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
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
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.
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