utilities, Regulatory Agencies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 1, 2014)—Battelle is now offering the latest version of HELM™ Flow grid transmission planning software, which provides even more insights to cases near/beyond voltage collapse. It takes the guesswork out of transmission planning and diagnostics and allows industry users to quickly analyze highly complex transmission networks and pinpoint the critical variables that have the greatest impact on performance.

Developed by Gridquant Inc. and distributed by Battelle, HELM Flow is an easy-to-use simulation and analysis tool for transmission planners. Problems that used to take several weeks now can be solved in a matter of hours. It allows users to assess grid conditions and compute the critical grid operational parameters (such as PV/QV curves) even up to the point of voltage collapse. The HELM Flow tool: 

  • Identifies and visualizes critical nodes
  • Evaluates distance to collapse
  • Eliminates the need for initial solution conditions
  • Enables analysis of complex (N-m) contingencies
  • Provides more accurate assessment of future grid configurations
  • Detects model errors
  • Performs contingency analysis

During the past decade, Battelle experts have worked on grid problems for a variety of government and commercial clients to ensure that grid solutions of the highest standards are developed. With HELM Flow, users can gain insights into grid planning problems that cannot be found in comparable tools at an affordable price point.

“When planning transmission on the grid, the small subset of about 5 percent of the problems cause the biggest headaches,” said Jason Black, research leader of Battelle’s grid team. “HELM Flow can really help in those instances and reduce the time and effort it takes to make the best decisions.”

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