GE’s Smart Grid Projects
Andorra State – FEDA – Smart City Consulting
Forcès Electriques d’Andorra wants to develop their roadmap vision through 2020 to improve their energy and cloud based information and communication infrastructures. The project aims at attracting new investors in the domains of finance, health and new energy services for the Andorra community.
France – Issy Grid – Smart City - EMBix
Started in 2012, Issy Grid is a pilot project displaying all smart grid technologies and involving key top players (Bouygues Real Estate, Bouygues Telecom, GE, EMBIX, Schneider, Total, and others). The specificity of the project is the connection and the real-time optimization of a 160000m² business district area and 2000 housing (a total of 15000 people). Grid Solutions is contributing to the project with its EMBIX solutions. The main environmental benefits targeted and results include reduction of energy consumption in the buildings, privacy of housing data and acceptability of sharing information by inhabitants, peak shaving leading to GHG reduction, integration of 1000 m² PV local production, and integration of electrical vehicle fleet in Issy.
France - Nice Grid - DERMS
Started in 2011, Nice Grid is a smart grid pilot project in southeastern France that gathers key players such as RTE, EDF, ERDF, GE and SAFT. The project is managed by the DSO ERDF and is funded by the national environment agency ADEME and the European Commission. Grid Solutions is contributing its DERMS software platform to the project. The Carros area is an electrical peninsula supplied only by a single 400kV line with 10,500 inhabitants, including residential and industrial areas, and a peak load of 20MW. It’s objectives are to integrate locally produced renewable resources into the grid (2.5 MWp photovoltaics), provide islanding of a low voltage district able to produce its own energy and use storage resources interconnected to the main grid, optimize peak demand reduction through various programs, and create prosumers awareness and residential flexibility.
France – Poste Intelligent - Smart Substation
Réseau de Transport de l’Electricité (RTE) and Grid Solutions are partnering to building the next reference architecture for future smart substations, a key step of the French program “Grid for the future”. Launched in 2012, “Poste Intelligent” (Smart Substation) is the first 100% digital substation model in the world, a real size demonstration with two substations (225kV and 90 kV).
The project tests, in real conditions in the North of France, new digital control systems and primary equipment, including condition monitoring, new Human Machine Interface in the substation, and enhanced coordination between the high voltage and medium voltage grids. Together, these systems and equipment will enabling better monitoring, operation and maintenance in smart grid infrastructures. Project execution started in 2015. The experimentations are jointly conducted by RTE and Grid Solutions, and will measure the benefits for the environment, the local community and the grid industry after one year.
France – Smart Grid Vendée – DERMS
Engaged in 2013, Smart Grid Vendée is a territory/department scale project. Grid Solutions is delivering a Distributed Energy Resources Management System (DERMS) for the Vendee department on the west coast of France, to equip the DSO with a new version of the Nice Grid MicroGrid Cockpit. It will pilot a range of smart grid technologies to tackle the changing energy landscape, integrating renewable energies and modernizing the electricity distribution grid, in closer collaboration with the TSO.
France – SMILE French West Coast project
Launched in 2016. the project SMILE is a large scale smart grid project including Brittany and Pays-de-la-Loire with an estimated 260 millions euros investment on a 3 year period (2017-2020). In continuity with Smart Grid Vendée, the area covered includes a large diversity of situations: coast line, tourist area (with seasonal consumption peaks), islands, ports and industrial areas.
Malawi – Transmission Grid
Millennium Challenge Account – Malawi (MCA-Malawi) is an entity established by the Malawi Government to implement and manage the US$350.7 Million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact. The Compact aims to reduce poverty by spurring economic growth in Malawi. Only eight percent of Malawians are connected to the grid. The project includes the installation of remote terminal units at existing and new transmission substations in the central and southern region of Malawi as well as the upgrading of the existing telecommunication system. Announced earlier this year, GE will design, supply, install and commission its latest EMS e-terraplatform solution that will allow for real time remote monitoring, planning and optimization of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM)’s transmission systems nationwide.
United States – Duke Energy – Smart Grid
The Duke Department of Energy Smart Grid Demonstration Project (North Carolina, United States), led by the Department of Energy is designed to efficiently integrate distributed energy resources into the grid to help the operator reach its smart grid targets for 2030, including a 40% improvement in system efficiency. Grid Solutions supplied its iDMS, to integrate multiple types of distributed resources and monitor information from several distributed interfaces.
United States – Renewable Integration and PLM
The Hawaiian Islands are aggressively moving from their 80%-fossil-fuel-dependent energy generation to more renewable, carbon-free solutions. GE is working with the U.S. Department of Energy, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, Maui Electric Company and Hawaiian Electric Company to deliver smart grid solutions that will help see 40% of Hawaii’s electricity coming from clean renewable energy sources by 2030. Hawaii’s holistic solution deployment includes the demonstration of increased solar and wind integration features through GE’s Distribution Management System. The deployment is also rolling out technology breakthroughs in energy storage and other renewables–integration features to maximize the usable energy from Hawaii’s vast renewable resources. At the same time, GE will demonstrate solutions including peak load management with demand response systems and volt/VAR technologies to reduce the need for peaking generation and help manage the integration of wind and solar power. The project is looking to reduce peak load in a substation by 15% and help enable higher penetrations of renewable energy in Maui.
United States – Navy Shipyard DOE - Microgrid
This project will support President Obama's Climate Action Plan and commitment to improve power grid resiliency in the USA and help critical facilities, communities and cities better prepare for possible electricity disruptions caused by extreme weather conditions. Grid Solutions’ objective of this funding is to perform research, development and testing of advanced microgrid controllers capable of managing and controlling microgrid systems to improve viability, reliability and resiliency of the electric distribution grid. This microgrid will benefit to the Navy Yard stakeholders by reducing both their energy and grid costs.