GE Vernova’s Digital business has acquired Greenbird Integration Technology AS, a data integration platform company focused on utilities.
The platform will accelerate GE’s GridOS software portfolio designed for grid orchestration, adding new capabilities for connecting systems and integrating data across the grid more easily and at scale.
The Greenbird integration platform is delivered as a service (iPaaS) and is built with containerization and a suite of cloud services, which will accelerate the availability of key GridOS components.
Thorsten Heller, CEO of Greenbird Integration Technology, commented: “Our technology platform is purpose-built to support a distributed data and IT architecture and aligns perfectly with GE Vernova’s vision for the GridOS federated grid data fabric and one network model, providing the data foundation utilities need to transform their operations.”
The acquisition will advance the AI- and data-driven vision for GridOS that GE Vernova’s Digital business believes will help solve grid orchestration challenges while cultivating an energy data ecosystem that advances decarbonization and electrification.
“Utilities have an urgent need to connect data from multiple sources to gain visibility and effectively automate their grid operations. Fragmented data is a major obstacle to modernizing the grid and is holding the energy transition back,” said Scott Reese, CEO of GE Vernova’s Digital business.
“The Greenbird acquisition brings the proven ability to connect multiple data sources and accelerates our vision for GridOS that is making energy security a reality for many of the world’s leading utilities. Data and AI are key to helping utilities run a reliable and resilient grid and this acquisition is a massive accelerant to making that vision a reality for utilities of all sizes.”
An example of the need for more connected and integrated data is evident in the exponential growth predicted for electric vehicles (EVs).
Data integration is also key to solving renewables connection challenges and driving deeper visibility into the impact of renewable assets on the grid.
Such use cases require the integration of forecasting, simulation, historical grid OT, sensor, line, and inertia data.
“Having access to utility data in context gives grid operators an opportunity to better leverage AI for automation and potentially enables the grid to be self-describing and self-healing in the future,” said Mahesh Sudhakaran, general manager, Grid Software at GE Vernova’s Digital business.
The financial terms of the Greenbird acquisition are not being disclosed.
Originally published by Power Engineering International.
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