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ABB, NSN, Helsingin Energia Collaborate to Bring Smart Grid in Helsinki's Kalasatama District

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June 02, 2010

ABB, NSN, Helsingin Energia Collaborate to Bring Smart Grid in Helsinki's Kalasatama District

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor

The city of Helsinki has taken up many initiatives in the recent past with regard to the reduction of the city's carbon footprint. In its commitment to promote cleaner and greener energy, Helsinki places its focus on sustainable and efficient generation, transmission and distribution of power.

And now, a collaboration between three electrical majors is expected further boost up the city's push for a greener future.
Helsingin Energia, a public utility of the City of Helsinki; ABB, a power and automation technology group; and Nokia (News - Alert) Siemens Networks are coming together to jointly develop, test and install a smart grid in the new Kalasatama district of Helsinki.

The project will create sustainable, high efficiency electric power distribution and services based on modern communication, information and energy technologies.
The collaborating companies informed that a variety of solutions will be developed to accomplish the city's smart grid dreams. The solutions will allow city administration ensure that excess power generated from renewable energy sources in the district can be fed into the market and such sources include solar panels or wind turbines among the others.
The citizens and administration of Helsinki dream of building a smart city in Helsinki's Kalasatama district, which can set the standard for other cities around the world and the collaboration between ABB, Helsingin Energia and Nokia Siemens (News - Alert) network is expected to help translates this dream into reality. The Kalasatama district in the heart of Helsinki will provide living space for 18,000 people and 10,000 work places by 2030. Housing construction work will start later this year.
"We have the ambition to develop the new Kalasatama district into a global benchmark for smart cities and we look forward to implementing the best available technology together with our global partners", said Seppo Ruohonen, CEO of Helsingin Energia.
"In terms of scale, this is another big step forward in the development of a smarter and more flexible urban grid that can integrate distributed and renewable energy sources and help people to realize the vision of sustainable urban living," said Bazmi Husain, head of ABB's smart grids initiative.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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