Grid smart grid diagram

Published on June 6th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


1st Real-World Smart Grid Of Its Size In The Netherlands?

June 6th, 2011 by  

smart grid diagram

In what very well may be my favorite city on Earth — bicycle heaven Groningen, in the Netherlands — some Dutch firms have set up what they think may be the largest real-world application and study of a smart grid. In its first phase, it only includes 25 homes, but that’s a start.

The homes can freely exchange electricity, as they all have micro combined heat and power systems (High Efficiency boilers), hybrid heat pumps, smart meters, PV panels, electric transport, and smart household appliances. Together, with all of these features, they create a ‘Smart energy system’.

“This is the first time inEurope, and insofar as known worldwide, that the results of a live smart grid community are known at this technological scale,” energy consulting and testing & certification firm KEMA, leading the project, reports.

The project has been implemented by Dutch ‘knowledge institute’ TMO, software company Humiq, energy company Essent, and KEMA.

The pilot project succeeded in meeting all 3 key goals — “energy optimization for the end user, reduction in the grid load for the network operator and a reduction in imbalances for the utility” — and a second phase is starting with a new set of goals — “integration of the market model into the regular energy market processes (, such as 1) settlement and billing; 2) expansion of the use of electric transport and associated smart charging services; 3) upscaling of the live lab environment and 4) congestion management at the district transformer.”

Hopefully it goes smoothly as well and we will see such smart grids growing fast in the years to come.

h/t EarthTechling

Related Stories on CleanTechnica:

  1. One Way the Smart Grid Will Make Cheaper Heat (+ Wind Storage!)
  2. South Korea Investing $7.18 Billion In New Smart Grid
  3. IBM Planning to Offer Smart Grid Solutions to India

Image via DOE

Check out our new 93-page EV report, based on over 2,000 surveys collected from EV drivers in 49 of 50 US states, 26 European countries, and 9 Canadian provinces.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

About the Author

is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the typed word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession, Solar Love, and Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in.

Back to Top ↑