As of July 1, 2018, SCS has launched a new Department for Blockchain and Internet-Of-Things. Alain Brenzikofer heads the newly formed group as the new Department Head. We congratulate Alain Brenzikofer on the new role and wish him every success.

Distributed Ledger Technologies, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, IoT: The terms are ubiquitous and will disrupt various industries. Alain Brenzikofer has been observing these technologies for years and is a profound expert on the scene. Interesting applications arise today in the energy sector, but also in the commodity trade, with guarantees of origin. Some of these are already under development at SCS: As Partner in the “Quartierstrom” project in Walenstadt, where a blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy market is being created.

After a highly successful research- and demonstration project, the GridBox Technology is now being commercialized within the scope of a spin-off project. The company smart grid solutions AG (website), led by Martin von Euw, will take the technology to market maturity. Supercomputing Systems AG is the technology partner of the new company.

Concerning this matter, read this press release:

 

Zurich, 27th of September 2016

Establishement of smart grid solutions AG:
Spin-off of the largest Smart Grid demonstration project in Switzerland

The project partners of GridBox, the largest smart grid demonstration project of Switzerland, have now established smart grid solutions AG. The company aims at the industrialization of an innovative grid management solution and its further development. Using the new platform smartbox, the pioneering GridBox technology as well as the acquired knowledge of the successful one-year-trial are being unified in one solution.

Thus, smart grid solutions AG offers the distribution grid operators an intelligent and scalable solution, which is able to manage current and future technical challenges. Anton Gunzinger, entrepreneur and member of the board of directors of smart grid solutions AG, explains the use of the real time management systems as follows: “Due to the increase of decentralized producers, battery storage solutions and E-mobility, grid operators will face new challenges, or are already facing them. The smartbox is a tool to master these tasks and does not only serve one single purpose, but as a platform it supports a variety of tasks, services and business models of the grid operators.”

The smartbox technology is the comprehensive platform for a modern distribution grid management. As a coordinated and spread solution it guarantees for a safe yet economic network operation. Thereby the smartbox covers a multitude of requirements. Applications like fault detection- and localization, extended network monitoring, support of the asset management, prosumer-applications as well as market functions, featuring real time characteristics are being unified on just one platform.

 

By applying this generic approach, smart grid solutions AG offers a flexible and scalable measuring-, communications-, and control platform, which allows for a rapid implementation of new business models and therefore already has the answers for tomorrow’s challenges.

For more information please contact:
Martin von Euw
Geschäftsführer smart grid solutions AG
Phone +41 43 543 64 32
Mobil +41 79 230 88 58
martin.voneuw@smartgridsolutions.ch

Press Release (PDF) from 27.9.2016

In collaboration with BKW, ewz and Bacher Energie AG, as well as co-financed by the Federal Office of Energy (FOE), SCS AG has successfully fulfilled the GridBox measurement and demonstration campaigns by March 2016. The GridBox project demonstrated a real-world instance of a full featured smart grid concept. Two distribution grid regions were equipped with almost 150 Gridbox devices: an urban quarter of the city of Zurich as well as an alpine region around Bern (Kiental). The development comprised of the measurement and control box, the communication infrastructure, the central intelligence software as well as data archive and analysis tools. A large number of research campaigns have been conducted on the GridBox platform for more than a year of full operation.

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The primary results of the project are:

  • Demonstration of the feasibility of a real-time management platform for the distribution grid (low- and medium-voltage levels)
  • Development and demonstration of an advances real-time state estimation for distribution grids
  • Topology detection based on pure grid measurement data (calculation of the grid graph and identification of electrical characteristics)
  • Demonstration of a real-time optimization of the distribution grid state by influencing loads and infeed:
    • In households: control of water heaters, heat pumps and solar inverters (P and Q)
    • Within the grid: Control of a large grid battery (500kWh)
  • Recording of detailed grid measurement data in a specific archive: 150 measurement points, 1 Hz, including PMU-information
  • Evaluation of PMU functionality in the distribution grid

Box_open_Rogos_fadedPicture 1: Project-specific GridBox hardware for installation into households, distribution cabins and transformer stations. The box measures voltages and currents (12kHz resolution) with GPS-synchronized phasor information. The measurement data is preprocessed and communicated to a central data processing unit once per second. The box allows the control of flexibilities such as water heaters, heat pumps, solar infeed, batteries, e-mobility etc.

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Picture 2 : The GridBox cockpit is a live visualization of the grid state, showing real-time measurement data, state estimation output and optimizer control information. The measurement data archive is just one click away.

The core team at SCS encompassed ca. 7 engineers. The full project team including partners amounted to about 35 people including developers, data analysts, installation personnel, IT personnel and project management. We highly esteem their active contributions and commitment in order to bring this project to a successful finish.

GridBox will live on – commercialization is planned.

EasySert_FlyStream_6776_Tech_Event-Ausschnitt Modern print media are highly customized products, which efficiently appeal to lots of customer groups with well-defined contents and enclosures. The logistical management for hundreds and thousands of enclosures as well as the optimal planning of the complex production requires sophisticated algorithms, i.e. solution strategies. The corresponding specialised mathematical/IT area is called operations research.

20131126_Optimizer-01The SCS Optimizer Game under this link  visualizes the complexity of a shipping room in a playful way: enclosures for regional editions of a newspaper (lines in a table) have to be distributed to the feeding (columns of the table), in a way that best reduces the change of enclosures to the feeding (every change involves staff and time expenses). The challenge for the player lies in the manual planning of a given production (during the game, the actual as well as the minimal possible number of changes is displayed).

The tasks get harder with each level and the operating conditions change: on level 4, colour fidelity needs to be examined or, on level 5 and 6 the order of the print editions may be changed.The automated, algorithm based planning rapidly proves to be way superior compared to the manual planning (also, it is many times faster and more reliable).

The shipping room problem appears in different shapes in many other practical applications, of which some can be shown in the game: for instance, instead of enclosures that need to be associated to feeders, tools of a replaceable head of a CNC machine could be matched, baking ingredients may be distributed or the staff and vehicle demand of a pizza delivery service could be planned.

SCS gladly supports you with the development of your specific planning- and decision making tool. It always starts with an analysis of the task, in order to sort possible optimizing criteria according to their relevance and practicability. We are in constant contact with the academic world, which allows recent research results to be implemented in your project without any detours.
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Contact person at SCS: Florentin Marty