Pilot project will operate from one substation but will have global relevance for the industry and end-users
Norway’s third largest energy producer, Agder Energi, is collaborating with technology companies Microsoft and Powel AS on a pilot project that aims to use intelligent technology to create a pioneering smart grid solution of the future.
Microsoft’s intelligent cloud platform Azure, PowerBI and Azure IoT Hub, combined with expertise from Powel and Agder Energi subsidiary Enfo, will improve the integration of new energy resources, including control of devices in the network and predictive forecasts for situational awareness.
While there have been enormous advances in energy technology in the last decade, the electrical network in Norway and worldwide has not seen the same progress. The pilot will demonstrate how grid operators can implement intelligent cloud-based network solutions to achieve a number of benefits. It will enable energy-savings and easier integration of renewable energy to the grid mix and also mean economic benefits for the end customer by reducing expensive peak load during periods of high demand.
The pilot will be operated from one of the Agder Energi substations which is already up to 120 per cent of its capacity several times a year. The technology will make it easier for operators to predict demand and adopt distributed resources. This will result in reduced wear on the substation.
The parties expect to build on these results in the future so that they can perform automatic balancing of renewable energy and peak load control in near real time.