Siemens sponsored the international conference “Smart Grid Applications & The case of European islands” that took place in Athens on May 15-16, 2014. The conference was organized by the Network of Aegean Islands for Sustainability (DAFNI), with the cooperation of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR) and the support of the Aegean Energy Agency.
On a decisive step towards the development of smart energy grids, the installation of smart meters in 80% of electricity end users until 2020 is being promoted, according to a relative EU Directive and a decision of the Ministry of Energy, Environment and Climate Change. The new infrastructures will allow better coordination between supply and demand, as electricity providers will receive direct information on the hourly electricity consumption of consumers. This way, they will be capable to offer differentiated invoices and manage the grids based on their actual needs.
In this context, European Commission executives and representatives from companies and related bodies, presented at the conference smart grid applications on islands of Scotland, Sweden, Denmark and the Aegean. Moreover, they highlighted the latest developments around smart grids technology and their applications, including electric vehicles.
During the conference, Thorsten Kloepper, Head of sales for smart software solutions in the Siemens Smart Grid Division, made two presentations highlighting the company’s expertise around smart grids’ technology, their implementation and the integration of e-mobility in smart grids and Smart Cities. The participation of Siemens in the conference was enhanced and supported by the presence of the Head and executives from the Smart Grid Division of Sie-mens Greece.
Specifically, Mr. Kloepper focused on smart grids and the challenges faced by companies dur-ing their implementation. Utilities and technology vendors need to increase their efficiency in-ternally and to prepare properly in order to expand into Big Data operations in the near future. While customers seek solutions for the optimization of technological and commercial process-es, the true value of Smart Grid can be highlighted only through looking at the entire system.
On the way to a smart grid, software complements traditional grid technologies as key enabler for optimization. The convergence of OT and IT is a key factor and requires integrated opera-tion of software systems. In this context, Mr. Kloepper presented data driven methodologies that utilities can choose for the development of a smart grid, using Siemens e2e capabilities. Special references were made to the capabilities of MDMS Energy IP.
Regarding E-mobility, Mr. Kloepper stressed it will be an important pillow for the Smart Cities development as well as one of the key element for the new Smart Grids. Looking straight ahead to the future following innovation and sustainability, Siemens has developed the E-car Operation Center (OC), a solution that allows the monitoring, control of the entire recharge process and recharging infrastructure. Thanks to its open architecture it allows the interaction with other smart grid stakeholders and software, such as the distributor system operator (for de-mand response and load management purposes), Meter data management systems, billing systems, roaming platform, public administrations, private operators.
“The changing market conditions combined with the increasing energy needs form a particularly demanding environment for the future of energy supply and management. Siemens can provide the tailored answers and solutions that local societies need, based on the use of innovative technologies and its global experience in Smart Grids and E-mobility”, commented Ioannis Kanatas, Head of Smart Grid Energy Automation and Services, Siemens Greece.
The international conference “Smart Grid Applications & The case of European islands”, which was organized by DAFNI network, was attended by representatives from the political leader-ship of the related Ministries, the General Management of PPC S.A. and HEDNO S.A., the scientific and technical community, the related organizations, local government, the industry, the media and consumers. For the first time, the participants had the opportunity to get firsthand an overview of this sector’s technologies in Greece and Europe. At the same time, they were informed about the range of the available applications and products as well as the business opportunities of this rapidly evolving market.
The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany), with approximately 90,000 employees, focuses on sustainable and intelligent infrastructure technologies. Its offering includes products, systems and solutions for intelligent traffic management, rail-bound transportation, smart grids, power distribution, energy efficient buildings, and safety and security. The Sector comprises the divisions Building Technologies, Low and Medium Voltage, Mobility and Logistics, Rail Systems and Smart Grid. For more information visit www.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities
The Siemens Smart Grid Division (Nuremberg) offers power providers, network operators, industrial enterprises and cities an end-to-end portfolio with products and solutions to develop intelligent energy networks. Smart Grids enable a bidirectional flow of energy and information. They are required for the integration of more renewable energy sources in the network. In addition, power providers can run their plants more efficiently with data gained from Smart Grids. Software solutions that analyze data from Smart Grids will continuously gain importance. Thereby, the division uses in-house developments in addition to systems from software partners. For further information please see: http://www.siemens.com/smartgrid