City-zen: smart grid in Amsterdam Nieuw West

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We are in the midst of the transition towards clean energy. The way we use, produce and trade energy is changing rapidly. In order to facilitate this transition, existing energy systems, of which the electrical grid is an essential component, need to be adapted and upgraded. Dutch grid operator Alliander is constantly working to make sure the grid remains efficient, reliable, safe, fast and cost effective.

City-zen was an international consortium, a program stimulating learning-by-doing in Grenoble and Amsterdam between March 2014 and November 2019. The results can be found in a booklet or in detailed reports.

Update October 2018:

The End-2-End smart grid in Amsterdam Nieuw West is connected to more than 10.000 dwellings. The End-2-End smart grid is fitted with sensors and/or remote controls on every voltage level – from the low voltage 400/230 V level to and including the high voltage 150kV level - enabling the DSO Liander to monitor and control loads and voltages. The first data from the monitoring equipment has been collected which provides insights into the robustness of the grid, now and in the future.

Conclusion measurements over the year 2017: the measurements indicates that the grid is very stable and no issues with grid stability are to be expected in the near future. The effects of experiments conducted with the Virtual Power Plant are expected to be clearly discernible in measurements on the low voltage level.

Some of the activities planned in 2018 and 2019:

  • Demonstration and monitoring of the functionalities of the Virtual Power Plant and Vehicle-to-grid
  • Four bidirectional charging stations are operational and 30+ home batteries are now actively trading on the day ahead market.
  • Energy Tradingwiththe Virtual Power Plantand further develop the needed algorithms.
  • Monitoring equipment and dashboard are developed.
  • Determining the value of VPP and V2G for grid capacity and quality management and what the value is for alternatives to grid enforcement.
  • Social research among the participants of the demonstration byworkshops, interviews and questionnaires.
  • Further develop the grid control model.Continue improving the needed algorithms for monitoring and control purposes.

Contact person: Martijn van der Eerden, Alliander

What is the goal of the project?

The energy transition asks for smart solutions for the electricity grid. By adding technical and social flexibility, the grid will be ready for the expected raise of PV panels, electrical cars, all-electric households and innovative solutions as Vehicle2Grid and Virtual Power Plants.

What is the result of the project?

The Smart Grid will be implemented in the course of 2016 and 2017.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

This project by Alliander is part of City-zen, an European funded Smart Cities and Communities project.

What is the next step?

The Smart Grid will be implemented in the course of 2016 and 2017.

What can other cities learn from your project?

By combining technical possibilities and researching social flexibility, Alliander is taking the next step in smart grids.



Theo, excuses voor de late reactie. De pagina is zojuist bijgewerkt met een update van de huidige status. Tijdens de City-zen Days, 1-3 april 2019 in Amsterdam, zal het project en de resultaten/lessons learned worden toegelicht, t.z.t. zijn alle projecten namelijk afgerond.

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Theo Veltman

what is the status (sept 2018)?