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Finland’s national grid goes digital to integrate more renewables

Through the new smart grid, Fingrid aims to better integrate variable renewables such as solar, wind and micro-generation from bioenergy.

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Nokia is installing an internet protocol/multiprotocol label switching (IP/MPLS) network to digitalise and automate the management of the Finnish power grid.

 

Through the new smart grid, Fingrid, Finland’s nationwide power grid operator, aims to better integrate variable renewables such as solar, wind and micro-generation from bioenergy.

 

The Nokia network will also support all current and legacy grid control applications including SCADA, tele-protection and current differential protection.

 

Nokia’s IP/MPLS solution plays an important role in the digital transformation of our distributed energy resource management.

 

Kari Suominen, head of ICT for Fingrid, said: “We are committed to realising the potential of renewable energy generation and are embarking on an ambitious transformation of our national grid to make it smarter and more flexible.

 

"Nokia’s IP/MPLS solution plays an important role in the digital transformation of our distributed energy resource management by providing us with a reliable, secure and agile communications system that has the potential to support all of our power management needs.”

 

Agile grids

 

Finland’s power transmission network is constantly being upgraded in order to meet changing energy requirements. Solar and wind generation, for example, need a much more agile and automated grid to manage the variable, two-way power flows. Inputs and outputs must be automatically ramped and balanced. New distributed energy resource management systems need reliable, secure communications systems to monitor, control, coordinate and manage distributed energy assets.

 

Solar and wind generation need a much more agile and automated grid to manage the variable, two-way power flows.

 

Kamal Ballout, Global Vice President of Energy Practice for Nokia, said: “Fingrid joins our long list of transmission system operator customers who are modernising their networks and transforming their businesses by embracing more distributed and renewable energy sources.

 

“Through continued investment in our IP portfolio, we are able to meet the specific requirements of today’s energy market, helping them evolve their infrastructure for a more sustainable future.”

 

This project is in partnership with NetNordic, a longstanding Nokia partner.

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