envelio has started its first pilot project in Finland with Helen Electricity Networks Ltd. Helen is Finland’s third-largest DSO, operating the grid in capital Helsinki with 400 000 end customers. In the project envelio will integrate a part of Helen’s MV and LV grid into the Intelligent Grid Platform (IGP). On this basis, automated long -and short-term grid planning applications of the IGP will be provided as a SaaS.
The government of Finland is placing increasing focus on the continuous decarbonization of transport and residential (buildings/heating) sectors with a rapid growth of new EV charging points and heat pumps in the next few years. This will require a high level of grid transparency as well as automation of the different grid planning processes, such as long-term load forecasting, short-term grid connections evaluations and grid reinforcement planning. Performing these processes is cumbersome and time-consuming with the existing systems.
The project will demonstrate how fully validated and computable grid models, on low and medium voltage level, can be provided automatically in the IGP. For this purpose, grid data from NIS (Network Information System) will be integrated. This data will be combined with data from MDMS (Meter Data Management System) to consider annual time series and smart meter data in the grid planning processes. The entire onboarding and interface development process is performed by envelio’s data engineering team with minimum of effort required from Helen.
Helen will in this pilot project have access to the IGP for an evaluation of grid transparency and data control applications as well as grid planning applications to automate different time-consuming processes such as future grid planning and connection requests.