With the old infrastructure reaching the end of its service life and due for replacement, Berlin’s distribution grid operator “Stromnetz Berlin” was looking for a way to achieve reliable, secure, and cost-efficient management of loads and decentralized power generation plants in the low-voltage grid. But that wasn’t all: it also wanted a solution that was equipped for the future requirements of the smart grid.
Stromnetz Berlin found two partners: the public mobile network operator e*Message and Bosch Software Innovations. Together, they designed and implemented a system for the Berlin power grid that is capable of securely and reliably assuming important control functions – both auxiliary and critical to grid operation – in thousands of customer plants in the future.
The solution is called StromPager, and it already fulfills many requirements of the future smart grid.
When Stromnetz Berlin premiered the innovative StromPager in September 2014, it became the first distribution grid in Germany to use pager radio technology for the smart management of consumption and generation plants. This has significantly expanded the range of functions available compared to conventional ripple control systems.
"The StromPager broadcasting system helps us significantly reduce the risk of blackouts in Berlin’s power supply system."
Dr. Helmar Rendez, Chairman of Management of Stromnetz Berlin GmbH