Swedish grid operator selects Siemens for new distribution control system

Sweden’s second-largest grid operator Ellevio has selected Siemens Smart Infrastructure for the supply of a new energy distribution network control system.

The new grid control system based on Spectrum Power 7 will improve handling of increased network complexities, abnormalities, and security threats, whilst enabling improved ease and use for operators.

The new control system will be operated from Ellevio’s control centre in Karlstad which is responsible for the distribution of electricity to 965,000 consumers.

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The system is decentralised hence can be used to monitor and control Ellevio’s high, medium and low-voltage power grid from the utility’s control centre in Stockholm as well.

Once operational in 2022, the control system is expected to provide Ellevio with real-time data regarding the operation of its grid to optimise grid management and maintenance.

The platform will be integrated with current and future Enterprise IT systems.

Nils Klippenberg, Nordic Managing Director at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, said: “In this case, Siemens is providing our new advanced grid control centre solution Spectrum Power 7, which is made to enhance the operator effectiveness in ensuring a high level of real-time grid operation in addition to a high-security platform that meets the needs of the future.”

Niklas Eklund of Ellevio, adds: “With the fast-changing energy landscape, we have seen the need to upgrade our control centre to meet the increasing grid complexities to ensure a stable and reliable power supply for our customers. With Spectrum Power 7, we want to make a technological leap into the latest distribution grid operation generation. We need a secure platform to stay ahead of cybersecurity threats, and we need more transparency with the advent of more and more renewables, storage, and electromobility.”