Helsinki, Finland and Zurich, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- June 2, 2010 - Helsinki public utility Helsingin Energia together with Nokia Siemens Networks and power and automation technology group ABB are to work on the joint development of a large scale smart grid in the new Kalasatama district of Helsinki.

The R&D project will test the concept of a flexible, low emission power network in the district as part of a larger initiative to lift Helsinki's environmental profile with a focus on the sustainable and efficient distribution of power. The three companies will develop a variety of solutions based on modern communication, information and energy technologies.

These include solutions to ensure that excess power generated from renewable energy sources in the district, for instance from solar panels and wind turbines, can be fed into the power grid; to enable electric vehicles to draw electricity from the grid or feed it back; to store energy; to create easy-to-use services and to provide more flexibility and transparency in the distribution grid, helping to lower consumption and emissions.

The Kalasatama district in the heart of Helsinki will provide living space for 18,000 people and 10,000 work places, and incorporate an innovation center to showcase the latest technologies being tested and deployed.

“We have the ambition to develop the new Kalasatama district into a global benchmark for smart cities and we look forward to implementing the best available technology together with our global partners,” said Seppo Ruohonen, CEO of Helsingin Energia.

The consortium partners envision a smart grid based on industry-wide standards supporting a stable, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable power system. It will also accommodate customer demand response management systems that allow local producers and consumers to interact with the network operator and the energy market, to reduce peak loads and increase efficiency.

Helsingin Energia is one of the largest utilities in Finland, supplying energy to more than 400,000 customers and covering more than 90 percent of the heat demand of Helsinki with district heat.