Scientists and engineers in utilities and energy organizations use MATLAB and Simulink for system analysis and design, performance monitoring, optimizing maintenance and business processes, and compliance.
With MATLAB and Simulink, you can:
- Perform system feasibility and grid integration studies using prebuilt functions and apps
- Acquire and analyze large data sets in real time
- Develop optimization algorithms using machine learning and deep learning techniques
- Develop energy trading and risk management (ETRM) solutions
- Deploy developed code directly to real-time and embedded systems
“My team’s expertise is in energy modeling or algorithm development, not in deploying software into production. MATLAB saved us months of development time on the models and algorithms, and then made it easy to deploy them as part of a stable, reliable web application without recoding.”Yunjiao Gu, Shanghai Electric
Watch Examples of Utilities and Energy Industry Applications
Predictive Analytics for Asset Management
MATLAB lets you develop predictive maintenance algorithms customized to the specific operational and architectural profile of your equipment. Use Predictive Maintenance Toolbox to identify faults, design condition indicators, and estimate the remaining useful life of your critical equipment like machines, electric, gas and water networks, transformers, circuit breakers, and switches.
- Read about how Baker Hughes implemented a predictive maintenance platform and saved $10 million
- Read about how Mondi deployed monitoring and predictive maintenance software to predict machine failures
- See how NLE predicted customer behavior using big data analytics with MATLAB in the cloud (25:28)
- See how IIT Bombay used deep learning-based modeling for gas turbines (27:53)
- See how OSIsoft used PI System and MATLAB to predict building power usage (44:44)
- Big Data and Predictive Analytics at Shell (3:35)
Image Processing and Deep Learning
Use MATLAB for geoscience applications like image processing in remote sensing, generation, and processing of digital elevation models. You can import a wide range of GIS and geospatial file formats, and use hundreds of inbuilt functions for signal processing, image analysis, and curve fitting. Applications include overhead/UG T&D network inspection, vegetation management, and fault identification.
Renewables and DER Integration Studies
Evaluate the performance of a system that has high penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) such as renewables, storage, and EVs with Simscape Electrical. Model and run multiple operational scenarios in parallel and assess simulated responses against grid code.
- Renewable Grid Integration Studies with Simscape Electrical (45:05)
- Large-Scale Wind Farm Modeling and Simulation in MATLAB and Simulink (31:50)
- Using Simulink to Develop Grid-Tied Solar Inverter Controls (26:46)
- Modeling, Simulating, and Generating Code for a Solar Inverter (31:35)
- What Is Complex Power? Active, Reactive, and Apparent Power Explained (8:50)
Energy Trading and Risk Management (ETRM)
With MATLAB, you can simplify and automate your energy trading and risk management (ETRM) tasks like importing and visualizing energy data from multiple sources; developing predictive demand, price, and revenue forecasting models using machine learning; and running Monte Carlo simulations for valuation and risk assessment. Deploy your forecast models to enterprise and cloud systems, and connect them to regional wholesale electricity markets, meteorological data, and other data streaming services. The MATLAB API allows you to pick the best language or platform for each part of your workflow. You can call MATLAB algorithms from other programs like Python® and Excel®, and deploy these models on enterprise systems like Power BI, Cloudera®, and Hadoop®.
Energy Management Systems (EMS)
Grid modernization has rapidly increased power system complexity with variable generation assets, such as wind and solar, and added new controllable systems, such as energy storage and grid-scale batteries. Use Model-Based Design to develop energy management systems (EMS) that combine prediction, forecasting, and optimization techniques. Use MATLAB and Simulink to build data-driven and physics-based models; model and simulate equipment performance; design algorithms to optimally control equipment; and deploy algorithms onto embedded and enterprise systems.
- Read about how BuildingiQ analyzed big data sets and runs optimization algorithms in the cloud
- Read about how Murata Manufacturing used Model-Based Design for controller and power electronics
- See how Flanders Make used Model-Based Design to increase the energy efficiency of mechatronic systems (23:09)
Digital Twins in Model-Based Systems
Use MATLAB and Simulink to create digital replicas or digital image (DI) of your physical assets and systems. Use it to perform predictive maintenance, optimize operations, perform electrical, hydraulic system simulation, and model cyber-physical systems.