DONG Energy is developing the intelligent power grid. How? Well, if for instance a cable by mistake is damaged by an excavator, thousands of homes may be without power for a couple of hours. It takes time to localise the failure and ensure that power is being led to the customers through other cables. Today the cable cannot tell us where is has been damaged. The first phase of the project is to install automatic equipment in strategic transformer stations. This makes it possible to detect failures much faster. If we are to identify failures manually it may take 30 minutes or more to re-connect our customers to the grid. Using the automatic equipment it will only take a few minutes.
DONG Energy is taking it at step further. We develop automatic equipment that not only tells us where the failure is, it also makes sure that power is re-established through other cables.
The intelligent power grid enables DONG Energy to utilize more efficient surplus power production from wind turbines; especially at night. And in future we can use this technology in electric cars and ensure that the cars are charged when surplus, renewable energy is available.
Working on the intelligent power grid has led to a co-operation with seven leading power companies in the world. The purpose is to exchange experience and ideas and to establish the “best-practice”. The co-operation is headed by IBM and the participants come from the USA, Australia and Europe – represented by DONG Energy.
DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. Our business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in Northern Europe.