Nokia plans 5G network to Polish grid
Finnish telecom innovator Nokia has reportedly partnered with Polish company PGE Systemy to deploy a unique 5G-powered grid.
When PGE was selected by the Polish Energy Ministry to introduce a 450 MHz band to support the country’s energy distribution system operators, the company turned to Nokia, which has proven knowledge and experience in 5G networking.
Although only at the proof of concept stage of development, it is envisioned as a project that will thoroughly modernise Poland’s operational communications; 5G has been gaining traction in the European energy sector as the key for delivering a next-gen grid service.
With network speeds running at over 1,000% faster than the fastest 4G service, 5G is capable of super-charging the three core technologies at the heart of Industry 4.0 (cloud, AI and IoT).
Modernising the grid
As the fourth industrial revolution is ushered in, energy companies are starting to seriously consider how their operations could be optimised for the next generation of consumers.
Andrzej Piotrowski, VP of PGE Systemy, stated that, following Nokia’s positive research and testing, the time was right for Poland to implement sweeping changes to bring its grid up to date.
“Poland has a strong concern to digitalise our energy grid because further integration of renewables with the grid, as well as conversion to distributed energy systems, requires ubiquitous, reliable and safe communications.
“Private wireless operating in the 450 MHz range is the communications technology of choice for the energy sector right across Europe, which ensures support from industry suppliers.
“The Nokia proof of concept has demonstrated that it will meet our needs in terms of coverage, service quality, resilience and long-term availability,” he said.
Chris Johnson, VP of Nokia’s Enterprise business, agrees with Piotrowski’s assessment of the company’s network concept and clarified that Nokia would be giving high-priority to the project.
“Nokia has a big commitment to Poland’s communications infrastructure, with over 6,000 employees in-country working in our R&D centres, developing our newest technologies, including 4.9G and 5G.
“Thus, we are very pleased to be providing further support for the digitalization of the Polish electrical grid by PGE Systemy.”
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Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.