SYSTEM OPERATOR SOLUTIONS

Enabling optimal decision making in a rapidly evolvingenergy system

N-SIDE helps System and Network operators (such as DSOs, TSOs, or ISOs, etc.) make optimal decisions with a unique combination of advanced analytics, industry experience, and software expertise.

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Solving the unique problems faced
by system operators

N-SIDE provides advanced analytics solutions to support decision making for System and Network operators across key areas:

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System planning and operation

With the development of variable energy sources and a more dynamic load evolution, taking actions to ensure the secure and optimal operation of the grid has become even more challenging. Yearly, weekly and real-time planning and operation requires innovative solutions.

N-SIDE provides novel forecasting solutions supporting a variety of use cases, such as system imbalance, power flow, congestion, and meta renewable forecasts.

Our experts are also developing a decision-support tool for congestion management to help the operator make optimal topological changes to mitigate constraints.

N-SIDE also provides an advanced system planning solution that integrates T&D grid planning, flexibility, and storage devices and supports the arbitrage between multiple development scenarios.

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Market facilitation

The need for a more integrated and efficient pan-European energy market, the retirement of conventional generation, and the progressive integration of decentralised flexible assets call for evolving market models to continue facilitating the energy transition.

Our proprietary market clearing solution is used in a large variety of markets from energy and capacity to balancing and local markets. The solution can be combined with our Dynamic Reserve Dimensioning to optimize the procurement of capacity and flexibility services.

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Infrastructure management

With aging assets and increasing stress conditions, the management of critical infrastructure is a top priority for transmission and distribution asset owners.

N-SIDE provides decision support solutions for infrastructure management including predictive maintenance, automatic generation of switch orders, and optimal scheduling of planned outages and maintenance works.

Why N-SIDE?

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Decrease the number of planned outages and associated switchings by 10-20%

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Reduce by 6% the balancing capacity reservation costs

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30% Mean Absolute Error reduction in load forecasting

Products

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Power matching algorithm

(market facilitation)

N-SIDE's Power Matching solution is a robust market clearing algorithm optimizing supply and demand matching in a closed-gate auction fashion.

The solution is able to integrate a wide range of requirements from local to transmission grids and from simple to more complex orders, including block bids.

Power Matching can be used for various operational applications such as capacity market (e.g. long term and day-ahead), congestion management, local market, and redispatch, as well as for offline simulations.

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Outage planning optimization

(infrastructure management)

With the energy landscape in full transition, more interventions are needed on the electrical grid. At the same time, system and network operators have fewer opportunities for outages and more uncertainty related to outage timing.

With the Outage Planning Optimization solution, you’re able to plan ahead for up to 10,000 grid activities and linked outages, for a time horizon spanning from year-ahead planning to week-ahead updates.

This allows for more agile planning of activities when possible, but also for a more stable grid when necessary.

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Dynamic Reserves Dimensioning

(market facilitation)

The Dynamic Reserves Dimensioning solution enables system operators to move closer to a real-time dimensioning approach, allowing them to better adapt reserves to the real imbalance risk faced by the system.

Using machine learning and Monte Carlo simulations, we can predict the normal imbalance and disturbance risk for a given period (e.g. in day-ahead with hourly granularity) and compute the optimal reserve volumes needed to reach the desired reliability target (e.g. 99%).

The solution takes into account day-ahead system conditions, such as load/wind/solar forecasts, HVDC forecasts, and power plant schedules.

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Energy Forecasting Platform

(system planning and operation)

With variable and decentralised energy resources adding complexity to system operation, the capability to anticipate and adapt to rapidly changing and uncertain parameters is key.

The N-SIDE Energy Forecasting Platform lets system and network operators build and customize forecasting and arbitrage solutions over a wide range of use cases, such as power flow, substation load, voluntary capacity bids, or regional reactive power needs.

Professional Services

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Market design

Our deep experience in the energy sector coupled with our strong background in applied mathematics enables our consultants to advise system operators on innovative market design questions.

These services range from state-of-the-art market and algorithm modeling and analysis to quantitative simulations, and cover both long-term and short-term markets for capacity, energy, and balancing.

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Co-creation

With our co-creation approach, we tackle new challenges together with our clients by applying cutting-edge techniques from the extensive N-SIDE analytics toolbox.

Leveraging the knowledge of both your business stakeholders and N-SIDE’s energy incubation experts, we’ll work together through ideation and prototyping to arrive at an innovative, production-ready application.

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Our match-integrate-support service is a step-by-step approach to facilitate the gradual adoption of our software products while mitigating risk within your organization.

First, we highlight the benefits of N-SIDE products for your specific needs. Next, we integrate the solution with your IT environment and operational processes. Finally, we provide professional support and maintenance services with SLAs customized to your needs, giving you peace of mind.

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Production
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Production planning optimization

N-SIDE experts can help you optimize all steps of manufacturing and drug flow (e.g. quantities, timing, allocation) across the clinical supply chain, from formulation to packaging and beyond.

Adapt your manufacturing to real-time events, manage risks, and plan up to 10 years out. If you have scarce resources, a complex manufacturing network, or a large amount of products, this service delivers valuable visibility, control, and waste reduction.

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Strategic manufacturing
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Many important decisions need to be made in R&D manufacturing/CMC. Outsourced or in-house manufacturing? Which network should I use? What’s the optimal stability plan? What’s the best way to handle scale-up to Phase 3 and the transition to commercial?

N-SIDE clinical manufacturing specialists will use our software to optimize the most important strategic decisions for your program, delivering important cost savings and waste reduction.

End-to-end
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Change management

Transitioning to a digital, data-driven clinical supply chain requires more than technology; it demands adaptation throughout the business.

N-SIDE experts will support your change management journey, starting with a clear vision associated with measurable added value for R&D efficiency.

Keeping this purpose in mind, N-SIDE will help your teams take advantage of advanced analytics to become a truly data-driven organization.

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End-to-end program optimization

By optimizing manufacturing for the entire clinical program and optimizing supply for each individual trial, we can typically free up to 50% of the initially planned quantities and accelerate time to commercialization by 2-6 months.

We accomplish this by reducing drug needs at the trial level and limiting manufacturing waste. That enables us to either cancel production lots and re-allocate the resources to new programs, or to re-invest that drug into increased sites and recruitment speed.

N-SIDE Suite
support services

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IMPLEMENTATION
SUPPORT

Implementing the Supply App, Production App, or the entire N-SIDE Suite?

Implementation support needs differ depending on your project and internal resources. N-SIDE provides tailor-made implementation and change management services to help you realign your processes and reduce time to value.

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TRAINING

N-SIDE offers comprehensive training to onboard your team to our tools and technologies. There are different training tracks for the different roles that will interact with the N-SIDE Suite.

Training sessions are led by N-SIDE experts who bring different concepts to life through hands-on exercises and explanations of case studies.

Discover all training options in our training catalogue

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COACHING

In addition to structured training sessions, N-SIDE experts are also available for one-on-one coaching.
Use this time to ask specific questions about N-SIDE software and apply what you learned in training to your own projects.

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“N-SIDE supports our business with advanced analytics tools which allows us to realize the energy transition. Their experts provided the knowledge to transform our reserve dimensioning to the state-of-the-art, ready to deal with future renewable power systems.”

Kristof De Vos System Services Manager, Elia

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Strategies for managing internal grid constraints in the European balancing platforms

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Webinar

From feasible to optimized outage planning: leveraging the power of Advanced Analytics at Elia Transmission Belgium

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