Planning Electrical Power Systems


Modeling, Simulation, Analytics, and Optimization

New disruptive trends from bandwidth consumption, supply chain resources, and workforce operational changes are unraveling every industry’s capabilities to function normally. From power and internet providers, retailers, manufacturers to healthcare and logistics providers, these waves of disruptions have caused trillions of dollars of economic impact, and in some cases lost lives. 

This chain reaction is quickly spreading across various networks, straining resources and mounting large pressures on our most essential infrastructure networks in society. With critical network infrastructure responsible for connecting over 7.5 billion people and over 100 billion devices and sensors, protecting in real-time these networks and preventing any outages has never been more important. It is vital for every enterprise to have a resiliency plan and protocols that can be simulated in real-time in order to prevent catastrophic system failure. COVID-19 has shown us that unforeseen non-weather-related catastrophes is a substantial hazard to every person and business, and we all should better prepared.

Grid Element Library


Power Analytics maintains libraries for over 30,000 Grid Elements for unparalleled ability to model and simulate virtually any size power system.

What are grid elements?

“Grid Element” is the term that Power Analytics uses for all the devices that comprise a power network. The description of the Grid Element is often referred to as a library. This includes power cables (e.g. busses and branches) and all the other elements of the network, especially protective devices (e.g. fuses, breakers, relays), as well as generation, loads, transformers, inverters, etc.

How are they developed?

The vast majority of Grid Elements have been developed over the past 30 years. Some of the elements have been developed by Power Analytics customers and submitted to be verified and distributed to all customers. Any user who has a current license/support agreement receives access to all Grid Element libraries as part of the software license/support agreement. Many of the most sophisticated Grid Element libraries were developed by Power Analytics under contract from equipment suppliers (e.g. micro CHP products from Yanmar, and photovoltaic devices developed as part of research for the Department of Energy).

Why do they matter?

The Grid Elements are fundamental to the power model, which is central to approach to power system analysis and design. Depending on the objectives of the analysis, the Grid Element are applied with varying degrees of detail and depth. For example, how a motor starts either for generation or load or how energy storage discharges are critical factors for planning essentially any microgrid or distributed generation power system. As the planning and understanding of the essential nature of power networks increases (part of reverse power flow networks), Grid Elements (both 50 and 60 Hz networks) increase in importance. DB has more than 30,000 different Grid Elements, which increases continuously. Recreating these Grid Element libraries would necessitate a substantial investment of time and money.

DesignBase Xi™

Our Cloud-Based Software

Enjoy all the features of DesignBase™ plus the ability to collaborate in real time through the cloud.

The power grid is becoming a real-time transactional network, and Power Analytics is leading the way with DesignBase Xi™. DesignBase Xi™ stores all of your models securely to the cloud, allows for collaboration, and includes every analytical option without purchasing add-on components. You will have 24/7 instant access, your own secure VM, and a full grid element library. You can get everything in this package plus responsive tech support at your fingertips for $499/month.

“I love the low monthly cost, and the flexibility of being able to use the program on a month to month basis. Plus, I don’t have any back up worries, because everything is saved in the cloud.”

Brad Ginter