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Smart grid Europe: Landis+Gyr is working with distribution operators in Poland to reduce outages, while ABB is developing a microgrid in rural Sweden

In European smart grid news, energy management solutions company Landis+Gyr has secured a contract in Poland with four distribution system operators (DSOs).

Under the terms of the agreement, Landis+Gyr will deliver more than 36,000 S650 smart grid terminals by the end of 2015 to four of the largest DSOs in the Eastern European country – RWE Stoen Operator, Enea Operator, Tauron Dystrybucja and PGE Dystrybucja.

 

The deal follows the DSOs launching a public tender in October 2014 for balancing meters to upgrade functionality in their medium and low voltage transformer stations, the first such joint procurement among operators in Poland.

By deploying the same smart grid technology, the utilities are reportedly aiming to secure a unified data collection standard for their networks.

The deal comes as utilities in Poland prepare to meet new regulations governing the energy sector.

Poland's national regulator is pushing DSOs to increase their power quality and network efficiency levels by stipulating that operators must reduce two key indices: the System Average Interruption Duration Index and the System Average Interruption Frequency Index, which both have far higher frequency rates in Poland in comparison to other EU countries, according to a Landis+Gyr statement.

The company said that its S650 smart grid terminal provides network monitoring and control, which allows utilities to visualize power quality issues and optimize customer outages, thereby reducing interruption frequency and duration.

Smart grid Gotland

In other European smart grid news, power technology group ABB has scooped a deal to deploy a rural smart grid on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea with the aim of integrating a high volume of wind power into the distribution system.

As part of phase one of the project, ABB is building a 10 kilovolt smart substation in the village of Källunge using the company Unigear Digital switchgear technology.

ABB will then install an advanced distribution management system and supervisory control and data acquisition system to collect and analyse data from the substation and rural grid.

The contract also includes supply of switches with feedback functionality and equipping disconnectors with remote surveillance and control capabilities.

The project, which is part of Smart Grid Gotland, also aims to give consumers the tools to actively participate on the energy market.

Participating consumers already have an end-user software solution in place allowing them to adjust their energy consumption in response to wind forecasts and price fluctuations.

Smart Grid Gotland is a joint-venture development project with Vattenfall, ABB, Gotlands Energi, Svenska Kraftnät, Schneider Electric, the Swedish Energy Agency, and the Royal Institute of Technology.