The smart grid of the future

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Smart grids are necessary to make the energy supply of the future as flexible as possible. In 2012, grid administrator Stedin further determined its position in the field of smart grids. An internal multidisciplinary team has determined which functionalities are required to enable intelligent grid management development during the coming years. We now have a good idea of the challenges that lay ahead.

Current developments

Stedin is involved in a number of pilot projects to acquire useful experience with smart grids. In its capacity as coordinator of the Couperus project, Stedin received a grant for this purpose in 2011. The technical side of this pilot project was completed in 2012 and the systems have been tested. Due to a delay in construction, the pilot project will not go live until February 2013, with the arrival of the first residents. Stedin is also involved in projects of the Smart Energy Collective, Energieneutraal Heijplaat and Evander, which run more or less parallel to the Couperus Smart Grid project.

Direct current offers possibilities

In new development areas, direct current networks offer good possibilities for substantial energy and cost savings. Infrastructure company Joulz develops smart concepts in which the market and the media show increasing interest. Concepts for a holiday park in the province of Zeeland and a business park in the province of Flevoland have already demonstrated that the use of direct current definitely saves energy. Joulz and its partners have received a grant from the Nederlandse Innovatie Programma Intelligente Netten (Dutch Smart Grid Innovation Programme) for the realisation of a direct current network in the Haarlemmermeer greenhouse horticulture area. In 2012, Joulz won the Smart Grids Innovation Award 2012 and a nomination for Sustainable Innovator for its smart concepts in the field of direct current.