The Swedish Energy Agency
The Swedish Energy Agency has decided to support the research program Smart Energy in Stockholm Royal Seaport with 25 % of budgeted costs. This newsworthy program is a good addition to the agency’s other investments in smart grids, due to the program partners’ uniquely broad and system covering composition, and the programs clear focus on the end users’ role in the new grid. Swedish trade and industry is in the forefront of developing components and systems for electricity grids, and an already strong export business can benefit from being able to launch products for the sustainable society, at an early stage.
Contact: Fredrik Lundström, Programme manager Research and Innovation Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 (0)16 544 20 00
Smarter, and more flexible grids are necessary for energy systems with a major share of intermittent production. The requirements of that system are complex - it shall be able to cut peak load demand by controlling energy consumption, such as white goods usage and EV charging towards periods with high shares of intermittent production and low prices, but also be able to handle input from solar and wind micro production.
Smart grids is also a question about interface and our perception of everyday life. Even though the technical solutions are in place to provide added value, safety and comfort, they will not lead to changes in behaviour until they are perceived to deliver added value in a simple way. Important parts of the project will therefore focus on the behavioural aspects - how the residents will internalize and use the technical solutions in everyday life.
Contact: Johan Ander, Program Manager - Stockholm Royal Seaport Program, email@example.com, +46 (0)8 671 70 00
Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, cookers, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and small domestic appliances.
We are is in this project both to learn about consumer behaviour related to products connected to smart grids, and to get the opportunity to test technologies that help consumers manage their energy usage.
One third of Electrolux investment in research and development is dedicated to sustainability related projects, and during the past five years, the energy consumption of the products has decreased by on average one fifth. The washing machines and tumble dryers that we have developed for Stockholm Royal Seaport may help us take the next step in developing and improving energy efficiency.
Contact: Daniel Frykholm, Head of Group Media Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 (0)8 738 60 00.
For ABB the goal with this project is to create a smart grid where substations equipped with the latest technology are used and where ABB’s Network Manager DMS for control and management of the distribution network, Demand Response Management System (DRMS) for virtual power plants and business intelligence (BI) solutions to support utility-specific business process monitoring and reporting and Asset Health Center to gain visibility into the condition of critical assets, prioritize maintenance activities and support repair, refurbish and renew decisions.
By leveraging both technology and automation the consumer can in an easy way impact the energy consumption based on the current market price and CO2-emissions, and therefore it is possible for the consumer to gain positive impacts both from an economical and an environmental perspective.
The software applications supporting the smart grid sends signals to the home automation system and the appliances in order to achieve the most optimized energy usage.
Data on the energy usage and trends are used for control and scheduling of the home automation system and appliances as well as for visualization of the energy usage in both mobile units and wall-mounted units. The home automation system is controlling the energy usage of the electric appliances, lightning as well as the heating in the homes.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.
Contact: Christine Gunnarsson, Media relations manager ABB Sweden, email@example.com ,+46 (0)21 32 50 00.
Ericsson wants to gain increased understanding of electricity consumers’ attitude to and use of new smart services in everyday life and how they will possibly change their behavior with access to new information and new tools to change their climate impact.
Ericsson also wants to gain understanding of how a grid company can streamline its operations and increase the availability of its network with the help of new technology, and how to best connect devices in the network that were previously not connected.
Based on this Ericsson want to create and further develop its offers for "Connected Home" and "Smart grid" and make them a part of "The Networked Society".
In Stockholm Royal Seaport, Ericsson is testing its software platform for services to the "Connected Home" and for devices that connect network base stations.
We see this research program as a good way to develop Ericsson's collaboration with other leading players in this industry such as the Royal Institute of Technology, ABB, Electrolux and Fortum.