The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), Siemens and utility ELES are expanding their smart grid pilot in Slovenia.
The three parties signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology to expand the Smart Community Demonstration Project.
The parties will integrate an advanced cloud-based energy management system with a battery energy storage system installed on consumer sites.
The project runs from October 2018 to March 2021.
The aim is to prevent power outages through autonomous operation during a grid failure, ensure the quality of factory electricity through voltage dip mitigation measures and provide frequency control to electricity transmission system operators.
The pilot will be used to develop a business model to expand Europe's portfolio of distributed resources integrated with the main grid.
The pilot follows Slovenia struggling to meet demand due to increases in consumption.
The country has set a target to generate 25% of its total energy from clean resources to reduce carbon emissions and a 20% improvement in energy efficiency by 2020.
In addition, aging infrastructure is vital to maximise utility operations in Slovenia, hence the need to pilot and adopt new technologies and infrastructure.