Ventyx, Vattenfall, Swedish utility to work on smart grid

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Ventyx, an ABB company, is joining an initiative to create a smart power grid, part of a development project called Smart Grid Gotland.

As part of the project, Ventyx will deploy a comprehensive Distribution System Optimization solution encompassing network control, demand response management, demand forecasting and business analytics to support the project, enabling large quantities of wind and other renewable and distributed energy sources to be integrated into the grid, while maintaining reliability and providing better operational performance.

Ventyx is working with several partners on the project, including Gotlands Energi AB (GEAB), the utility serving the Swedish island of Gotland. GEAB is 75 percent owned by Vattenfall, which is also a major partner in Smart Grid Gotland.

The project was initiated in response to the European Union’s climate change target to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020. Sweden plans to increase its renewable power production primarily through wind power, as generated on the Island of Gotland providing customers with low carbon, sustainable power supplies.

After this Gotland pilot, the solutions and ideas could be transferred to larger-scale projects on the Swedish mainland and in other European countries, providing citizens with more reliable power and an opportunity to control their energy consumption and costs.

The distribution management system (DMS) software by Ventyx, integrated with ABB hardware, will be used to address bottlenecks in the distribution network that may restrict the flow from the wind turbines to consumers.

Ventyx Network Manager SCADA systems will cover one of the island’s substation and its associated network – managing daily operations and helping to reduce the duration and frequency of outages through the use of smart meters and other equipment in the field. The Ventyx business analytics solution will analyze data from the SCADA/DMS/OMS system, and potentially other sources to help boost operational efficiency and reliability while reducing costs.

Smart Grid Gotland is a cooperation project between Vattenfall, ABB, GEAB, Svenska Kraftnät, Schneider Electric and KTH, and is partly financed by the Swedish Energy Agency. The project was begun in September 2012 and will run to December 2015 and has three overall objectives: 1) cost efficiently increase the hosting capacity for wind power in an existing distribution system; 2) show that novel technology can improve the power quality in a rural grid with large quantities of installed wind power; and 3) create possibilities for demand-side participation in the electricity market, in order to shift load from peak load hours to peak production hours.

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