Published on September 3rd, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo0
Smart grid project on Gotland
This fall, the project Smart Grid Gotland takes off as the entire island will be a lab for smart electricity networks.
The project is under development by the local energy company GEAB in collaboration with Vattenfall, ABB, Schneider Electric, Svenska Kraftnät, the Swedish Energy Agency and KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology. The smart grids research platform is comprised of smart meters, smart substations and rural grid, energy storage, Information- and Communication technology, Smart SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) as well as market installations.
The project has three overall goals. One is to in a cost efficient way increase the hosting capacity for wind power in an existing distribution system. Secondly, the project aims to show that novel technology can improve the power quality in a rural grid with large quantities of installed wind power. And thirdly, the initiative hopes to create possibilities for demand side participation in the electricity market, in order to shift load from peak load hours to peak production hours. The three objectives have been translated to five measurable objectives, such as increasing the hosting capacity of wind power from 195MW with 5 MW by use of load shift and to attract 2000 households to participate in a market test under market driven conditions.
In October, the market test for households starts.