Powel to participate in Horizon 2020, EU’s largest R&D project

Vattenfall selects Powel iAM DMS as its testing solution in the €12 million EU Research and Development (R&D) project UPGRID, which will focus on smart grid improvements and service quality. 

The Horizon 2020 project group, made up of a pan-European consortium of 19 participants from seven countries, is headed up by Iberdrola, Spain’s number one energy group. Participants will run four live smart grid demonstration sites in distribution networks in Sweden, Spain, Portugal and Poland.

Vattenfall, responsible for one of the key work packages in the research project, has invited Powel and other partners to contribute to the demonstration site in Sweden, for which Powel will offer its distribution management system (iAM DMS).

With nearly €80 billion in funding available, Horizon 2020 is the biggest R&D programme ever for the EU. Its focus is on research that results in innovation and new business, creating growth within the region. The project will look at challenges that urgently need addressing, with the aim of coming up with real solutions. One of the challenges named is the issue of satisfying our constantly increasing energy needs, while fighting climate change.

The UPGRID research project aims to find an open, standardised and integral improvement of the low and medium voltage (LV/MV) grid, addressing both the constraints and needs of the relevant stakeholders. It aims to develop and test innovative solutions for advanced operations and exploitations of low and medium voltage networks, with the main focus being on power quality and outage management.

The project will look at development of the next generation ICT infrastructure for Smart Metering and Smart Grids, analysing the cost of investment and operation, future business possibilities and application of different sensors, disconnectors and circuit breakers.

“The Horizon 2020 project fits our strategy for innovation and continuous improvement in the energy sector. We will deliver our DMS, GIS and network information systems that have advanced functionality for LV/MV grid including electrical calculation, power quality measurement and outage management both in real time and for scenario analysis, tightly integrated with grid maintenance and crew management work processes,” said Kjetil Storset, VP Smart Infrastructure at Powel.

“For Powel, this is a great opportunity to showcase our expertise in infrastructure asset management internationally whilst helping find real workable solutions that support tomorrow’s energy needs.”

The aim is that the project will have an impact in technical areas as well as economic and social. The main technical impacts of UPGRID are expected to be an improvement of power system observability, system tools to support LV/MV grid operations and advancements in Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMI) and in-home systems.

The project is set to begin early 2015 and last for three years.

For more information, please contact:
Kjetil Kvamme, Solution Manager, Powel
E-mail: Kjetil.Kvamme@powel.no
Phone: (+47) 481 64 546


About Powel
Powel AS, headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, delivers business-critical software solutions and related services specifically designed to help energy companies and public utilities improve daily operational processes and service quality. The company is a market leader in smart metering, generation, trading, grid maintenance and water management solutions with offices in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Turkey, Switzerland and Chile. Founded in 1996, Powel AS is a privately held company with 380 employees. For further information visit www.powel.com  

About Vattenfall
Vattenfall is 100 percent owned by the Swedish state and is one of Europe's largest generators of electricity. The company’s main products are electricity, heat and gas. Vattenfall produces electricity and heat from six energy sources – wind power, nuclear power, natural gas, biomass, coal power and hydropower. For further information, go to http://corporate.vattenfall.com/ 

About Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020). The project has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the European Parliament, and is seen as a means to both drive economic growth and create jobs. Horizon 2020 couples research and innovation, and the programme is based around three main pillars: excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The overall goal is to ensure that Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. For further information, go to http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/