Over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. The problem has been complicated by climate change, forest management, outdated and neglected electrical infrastructure, and local land-use decisions that allow communities to sprawl deeper into wildfire-prone areas.
Implementing new technology for these use cases while maintaining normal ongoing reliable operations can be a major challenge. And leveraging existing systems and assets while implementing advanced solutions rapidly is a complex balancing act.
The focus of the holistic Siemens approach for wildfire mitigation is to be a complementary overlay to the entity’s distributed generation architecture to enable better outcomes.
Distributed energy resources are important for emergency preparedness and recovery in a disaster, especially in rural, sparsely populated areas with rugged terrain. If a wildfire strikes, communities need to be self-sufficient, perhaps for several weeks or longer.