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Energetic Digitalization: Russian Companies Implement Digital Projects in the Energy Sector

11 May 2018
Energetic Digitalization: Russian Companies Implement Digital Projects in the Energy Sector

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The Russian energy sector will undergo a major transformation by 2030, for the federal authorities have opened a tender on the digitalization of the entire industry. The digitalization strategy pursues several objectives.

By 2022, the Government intends to create and implement a unified digital network to be used by 83 power facilities. 100 power generation units and 1000 grid facilities will transmit technological data in real time.

In three years, by 2025, the reliability of the power supply should increase by 5% compared with 2017 figures due to the implementation of the federal monitoring system. Digitalization should also promote import substitution in the energy segment.


"Through this transformation, we seek to create a network and place sectoral orders by 2025 in order to incentivize Russian mechanical engineering and microelectronics segments and cut transportation costs,"

Evgeniy Grabchak, Head of the Department of Operational Control and Management in Electric Power Industry of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, stated.


State-owned Rosseti spearheads the program with its global strategy targeting the digitalization of its subdivisions. The project is expected to cost RUB1.3 trillion, with the payback period of 14 years.




"The transition to the digital format will allow for a manifold increase in Rosseti shareholder value, shorter utility connection times, automation of consumer relations, introduction of new Internet of Energy services, and a 30% reduction in energy dissipation,"

Pavel Livinsky, Director General of Rosseti, shared.


Modernization and transformation of the energy complex stipulate the implementation of import substitution projects and attraction of promising manufacturing partners.

INNOPROM-2018 will feature a Power Engineering Technologies exhibition, which will showcase equipment for power generation, transmission, and distribution.

Exhibition visitors will have an opportunity to learn about options offered by Russian and foreign electrical goods, electronics, and electrical engineering.


Substation Hardware

The Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation urged companies to participate in digital projects in the power industry.



"Companies and professionals working in the power industry need to assume the leadership role in sectoral digitalization and start placing orders for technological solutions instead of just consuming them,"

Andrey Cherezov, Deputy Minister of Energy, emphasized.


Director General of Rosseti Pavel Livinsky adds that Russia needs to ensure the production of its own modern equipment and software for smart network needs.

A number of national developers are already spearheading the movement in this direction. For example, the first digital 110 kVA substation named after Mikhail Smorgunov, a prominent Siberian heat power engineer and manager of Krasnoyarskenergo Regional Division, was launched in the end of 2017 in Krasnoyarsk Territory.


"Its construction costs were reduced compared with conventional substations. We expect that further technological development will allow for even lower costs, which should ultimately have a positive effect on tariffs,"

Pavel Akilin, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at IDGC of Siberia, claimed.


ЦDigital control and systems monitoring relied on iSAS software and technical complex developed by Mikronika-LISIS Group.

The product functions as the main suite of IT systems which incorporates relay protection, automatic emergency response and distribution automation systems, etc.


"The hardware of a conventional substation constitute a large number of various technical devices which perform their separate monitoring and control functions. A digital substation is quite different: the new technology allows for the incorporation of all functions within a single software complex, figuratively speaking, it places all wired boxes into a computer,"

Dmitry Ivanov, President of Mikronika-LISIS Group, explained.



The Smorgunov substation is fully controllable and exhibits higher reliability compared with its conventional counterpart. Over 30 years of its operations, the IDGC of Siberia will enjoy the economic effect worth RUB 75mln. This experience will be replicated in other Russian regions.

Telescope for Monitoring

JSC "Yantarenergo," Kaliningrad division of Rosseti, is implementing another high-profile digital project. In one of its earlier issues, INNOPROM VIEW already covered grid modernization based on Tavrida Electric technologies, but the power industry is working on incorporating other innovations.

CJSC Research and Production Company "NPF Proryv" from the Moscow Region supplied "Yantarenergo" with its Telescope+ software complex. First, the complex was used to ensure remote data transmission from smart sensors, and then its application was expanded dramatically.

Yantarenergo specialists used Telescope software to create a unified automated technological process control system.

It remotely controls, monitors, and automatically analyzes the current condition of the power supply network ranging from high-voltage substations to individual consumers, and that is the purpose behind the creation of the control center for grids and small generation.

Cyberattacks in the Power Industry

Digitalization goes hand in hand with cybersecurity. Kaspersky Lab, RTSoft, and Kraftway joined forces on a pilot cybersecurity project. The companies implemented a special Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy system at Vologdaenergo substation operated by PJSC "IDGC of North-West."

The product incorporates several defense functions which secure the network and maintain the integrity of technological processes. The solution also involves a number of services ranging from industrial security training to supporting cyberincident investigation. While working on the project, cybersecurity experts tested key units of the substation's IT infrastructure and explored the technological network for potential vulnerabilities.

RTSoft designed and installed the Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurtiy system, while Kraftway provided server and network equipment which met Russian regulators' requirements on the security of information. The product is integrated into the information security control system of Vologdaenergo.


"We are seeing more and more cyberattacks on industrial and critical infrastructure objects, and often intruders strive to inflict physical damage on an enterprise by hampering its primary activity. We have repeatedly recorded such incidents. Unfortunately, the power industry is particularly vulnerable before such attacks. That is why we decided to develop Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy, which accounts for industry specifics,"

Andrey Dukhvalov, Head of Future Technologies at Kaspersky Lab, commented.


Window of Opportunity

The Center for Strategic Research (CSR) points out that the transformation of the energy sector will empower entrepreneurial initiatives and attract private investment. Moreover, Russian digital projects hold export potential because they can assist in shaping the scientific, technological and industrial foundation for further expansion into foreign markets of equipment, systems, and services.

Experts estimate that the income of Russian companies may reach $40bn in 2035. Russia's current share in the global power engineering and systems equipment market is less than 1%, but the transformation of the global market is creating a window of opportunity for Russian innovators. "Russia has several companies ( Tavrida Electric, IED-Holding, RTSOft, Qiwi, TibboSystems, Kaspersky Lab, Yandex, etc.) which possess competitive competences and experience in the global markets. They have the necessary potential for leading the implementation of the proposed strategic maneuver," CSR emphasizes.

Digitalization of the power industry requires the development and wide application of cross-industry technologies, including industrial internet, robotics components, wireless connectivity, etc. INNOPROM-2018 visitors can explore cutting edge technologies at the specialized exhibition on Industrial Automation and IoT. We invite innovative companies to participate in the exhibition.

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