Development of the energy system of the future

 

Smart grid

A large increase in solar energy and wind energy demands a flexible and intelligent grid

 

 

Development of the energy system of the futureDevelopment of the energy system of the future

DONG Energy is in the process of developing the intelligent grid of the future. We are investing in new state-of-the-art systems developed specifically to meet the challenges which our future grid is facing. This means that we reduce the need for new investments in the electrical infrastructure.

  • A large increase in solar energy and wind energy demands a flexible and intelligent grid

  • We must be able to constantly adjust production and consumption to a much greater extent than we do today

  • New IT systems put DONG Energy in a better position to monitor, control and analyse data so that the flow in the grid is optimised constantly

A need for flexible consumption

We see a number of opportunities to stimulate a more flexible electricity consumption. If the customers are willing to move their consumption away from the overloaded periods of the grid, we can reduce the need for investments. Intelligent electricity meters, time-controlled charging of electric vehicles and other electricity-consuming appliances and local heating with electric heat pumps are some of the many initiatives needed to make more flexible electricity consumption.

Power Hub – a core component of the intelligent grid

The Power Hub system is an important element in DONG Energy's work to develop an intelligent grid. Power Hub is a prerequisite for the integration of the increasing volumes of electricity from wind power and other renewable energy sources into the grid for the benefit of consumers, society and the environment.

In the Power Hub project we gather experience with mobilising, controlling and optimising many different types of energy production units and consuming units with a view to ensuring the balance of the energy system of tomorrow.

Power Hub is financed by DONG Energy and the EU as part of the project 'Twenties'. Power Hub is in operation on the Faroe Islands, among other places, where – in short intervals – it can disconnect the power supply to large-scale electricity consumers in order to stabilise the grid and avoid blackouts.

In 2008, we were the first European energy company to be invited to participate in the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition.

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iPower - an important part of the future Danish Smart GridiPower - an important part of the future Danish Smart Grid

​DONG Energy is working on developing an intelligent energy system that can ensure optimal cohesion between generation and consumption of energy in a future in which renewable energy sources account for an ever-growing share of energy. The iPower project focuses on developing methods and tools for the intelligent management of decentralised electricity-consuming and generating units and marks an important step on the way to the development of a Smart Grid.

  • iPower is a collaborative platform comprising 16 companies and 10 universities

  • iPower will lead to savings for society because a Smart Grid avoids the need for extensive investment in the distribution network

  • iPower means that all households are connected automatically to the cheapest available electricity

  • iPower may pave the way for Danish exports of technologies for the Smart Grid and intelligent management of future household appliances and electric cars, etc.

An intelligent energy system

DONG Energy is an active participant in the iPower project, which was launched in 2011 and will continue for five years. iPower is a collaborative platform comprising 16 companies and 10 universities.

The project is intended to help develop an intelligent and flexible energy system that can handle flexible electricity generation in a future in which electricity from wind, solar, wave and other renewable forms of energy accounts for a large part of the energy system.

At the same time as cutting CO2 emissions significantly, iPower will lead to savings for society by avoiding the need for extensive investment in the distribution network.

Management of electricity consumption

iPower is tasked with coming up with methods and tools for the intelligent management of decentralised electricity-consuming and generating units, including the millions of flexible electric devices that consumers will have in future.

One of the aims is for each household to be automatically connectable to the cheapest available electricity, regardless of whether it comes from wind turbines or from conventional power stations.

Investments

iPower has received funding from SPIR (Strategic Platform for Innovation and Research).

SPIR is an initiative from the Danish Council for Strategic Research and the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation. The aim of SPIR is to create a new collaborative model in which the business community participates actively in both planning and implementing research and innovation activities.

Possible technology exports

Denmark is an international leader in the development of a Smart Grid - an intelligent power grid. And with the iPower project, the expectation is that this lead will increase further. In the slightly longer term, this may lead to Danish exports of Smart Grid technologies and systems and of the intelligent management and communication to be incorporated in future household appliances, electric cars and many other devices that consume electricity.

The partner group

Besides DONG Energy, iPower includes Danfoss, Grundfos, Vestas, Aalborg University, a number of departments at DTU, Risø DTU and the Danish Technological Institute. 
The partner group has the scale and breadth to develop and demonstrate solutions covering all critical aspects of intelligent energy systems with flexible consumption.

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