Japanese industry giant Hitachi is the newest member to join a smart grid demonstration project in Poland, eastern Europe.
The smart grid project is aimed at enhancing the security of the country's power system as well as reducing costs.
The Japanese company and its subsidiary, Hitachi Chemical signed an implementation document for the project with state-owned grid operator Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne, distribution network operator Energa-Operator and power supplier Energa Wytwarzanie.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the three-and-a-half-year endeavor will test whether Hitachi's special protection system can automatically prevent grid overloads in case of a transmission network accident.
Smart energy technology integration
The smart grid demnostration project will include the construction of a cost-efficient hybrid power storage system, equipped with lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries.
The Nikkei Asian Review noted that Poland aims to raise its portion of wind and other renewable energy sources in its power supply to 15% by 2020. Poland's commitment falls in line with the European Union's aim to ramp up environmental safeguards, putting increasing pressure on member countries to increase their renewable energy ratios.
To this end,the country faces the challenge of upgrading its aging grid. It is looking for solutions that can curb costs as well as increase the renewable ratio.
Hitachi will also join forces with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. to explore wider adoption of network protection and storage systems in Eastern Europe, where demand for such technologies is strong.
Just recently, German utilities holding firm Entega AG partnered with smart grid solutions firm Hitachi to help utilities optimise their services leveraging automated energy trading.
The partnership aims to help utility firms optimise their revenue generation and customer services through management and increased integration of distributed energy and renewable energy resources with grid networks.
In a combined statement, Entega AG and Hitachi said they partnered to improve their services in the automated energy trading sector. Read more ...
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