From Singapore to Saudi Arabia, Alstom's smart grid technologies at the forefront

Fri, 2014-11-21 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid is not only implementing its technologies in interesting new ways and places – the company's innovation and influence in the smart grid space is also attracting attention. Let's take a look at some recent Alstom Grid wins.

Singapore's first renewable energy integration microgrid
Alstom Grid along with Council Associate Partner Schneider Electric and others are helping Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) build a hybrid microgrid which will integrate multiple large-scale renewable energy sources.

A first of its kind demonstration in the region, the hybrid microgrid will test and demonstrate the integration of solar, wind, tidal-current, diesel, storage and power-to-gas technologies, and ensure these energy sources operate well together. The microgrid test bed will be built on Singapore’s Semakau Landfill pictured above.

A key problem posed by renewable energy sources is that of intermittent power supply, NTU notes. The hybrid microgrid aims to ensure a stable and consistent power supply through the integration of a variety of smart energy management and storage systems.

The S$8 million initial microgrid infrastructure will also facilitate the development and commercialization of energy technologies suited for tropical conditions. A key long term goal will see the development of microgrid technologies that can help provide electricity to overseas communities that do not have access to power. This is in addition, NTU says, to introducing new technologies that can stabilize power grids in urban communities. Both are widely regarded as critical needs across Asia.

Stabilizing power supply in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Electricity Company just awarded Alstom Grid a €47 million turnkey contract to provide fast voltage support at its substations and stabilize the power supply and transmission grid that feeds major areas across Jeddah and Mecca.

Alstom Grid will supply a Static VAr Compensator (SVC) to the Jeddah substation, situated on the coast of the Red Sea in Western Saudi Arabia, and two capacitor banks to the Wadi Jaleel substation in Mecca, located about 200 km from the city of Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia is emerging as the world’s third largest market for grid and the world’s largest AC substation turnkey market, according to Alstom Grid, adding that the Saudi government is committed to spending billions in new infrastructure projects in power, industry, transport and construction. 

Alstom: innovative and influential
Earlier this month Alstom's MaxSineTM eStorage technology -- a smart converter solution for energy storage – won the Product Innovation Award in Energy Storage at the recent EU Utility Week in Amsterdam. It was selected according to four main criteria:

  • Innovative originality
  • Practicality
  • Sustainability
  • Design

The smart solution connects batteries to the electrical network, at medium or high voltage, and gives operators the ability to ‘save’ and control electricity for future use.

The solution has been deployed to Nice Grid in France, the world first smart-solar energy demonstration project, handling megawatt-scale storage since December 2013. It will also be delivered in coming weeks to south of Paris in Les Renardières, EDF’s R&D laboratory dedicated to the development of grids and smart electrical systems, and will be used for frequency regulation. EDF is also a Council Lead Partner.

And speaking of Alstom honors, Laurent Schmitt, the company's VP for Smart Grid, was recently named one of the 40 most influential people in the European smart grid by Metering & Smart Energy International magazine.

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