The hydro division of Voith and Siemens Energy Management division are to work together to drive forward hybrid power concepts including hydropower.

The firms announced their cooperation during the Hydro 2018 event in Poland, which this year had a theme of Progress through Partnerships. Under their new agreement they intend to broaden their relationship by defining potential forms of collaboration for appropriate hybrid power projects containing hydropower.

The starting point of the extended collaboration will be the integration of hydropower in one of Siemens’ power system simulation software tools. The Siemens software tool landscape provides power system planners and operators with solutions for simulating, analyzing, modeling, and creating digital twins of transmission, distribution and industrial power systems. In a first step, both companies will focus on an integrated approach to evaluate the technical feasibility of hybrid concepts containing hydropower, taking into account economic expectations. In this way they will support decision makers and ensure profitable business development based on technical as well as economical simulations and iterative optimizations using various power generation sources and energy storage options (such as hydropower, wind, solar, battery storage).

Markus Rieck, Chief Sales Officer of the Hydro Division of Voith, said: “Accurate and efficient power system analysis that considers technical, regulatory and economic industry requirements as well as security of supply is essential for the utilities of the future and all independent power producers. We are looking forward to contributing our hydropower expertise.”

complements: “Adding specific forms of hydropower as a renewable source of energy and storage option to our simulation ecosystem will be very beneficial for our customers because we thereby reflect an even larger portfolio,” added Dr. Gerrit Lange, Sales Director for Power OEMs and Renewables at the Siemens Energy Management Division. “This will be another step on our way to provide comprehensive solutions for the growing needs of hybrid power applications for distributed energy systems.”