Smart grids and energy systems
The increasing demand for renewable energy and electric transportation means that energy systems are facing new challenges. Our smart grid solutions improve reliability, cost-effectiveness and resilience and pave the way for a carbon-neutral future.
Deep understanding of the energy system as a whole is a prerequisite for developing smarter energy systems and supporting sector integration.
Smart forecasting through AI and machine learning supports smart grids.
Our simulations and wide-ranging expertise support Distribution Network Operators and Distribution System Operators in reaching carbon-neutrality.
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Our society is becoming more and more dependent on energy. The increasing popularity of electric vehicles, for example, places new demands on energy systems. We also need to find new ways of utilising renewable energy in order to mitigate the environmental effects of our energy needs: the energy sector is currently responsible for almost half of all greenhouse gas emissions. Balancing between emission reduction targets, economic feasibility and resilience is at the core of smart grids and smart energy systems research.
Systemic change with smart grids
The shift towards a carbon-neutral society alters the energy system drastically. The energy mix is already changing towards renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar power, that are often weather-dependent and have varying outputs. Smart grid technologies play a crucial part in managing changing load profiles and improving the reliability and resilience of these new energy systems.
Simulations and AI-powered forecasting can help optimise energy systems and improve their efficiency. However, designing and implementing cost-effective smart grid solutions requires a deep understanding of energy systems as a whole.
Smart grid research and development at VTT
VTT’s unique offering is born out of accumulated expertise on developing various aspects of interconnected energy systems.
We are able to offer our customers tailor-made solutions that address the whole energy value chain, taking into account electricity, heating, cooling and fuels. Whether you need to improve your ability to forecast your power capacity or connect new resources to an existing grid, we can help you find the right smart grid solutions.
Our expertise ranges from detailed technologies to system solutions, and from services to market operations.
Holistic view of the energy sector and cutting-edge modelling tools
With the changing operating environment, business models also need to change. New actors, new roles and new markets are appearing, and opportunities will emerge from new approaches like sector integration.
These changes will also involve new players and new roles for old players. VTT can help you simulate different operating conditions, reconsider your role in the new energy system and navigate through the transition. Our wide-ranging expertise and various modelling and simulation tools such as Apros can help you find new energy solutions and ways of making the most of this systemic change.
Our smart grid experts
We have wide-ranging expertise in smart grids and smart energy solutions, from technical details to a big-picture, systems-level thinking.
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How to work with us
When it comes to smart grids and smart energy solutions, there are many ways to utilise our expertise.
Tell us what you want to do, and we will figure out how to do it. No project is too small or too ambitious – we would love to hear from you. After the initial assessment, we might be able to offer some of the options listed below.
Every research case is unique, and we’re happy to tailor our services to your needs. You will get full ownership of the intellectual property rights of any project we undertake together.
We frequently participate in research and development projects with multiple business partners and funding agencies. In cooperative projects the risk is split between multiple organisations and everyone benefits from the results.
Our networks at your disposal
We are happy to put you in touch with the ideal sparring and development partner.