Virtual plant powers real research

Siemens extends its universities alliance

The German industrial giant will install a virtual power system at RMIT so the,future energy workforce can test and model real-world scenarios and optimise energy systems for smart cities.”

The Siemens Digital Energy Test Lab can model the impact of outages on power-grids and how they handle supply from wind and solar power and demand from infrastructure and new requirements, say electric vehicle charging.

The RMIT kit adds to virtual resources Siemens has installed at universities across the country, including a “virtual twin” LNG plant at UWA, digital manufacturing software at Uni Queensland and a product management system (handy for big naval builds) at Uni SA.

Siemens Australia MD Jeff Connolly is chair of the feds’ taskforce on university-industry research translation.