The Multi-Area Reliability Simulation (MARS) engine enables electric utility planners to more quickly and accurately assess the ability of a power system, comprised of a number of interconnected areas, to help adequately satisfy customer load requirements. Based on a full sequential Monte Carlo simulation, MARS performs a chronological hourly simulation of the system, comparing the hourly load demand in each area to the total available generation in the area, which has been adjusted to account for planned maintenance and randomly occurring forced outages. This reliability analysis software will analyze the areas with excess capacity and will provide emergency assistance to deficient areas, subject to transfer limits between the areas.
Superior probabilistic algorithm. Simulate complex operating conditions with Markov Chain Monte Carlo.
Evaluate risk. Model emergency operating procedures and their effect on generation capacity adequacy.
Industry-backed best practices. Simulate renewable generation while preserving load correlation.
Storage. Updated energy storage modeling for pumped hydro and battery energy.
Beyond LOLE and EUE. MARS’ transparent output shows duration and frequency of events as well as the reasoning behind your simulation results.
High-performance computing. MARS supports task parallelization to reduce time requirements for a single study.
Pre-made datasets. Access ready-to-use datasets available for license for faster model creation.
Projected CO2 emissions reduction in 2028, in tons
Storage capacity value, even with short duration
Together with GE, the U.S. Department of Energy analyzed the impact of building a 500 MW pumped hydro storage plant on California’s grid system. Using MARS, MAPS, and six years of historical weather data, the study found significant positive economic and environmental impacts on the state’s electrical system.
MARS comes with a user interface (GUI) and Python application programming interface (API) that greatly improve the user experience.
The UI provides several features including:
The API allows Python users even more power, including: