Schneider Electric has signed a contract to supply SEV, the main energy supplier in the Faroe Islands, a new integrated solution for the complete management of the island’s electrical network for generation, transmission and distribution operations.
SEV must deliver continuous, stable and inexpensive electricity to the island’s inhabitants, while transitioning to a higher renewables model, reducing its diesel dependency and maintaining grid security and stability.
The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 islands with an approximately 50,000 population situated between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea, approximately halfway between western Norway and Iceland. The Faroese power system is a true island power system, with no interconnectors to other power systems, and demand varies from a nighttime low around 15MW up to around 45MW during winter afternoons.
The current 60MW installed renewable generation capacity from hydro and wind resources totals almost 60% of the island’s power production. The remainder is from diesel generation.
Software applications for microgrids
Starting in November 2014, Schneider Electric will deploy their complete suite of advanced software applications for microgrids including SCADA, Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), Power Plant Controller and Weather Forecasting Systems, built on DONG Energy’s existing Power Hub system.
The Power Hub, a virtual power plant, enables integration of a high proportion of intermittent renewable energies by creating an optimized energy management program for the main island’s local generation and demand response facilities. [Engerati-Power Hub - VPP for network balancing (a part of Twenties)]
“This first-of-its-kind project will allow SEV to optimize generation and network assets, increase share of local renewable generation to 80% before 2020 by transforming the Faroes’ powerful natural energy resources into clean and affordable energy that will serve the local community,” comments Hákun Djurhuus, managing director of SEV.
Power Hub virtual power plant
In November 2012 the Faroe Islands became the first place in the world where a virtual power plant was used to recreate balance in an island power system by decoupling large industrial units in less than a second from the main power system, thereby avoiding blackouts.
Participating companies have included the fishing company Kollafjørð Pelagic, the salmon farm Fútaklettur and the fish cold store Bergfrost in Fuglafjørður. When Power Hub goes into operation, power pump systems, compressor and freezer equipment at these plants are temporarily disconnected from the grid until production is increased, typically from a few seconds to a few minutes
In its first year of operation, Power Hub kicked into operation 16 times.
Power Hub was developed as part of the EU-supported TWENTIES project. [Engerati-The TWENTIES Project: New Technologies Facilitating the Integration of Wind Power and Life After TWENTIES: How to Move from Demonstration Projects to Commercial Pilots]