Siemens joins smart grid pilot project in Rotterdam

Siemens is taking part in a smart grid pilot project in Rotterdam that will connect 20,000 homes with renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines and solar PV plants, and storage systems.

The aim of the project is to provide intelligent control of power generation and consumption in order to even out consumption peaks, avoid grid overloads and save energy and distribution costs, Siemens explained.

Another goal is to encourage investment in renewable energy sources and energy storage systems as well as to make new business models possible.

Siemens has been named as technology partner for the project, which is led by the city of Rotterdam, Dutch grid operator Stedin and Dutch energy service provider Lyv Smart Lyving. The German company’s Decentralised Energy Management System (DEMS) has been selected as a platform for the smart electricity grid in Rotterdam, to balance the fluctuations of generation and loads and to compensate for power peaks in the grid.

The city’s smart grid will also offer companies and households that generate power themselves attractive conditions for marketing surplus electricity, turning those consumers into ‘prosumers’.

“In this way the Rotterdam smart grid is also expected to stimulate the local economy and smooth the way for innovations and new business possibilities,” Siemens said. “The mix of large and small port-related companies as well as private homes in Rotterdam will provide a suitable test environment for the smart grid pilot project.”

After successful completion of the test phase in the Rotterdam district of Merwe-Vierhavens, the partners are planning to extend the smart grid to other districts and later to the surrounding region outside Rotterdam with one million additional connections.

Ultimately, the partners believe the smart grid project in Rotterdam will make it possible to have an optimised energy balance by 2050, and potentially create a solution for providing other regions of the Netherlands with electrical power in the future.

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