ABB part of smart grid project in Germany
Known as MEREGIO, the project is currently under development for pilot deployment in the Karlsruhe-Stuttgart region of southern Germany, one of the most densely populated areas of the country and widely considered Europes biggest manufacturing and high-tech hub.
The objective of the project is to create an optimized and sustainable power network that reduces CO2 emissions to as close to zero as is technically feasible and humanly possible a so-called Minimum Emissions Region (MEREGIO).
The solution will integrate clean energy generated by solar panels, wind turbines, fuel cells and other sources of distributed generation and provide the grid operator with real-time information about the entire power network in terms of supply and consumer demand.
This will enable the operator to predict power flow, adapt rapidly to changing situations, send price signals to the consumer to encourage demand or restrain it if there is risk of a bottleneck, and create a regional energy market that incorporates end customers.
Consumers will be able to monitor their energy consumption and CO2 footprint, respond to price signals and adapt consumption according to price and availability, and sell surplus power from their own generators to the grid when price conditions are most favorable.
MERIGIO is a collaborative project between ABB and consortium partners IBM, SAP, EnBW (Germanys third largest utility), Systemplan Engineering and the University of Karlsruhe.
Recently selected by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as a winner of the E-Energy: ICT-based Energy System of the Future award, the pilot will incorporate about 1,000 households, industrial consumers, generating units and energy storage units, each equipped with a smart meter.
ABBs role in the project is to develop and install the network control system including new functions for optimal integration of decentralized generation as well as interfaces to automated meter reading and commercial marketplace systems.
The solution will be based on ABBs Network Manager, the worlds leading energy management platform with more than 400 installations worldwide. ABB has successfully completed a number of smart grid projects in Europe, North America and Asia and is currently involved in numerous other pilot projects in various countries and regions.
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.
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Distributed power generation generates electricity from many small energy sources, rather than relying on a single source such as a large coal, nuclear, hydropower or gas-powered plant. Large plants do offer economies of scale, but usually have to transmit the electricity they generate over long distances. Distributed generation reduces the amount of energy lost in electrical transmission because the electricity is created very near where it is used, sometimes even in the same building. The size and number of power lines needed is also reduced.
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