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28.01.2014

EUR 300 million for the smartest metropolitan grid in Germany

EUR 300 million for the smartest metropolitan grid in Germany

 

Berlin distribution system operator Stromnetz Berlin GmbH is focussing its construction projects in 2014 on equipping its grid of around 36,000 kilometres with intelligent control technology. Its aim is to turn Berlin's grid into the smartest metropolitan grid in Germany.

"Ever since the idea arose of transforming conventional distribution networks into intelligent electricity management systems, we have been working intensively on this topic. With the new plants due for completion this year, along with increased use of intelligent control technology, we will ensure that the Berlin electricity grid continues to be one of Europe's safest and most reliable metropolitan distribution networks in the coming decades," stated Dr Rendez, CEO of the company.

Medium voltage control room

In order to achieve this, the electricity grid for the entire urban area has gradually been equipped with extra technology which enables centralised monitoring and management from the main grid control room. The key advantage of this is that if an outage occurs, the staff in the control centre can respond quickly and redirect the electricity to other supply paths. In this way, outage times can be further reduced.

All in all, expenditure this year on network infrastructure totals EUR 294 million. As in previous years, roughly 70 per cent of this outlay will go to companies located in Berlin and Brandenburg. Although all of the network operator's large projects are awarded by European tender, local trade firms and industrial firms often win the bids.

(updated on 2 September 2014)

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