ABB Partners with Nokia Siemens to Offer Test Smart Grid in Helsinki

By Calvin Azuri June 02, 2010
ABB Ltd, a Swiss-Swedish engineering group, is planning to design and install a test smart grid in the new Kalasatama district of Helsinki. For this, the company will partner with municipal utilities provider Helsingin Energia and Finnish-German telecommunication solutions provider Nokia Siemens Networks.

According to ABB, the project will check the idea of a flexible, low-emission power network in Kalasatama as part of a huge proposal to lift Helsinki's environmental profile. It focuses on the sustainable and proficient distribution of power.

The partners of the company will make sure that they will develop solutions to ensure that surplus power generated from renewable energy sources in the district can be fed into the power grid. This will allow electric vehicles to draw electricity from the grid or feed it back and to store energy.

Kalasatama is located in central Helsinki. In order to exhibit the testing and deployment of latest technologies, the company has an innovation centre. The district has the capacity to provide living space for around 18,000 people and about 10,000 work places.

Last month, to develop smart grid solutions in Friedrichshafen, southern Germany, the company declared its cooperation with T-Systems which is a part of German telecoms major Deutsche Telekom.

In addition, during late 2009, the company started a similar partnership with Nordic utility Fortum Oyj to offer smart grid solutions to a new district in Stockholm.
ABB is a Swiss-based global corporation which is headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland. The company offers a wide-ranging portfolio of technologies. Out of these, their chief operational areas are power and automation technologies. ABB has spread its operations in roughly 100 countries. Also, it has approximately 117,000 employees and reported global revenue of $31.8 billion for 2009. Its power products are the key components for the transmission and distribution of electricity.

Helsingin Energia is founded in 1909 and based in Helsinki. This Finnish company is owned by the city of Helsinki. It mainly generates and sells electricity, district heating and district cooling.

Nokia Siemens Networks claims to be the top telecommunications hardware, software and services companies in the world.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for IoTevolutionworld. To read more of Calvin's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

IoTevolutionworld Contributor

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