The city of Rotterdam, the Dutch grid operator Stedin and Dutch energy service provider Lyv Smart Lyving will start with Siemens as their technology partner for the Smart Electrical Grid in the Rotterdam pilot project. During the course of this project, 20,000 smart home solutions and distributed energy sources such as wind turbines or photovoltaic plants are to be connected to a smart grid over the next three years. The core element will be the Siemens decentralized energy management system DEMS. Omnetric Group, the Siemens joint venture with Accenture, is to deliver the IT services for the project.
The aim of the project is to provide intelligent control of power generation and consumption, starting in the Rotterdam district of Merwe-Vierhavens, in order to even out consumption peaks, avoid grid overloads and save energy and distribution costs. Another goal of the smart grid project is to encourage investment in more renewable energy sources and energy storage systems as well as to make new business models possible. The decentralized energy management system DEMS serves as a platform for the smart electricity grid in Rotterdam to balance the fluctuations of generation and loads and to compensate power peaks in the grid.
The smart grid also offers companies and households that generate power themselves attractive conditions for marketing surplus electricity, thus turning customers into "prosumers" instead of mere consumers. In this way the Rotterdam smart grid is also expected to stimulate the local economy and smooth the way for innovations and new business possibilities. The mix of large and small port-related companies as well as private homes in Rotterdam will provide a suitable test environment for the smart grid pilot project.
After successful completion of the test phase, the partners are planning to extend the smart grid to other districts and later also to the surrounding region outside Rotterdam with a million additional connections. Working with locally generated power from photovoltaic plants and wind turbines, the Smart Electricity Grid Rotterdam will make it possible to have an optimized energy balance by 2050. It is also hoped that this will create a possible solution for also providing other regions of the Netherlands with electrical power in the future.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment - such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems - and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of 79.6 billion and net income of 5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide.
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