The research and development project is part of a larger Helsinki initiative to reduce the city’s environmental footprint and as such, will focus on sustainable and efficient generation, transmission and distribution of power. Seppo Ruohonen, CEO of Helsingin Energia, says, “We have the ambition to develop the new Kalasatama district into a global benchmark for smart cities and we look forward to implementing the best available technology together with our global partners.”
ABB, Helsingin Energia and Nokia Siemens Networks will develop solutions for energy storage; to ensure that excess power generated from renewable energy sources in Kalasatama such as solar panels and wind turbines can be transmitted into the power grid; to allow electric vehicles to pull electricity from the grid or feed it back; and to provide more flexibility and transparency in the distribution grid in order to lower consumption and emissions.
Bazmi Husain, ABB’s head of smart grids initiative, says, “In terms of scale, this is another big step forward in the development of a smarter and more flexible urban grid that can integrate distributed and renewable energy sources and help people to realize the vision of sustainable urban living.”
Nokia Siemens Networks head of Energy Solutions, Jaakko Aho, adds, “The new smart grid technology will enable the introduction of new innovative services to consumers, as has been the case in mobile telephone networks. Active involvement of residents will be enabled by new customer-focused services and real-time energy tariffing.”
According to a Nokia Siemens release, the consortium partners “envision a smart grid based on industry-wide standards supporting a stable, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable power system. It will also accommodate customer demand response management systems that allow local producers and consumers to interact with the network operator and the energy market, to reduce peak loads and increase efficiency.”
Earlier this year ABB announced a partnership with T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, to develop smart grid solutions.