Vattenfall, which owns 75 percent of GEAB, is also a major partner in Smart Grid Gotland. ABB acquired Ventyx in 2010.
The project was initiated to meet the European Union’s climate change target to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020. Sweden plans to increase its renewable electricity production primarily through wind power. The facility will use the distribution management system (DMS) software by Ventyx to address bottlenecks in the distribution network that may restrict the flow from the wind turbines to consumers.
Veijo Huusko, Vattenfall Nordic’s head of R&D portfolio management says, “Wind power is produced out in the distribution grid and, like solar energy, is highly variable, presenting challenges when it comes to power quality, surveillance, and control of the grid. Using industry-leading network management software from Ventyx to create a more intelligent and efficient grid, we can increase the use of renewable energy sources, improve power quality and create added cost-savings for customers over conventional grid technology.”
Ventyx Network Manager SCADA systems will cover one of the island’s substation and its associated network to manage daily operations and help reduce the duration and frequency of outages through the use of smart meters and other equipment in the field.
Jens Birgersson, ABB head of network management business, adds: “The Gotland Smart Grid project is one of the world’s most innovative and significant smart grid initiatives in demonstrating how modernizing electricity networks can support a greater variety of renewable energy sources while at the same time improving power reliability and customer control. It is a significant step forward in the development of a modern, sustainable society with the potential for it to serve as an international model for intelligent electricity networks.”
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 island of Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic Sea located 56 miles (90 km) from the Swedish mainland.