The most important step in the transition to the smart grid is automation expansion for the consumers through real life demonstrations.
16 October 2010
Smart grids to step into urban living
The intelligence of an electricity network in practice
means in that more automation and flexibly managed
resources - such as small-scale production, loads, energy
storages - are brought to the network. However, the most
important step in the transition to the smart grid is
automation expansion for the consumers as well.
To respond to this challenge, Finnish organizations have
launched a research program and projects to produce smart
energy to: Fingrid solutions for real life demonstrations Pho.
The pilot projects are initiatives from a research program launched this spring by the Strategic
Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation for Energy and Environment, CLEEN Ltd.
The ground for the five-year program Smart Grids and Energy Markets (SGEM) was created
through research programs carried out by Finnish research organizations and companies during the
The program aims to develop international smart grid solutions that can be demonstrated in a real
environment. At the same time, the benefits of an interactive international research environment
will accumulate know-how of the world-leading ICT and smart grid providers.
Helsinki block demonstrates a wide grid
A new block is being built in Kalasatama area in Helsinki. It is
a long term construction project that will offer 10 000 jobs and
homes for 18 000 people by the beginning of 2030.
The first residential buildings are estimated to be completed by
Copyright: Adactive Oy the end of 2011.
Through intelligent energy systems, also the role of the future Kalasatama residents will change into
active energy users. Within the smart grids, it is also important to integrate the real estate and other
local energy solutions into wider energy system.
These solutions include, inter alia, locally produced renewable energy such as solar power and
infrastructure supporting electric cars. Electric transport will be basic premise for Kalasatama, in
which public transport solutions support the environmental-friendliness.
Vision for the smart energy solutions in Kalasatama is based on cooperation with members of the
SGEM research program, Helsingin Energia, ABB, and Nokia Siemens Networks. The City of
Helsinki is also strongly involved in the project.
?The operational model is optimal in a sense that the same parties who are involved in doing the
research, carry out also the practical demonstrations,? says Markku Hyvärinen, Head of
Development at Helen Sähköverkko Oy.
Espoo demonstrates living in apartment house
Demonstration sustainable urban living in a apartment house, named
Adjutantti, is another example resulting from the SGEM research
"Adjutantti is a very concrete concept of urban living, where energy
efficiency will be maximized. New technologies are brought close to
the consumer for them to try and test out the solutions," describes Vesa
Photo: Skanska Koivisto, Business Development Manager at Fortum.
Residents of Adjutantti will contribute towards more sustainable development, as it will be able to
produce solar energy power. Solar energy is used, for instance, to charge the electric car meant for
joint use for the residents, and for stairwell lighting.
Comprehensive energy monitoring systems will be installed to the apartments. Through this system,
residents are able to monitor their energy consumption almost in real time, including water, heating
and electricity consumption.
Residential buildings are estimated to be completed by the end of 2011. Project cooperation-
partners in addition to Fortum are Skanska and ABB.
The main chracteristics of traditional and smart grid
In smart grids the customer interface will be bidirectional. Small producers
have the opportunity to participate into the electricity market in addition to
Customers may transfer the additional self-produced, zero-emissions electricity
to the national grid. In addition, network reliability is improved.
"In the future, consumers can control their own electricity consumption, for
example by controlling the use of energy to a more favourable time of the day,"
says Jarmo Partanen, Electrical Engineering Professor from Lappeenranta
University of Technology.
Creating new tools for environmental monitoring
Intelligent electricity networks to act as an interactive market place