UPGRID in the Innovative power conference (InnoGrid2020+)

InnoGrid2020+ is the EU event on innovation in electricity networks. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) have focused this 6th of InnoGrid2020+ on the arising topic “network of networks”. UPGRID project was very present in the event. Here Roberto González, UPGRID Project Coordinator, remarked the importance of Low Voltage monitoring to leverage current smart grid efforts, the positive impact on consumers of UPGRID developments and deployments (improvement in quality of supply, provision of more detailed information to consumers…) and the fact that the consumer recruitment is a challenge being very interesting the interaction with them.

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UPGRID project in CIRED 2017

During June 12 to 15 CIRED, the leading forum about Electricity Distribution Community, took place in Glasgow (Scotland). Iberdrola, EDP Distribuição, Vattenfall, Energa, GE, Tecnalia and ZIV represented UPGRID project in this conference.

Papers, oral and poster sessions were presented based on each of the four UPGRID demonstrators. Moreover, partners of the UPGRID project from General Electric (GE), Iberdrola and Vattenfall hosted a live demonstrator at the GE conference booth, opened to all CIRED visitors. It was titled: “The Future of Operation and Control on the LV Grid”. The exhibition provided the opportunity to show the Spanish and Swedish UPGRID demonstration on real time by remotely connecting to both real live Low Voltage Network Management Systems (LV NMS) deployed in each Distribution System Operator (DSO), based on GE PowerOn technology.

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Four low voltage smart grid demonstrators are already in operation

Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Poland have finished the deployment of four relevant smart grid demonstrators in December 2016. They are in operation now and reporting useful information in order to get conclusions by the end of this year.

Bilbao area (North of Spain), Parque das Nações (Lisbon, Portugal), Åmål (South of Sweden) and Gdynia (North of Poland) – these smart grid demonstrators are already operating in Europe. The demonstrators were deployed during 2016 and the goal is to provide the electrical system with new products and services to improve the management of the distribution networks as well as increase the value of the service provided to the consumers. This way, it will be possible to give an improved answer to consumer needs, such as reducing power supply restoration time, show access to more accurate and immediate information, or increase consumer participation in the market.

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