Smart Grid in The Stockholm Royal Seaport will integrate the entire electricity supply system – from refrigerator to harbour

The Stockholm Royal Seaport is a pilot project for Smart Grid in an urban environment. The Swedish Energy Agency recently approved financial support for a pre - study for a project that has already awakened international interest.

The pre-study aims to produce a concept for a future test area for development and field installation of new technology that will generate both general and specific expertise concerning the optimisation, steering, maintenance and regulation of future smart electricity grids.

"There have been discussions about integrating IT into the electricity supply system for a long time. We intend to try it out in reality here," says the Swedish Energy Agency's Director General Tomas Kåberger.

It is estimated that the preliminary study will be finished in April 2011 and then the implementation will start. The district will be characterised by a large number of residential dwellings and offices where flexibility in the consumption of household electricity, electricity for other properties and electrical vehicles will become future key factors for the functioning of the electricity supply system.

"We believe that the efforts can become a part of the foundation for sustainable urban development in The Stockholm Royal Seaport and at the same time contribute to new innovations within the area," says Charlotte Brogren, Director General of Vinnova.

An energy system with greater flexibility in all its elements - from supply to application is necessary. The requirements for achieving this include a more sophisticated distribution and generation system as well as new market models.

"One objective of the project is for us to find a way to lead and drive the conversion to a more sustainable energy system. A developed smart electricity grid means that the consumers, society and we as a company all will receive benefits. In the future we will need to use our resources more efficiently and a smart electricity grid will make it possible for both large-scale and small-scale production to benefit from each other," says Per Langer, Managing Director Fortum, Sweden.

The grid and the market needs to be developed in order to accommodate the growing need for decentralised electricity production, rechargeable electrical vehicles and an increased flexibility in the use of electricity.

"We look forward to participating and creating the first urban district in the world that is being built with a complete Smart Grid. For us it is important as well natural to participate in the conversion to an energy system that is sustainable in the long-term, both within Sweden as well as in other markets," says Sten Jakobsson, President and CEO of ABB Sweden.

In addition to Fortum and ABB, participants in this project to jointly study and develop the possibility for a Smart Grid in an urban environment will also include companies, organisations and research institutes such as Bygg Vesta, Electrolux, Ericsson, HSB, Interactive Institute, JM, KTH, NCC, Stockholm Harbour and the City of Stockholm. A number of participants will take part in the preliminary study and inquiries have already been received concerning study tours from a number of foreign delegations.

The Smart Grid will be integrated into several parts of the urban environment, from active multi-family houses and different communications systems, to overarching electricity supply systems and infrastructure in both an urban environment and at the harbour. The total budget for the preliminary study is SEK 20.7 million and will be financed with approx. SEK 8.4 million from the Swedish Energy Agency and SEK 5 million from Vinnova. The remaining part of the financing will come from the participating companies and organisations.

About Smart Grid

The power supply sector on a global basis is facing large investments in infrastructure and Sweden currently has a relatively large and competitive power industry. Sweden today is on the cutting edge with respect to deregulation, the exploitation of sustainable energy sources and efficient transportation. Smart grids are being demanded around the entire world and solutions for technology,
marketing and regulation will promote research and development as well as export-related industries.