Rotterdam’s smart grid project launched

Dutch grid operator Stedin and utility Lyv Smart Lyving plan to install 20,000 smart home solutions with local distributed energy generators.
Published: Thu 25 May 2017

Omnetric Group and Siemens have partnered with the grid operator and utility to implement a distributed energy management system (DEMS) across Rotterdam starting in the Merwe-Vierhavens area. The DEMS will serve as a platform for the smart grid which will help balance the fluctuations of generation and loads as well as compensate power peaks in the grid, with the aim of saving the city energy and distribution costs.

Rotterdam’s plan to create an efficient and self-sufficient local energy market

The solution also comprises a virtual power plant which will enable Lyv Smart Living to act as an intermediary between the distributed energy resources on the system and the wholesale market. It will  ultimately enable an efficient and self-sufficient local energy market.

The implementation is scheduled for June this year and is said to be the largest of its kind in Europe. The city aims to have 20,000 connections (smart homes, businesses, industry, renewable production, etc.) within its city limits connected to the energy sharing system in the next three years.

There are plans to extend the smart grid to other districts after successful completion of the test phase. After this, the smart grid will be expanded to the surrounding region outside Rotterdam, with one million additional connections.

The smart grid will also allow companies and households to generate power themselves, helping to turn more customers into prosumers.

Rotterdam’s smart energy goals

Smart Electricity Grid Rotterdam is planning to optimise energy balance by 2050 through working with locally generated power from photovoltaic plants and wind turbines. It is expected that the solution will support the city’s aim to become energy neutral by this date.

The Dutch government plans to roll out 6m smart meters latest by 2020 to comply with European Union (EU) regulations. Back in 2007, the government had announced a similar initiative to have smart meters in all homes by 2013. But privacy concerns and public resistance led to the programme becoming optional.

This time around, however, there has been little resistance.

In a statement, Siemens says that the project is also intended to "stimulate the local economy and smooth the way for innovations and new business possibilities." This could mean that the use of new technologies such as energy storage systems could receive a boost in development and adoption.